BOISE -- Christmas arrived a little late for a New Plymouth woman.

Idaho Lottery officials say Stephanie Lambersen got a nice surprise when she won $200,000 on the Christmas Countdown scratch game.

Lambertsen had gone to the EZ Mart in New Plymouth with the intention of buying a ticket for the new 25th Anniversary scratch game, but those tickets hadn t arrived yet, so she bought a Christmas Countdown ticket instead.

I took it home and played the ticket there. At first I thought I d only won $2,000, but then I kept looking at it and, well, that s when I freaked out, exclaimed Lambertsen when she realized she was holding the $200,000 winner.

Lambertsen, who works at the Walmart in Ontario, says her family plans to save the winnings and fix a few things around the house.

For selling the winning ticket, EZ Mart in New Plymouth received a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.

After picking up her winnings at the Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise, Lambertsen was finally able to purchase a scratch ticket for the 25th Anniversary game.

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