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Trip to the fair becomes very profitable for Pocatello man

Jerrit Elmer has been going to the Eastern Idaho State Fair for his entire life. He can't wait to stop by the Idaho Lottery's event trailer and play some scratch tickets.
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Jerrit Elmer and his wife Shanelle hold a $200,000 check that was the top prize in the Idaho Lottery's Juggernaut Jackpot scratch game. (Photo: Idaho Lottery)

BOISE — A Pocatello man is $200,000 richer after a visit to the Eastern Idaho State Fair on Saturday.

Jerrit Elmer has gone to the fair his entire life. When he was younger he would visit the fair with his grandparents who stopped by the Idaho Lottery event trailer. Once he was old enough, Jerrit made it a point to visit the Idaho Lottery trailer and play scratch tickets. This year was no different. He brought his wife, Shanelle, and their 10 children.

“I couldn’t wait. Playing the lottery at the fair is a family tradition, it’s what we always do,” explained Elmer. “I bought a Bronco pack for my dad, then some tickets for us. I had some winners and went back to the booth, cashed them, and spent a little more and got the ticket.”

Elmer only scratched the bar code on the Juggernaut Jackpot ticket and gave it to Gabby Reeves, the Wooh Crew Supervisor, who checked the ticket.

“I told him he was going to need to go to Boise to cash the ticket,” said Reeves. “He wanted to see how much he’d won, but I made him sign it first before he scratched the rest of it.”

After signing it, Elmer scratched the ticket while Reeves watched. When Reeves pointed out the $200,000 win, she said Elmer got really excited.

“His expression was priceless. I got chills,” said Reeves.

“This is life-changing,” said Elmer. “You can’t win if you don’t have a ticket.”

“He says that all the time and I believe him now,” said Shanelle. “This win is coming at a perfect time for us. Thank you.”

Elmer and his family plan to use their winnings to upgrade their home in Pocatello.