CALDWELL, Idaho -- Six weeks ago, the Idaho Lottery sold their seventh one-million dollar winning Powerball ticket since last July.
They didn't know.
In fact, the winner didn't know, until Tuesday.
On a normal day in the middle of February, 78-year-old Harvey Costlow did what he does about twice a week. He went into his neighborhood Stinker Store, bought some cigarettes and a few lottery tickets.
Daniel Rios is the assistant manager at that Stinker Store at Cleveland and Ustick in Caldwell.
He comes in every now and then, Rios said. He comes in with a smile.
The lottery tickets Harvey bought that day sat around for six weeks.
They were sitting on my card table in my garage, where I have a lounge chair, Harvey told KTVB. Just so happens that day (Tuesday), I needed a pack of cigarettes. So, I brought the tickets back in.
Daniel said, The last one that we scanned, it was it. He said, 'How much did I win?'
He said, 'You won big. You won big,' says Harvey. I just picked the numbers randomly. Just the luck of the draw.
Daniel says he got goosebumps. So, I asked him, 'Where did you get this from?'
When Harvey said he bought the ticket at his store, Daniel was almost equally surprised. This is the first time in my life seeing this, even having a million dollars in my hand.
Just for selling the ticket, the Stinker Store gets $20,000.
Dave Workman, with the Idaho Lottery, called it one of the most mysterious tickets ever. He asked Harvey what he wants to do with his million. At this stage of the game, I don't know... That's about it, that's the story of my life, if you don't play, you can't win... Somebody has to win.
Daniel says he'll be playing a little bit more now, and is glad Harvey won. I'm very happy for him. He deserves it. He's just a constant good guy.
Lottery officials remind everyone to check their tickets. While you might not in, or win just a few bucks. You might also be sitting on the jackpot. In fact, there are millions in unclaimed prizes every year.
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