The Idaho Lottery says that Orlene Peterson bought her first winning ticket Friday morning at Albertsons in Hayden.
“I had bought some tickets already, then had $20 left over, so I thought what the heck, I’ll get a Grand Fortune ticket,” said Peterson describing her purchase. “When I scanned the ticket, it said I had to contact the Idaho Lottery for my winnings. That had never happened before when I was playing. I checked it and it was a $200,000 winner. I couldn’t believe it.”
The next morning, Peterson was at the Fred Meyer in Coeur d’Alene and bought a winning ticket on the scratch game Comin’ in Hot.
“When I scanned it and said I had to claim it at the lottery, I thought maybe it was $1,000. I never imagined it would be $300,000 and that it happened again. The next day!” exclaimed Peterson when she claimed her $500,000 in combined winnings from the Idaho Lottery offices in Boise on Wednesday.
So, what are the odds of one person buying two six-figure winning scratch tickets over two consecutive days from two different stores in two different towns? Lottery officials estimate that is around 1 in 282.5 million.
Peterson says she plans to pay off bills with her winnings, buy a new truck, and may take a trip to Las Vegas.