BOISE -- Tax Day was filled with luck for four Idahoans.
Idaho Lottery officials say John Miles of Twin Falls claimed a $250,000 prize from the scratch game Silver and Gold. Miles purchased his lottery ticket at the Oasis Stop-n-Go on Addison Road in Twin Falls.
Thirty-two is my new lucky number, said Miles who uncovered the number 32 on his scratch ticket, then matched it in the play area and won one-quarter million dollars. This couldn t come at better time for me and my family. We ll be paying off the note on my house and the credit card and be debt free!
This is the third $250,000 winning scratch ticket sold at the Twin Falls store in the past two years. Oasis receives a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
Also, picking up a big check at Lottery headquarters in Boise Monday was $100,000 winner Rocky Hansen. He bought his winning ticket from the Jacksons at 897 Cole Road about 3 a.m. Saturday while coming home from work.
I stopped in to get a few things for the next morning and the clerk asked me if I needed anything else. I said Yes, how about $100,000? but bought the $10 Word O Rama ticket instead, laughed Hansen when he claimed his prize. Turns out, I got what I wanted!
Hansen says he plans to buy a new vehicle and invest the remainder of his winnings. Jacksons receives a $10,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.
And earlier Monday, Sue McCool and Horst Moll claimed the last top prize of $50,000 on the scratch game Bubble Gum Big Bingo. They bought the ticket at Albertsons on Federal Way on Sunday evening.
The friends are avid travelers and plan to take a trip to Europe to visit family.
Albertsons receives a $5,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.
All three winners were at Idaho Lottery headquarters Monday within one hour of each other.
It was one of the more memorable tax days in Idaho Lottery history, said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. We ve had big days with multiple winners before, but we can t recall this many large winners in such a short time frame and all on tax day.
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