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Friday, January 22, 2021

Mega Billions? Mega Millions Jackpot Raised to $1 Billion for Tonight’s Draw

WHAT: The Mega Millions jackpot has been raised to $1 billion for tonight’s draw. As the draws get closer, some retail locations may experience higher than normal volume of player traffic. Players are advised to plan accordingly, as there may be lines to purchase tickets. Players have until 7:55 p.m. MT on Friday evening to purchase a ticket to participate in the Mega Millions draw.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Happy Sunshiney New Window Upgrades Day

Let the sun shine in. Windows in schools are offering insights into academic success and each year, Idaho Lottery dividend dollars are supporting their achievements.

Windows generally offer a view from the world we are in to the world on the other side of the glass pane. They offer us visions of snowflakes falling from the sky on a winter afternoon or the crisp freshness of a sunrise to start a new day. They brighten classrooms and have been known on more than one occasion to be the cause of daydreaming among students who wonder when recess begins.

Windows, for all the daydreaming, are proving essential to academic success. Studies have shown there is a positive link between increased sunlight and a student’s academic success. One study chronicled in Scientific American showed that of 21,000 U.S. elementary students over a single year, those who were exposed to more sunlight during the school day had 26% higher reading outcomes and 20% higher math outcomes than those in less sunny classrooms (Scientific American, April 2019). Another study done by the University of Georgia College of Education (Tanner, 2009) showed that fifth grade students in schools with unrestricted views of nature tested higher in reading, math, and language arts than students in schools with urban, or no, views at all.

Windows are just one item schools routinely replace and repair routinely with dividends from the Idaho Lottery. Seeing the light is not only good for the spirit (or daydreaming) it is good for creating a quality education experience for Idaho’s future leaders.

So, let in the light and join us in celebrating Happy Sunshiney New Window Upgrades Day. These school districts recently updated, repaired, or replaced their windows at select schools:

Bear Lake School District

Butte County School District

Cambridge Joint School District

Challis Joint School District

Filer School District

Hansen School District

Kendrick Joint School District

Lake Pend Oreille School District

Madison School District

Monticello Montessori School

Nez Perce Joint School District

Notus School District

Three Creek Joint Elementary

Twin Falls School District

Village Charter School

West Side Joint School District

Whitepine Joint School District

Xavier Charter School

Mary Carlow
$1 Million Winning Powerball Ticket Sold in Blaine County

BOISE, Idaho – For the second time this month, million-dollar luck has found Idaho. Someone who purchased a Powerball ticket for last Saturday night’s $639.4 million draw is holding a ticket worth $1 million. The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one ticket sold at an Idaho Lottery retail location in Blaine county matched the first five numbers of last Saturday night’s draw. The winning numbers for last night’s draw are 14, 20, 39, 65, 67, the Powerball was 2 and the PowerPlay number was 3.

“Idaho continues to be a lucky place for players to play and win big prizes. Saturday night in addition to the $1 million winner, we also had 18,942 other winning Powerball tickets that won prizes,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “We are encouraging everyone who played Powerball on Saturday to check their tickets carefully for winners. Too often we see players not match the Powerball and think they do not have a winning ticket. In this case, the ticket matched all five of the first numbers and is worth $1 million.”

In addition to the Powerball winners, Idaho also had 17,911 winning tickets on Mega Millions from Friday night.

The Idaho Lottery encourages everyone to sign their winning tickets before presenting them for payment. Last night’s winner has 180 days to claim their prize from Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise.

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night is now $730 million. This is the sixth largest jackpot in United States history. The Mega Millions jackpot for tonight is $850 million. It is the third largest jackpot in United States history.

As the draws get closer, some retail locations may experience higher than normal volume of player traffic. Players are advised to plan accordingly, as there may be lines to purchase tickets.

Players have until 7:55 p.m. MT tonight to purchase a ticket to participate in the Mega Millions draw and 7:55 p.m. MT tomorrow evening for the Powerball draw.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Ron Stewart
$1.4 Billion in Jackpots, Idaho Lottery Urges Responsible Play this Weekend

BOISE, Idaho – The Mega Millions estimated jackpot for Friday night has reached three-quarters of a billion dollars. The Powerball jackpot for Saturday night is now at $640 million. Combined, their jackpots total nearly $1.4 billion available for players to win this weekend. As a wave of Mega Millions mania and Powerball fever sweep across the Gem State, the Idaho Lottery is reminding everyone that playing wise benefits Idaho.

“When there’s this much interest in over a billion dollars in combined prizes on both of our big jackpot games, remember it only takes one ticket to win. Play Wise and play what you can afford, don’t go overboard,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director.

Playing Wise also helps the Idaho Lottery’s beneficiaries.

“The real winners from this weekend will be Idaho’s public schools and buildings,” added Anderson. “Over the last seven days, sales from these two games have combined to generate more than $1,000,000 in dividends for our good causes.”

In the past week, both games have combined to produce nearly 50,000 winning tickets for a total of $257,850 in prizes.

At $750 million, this jackpot is the second largest in Mega Millions history and is the fifth largest jackpot in United States history. At $640 million, Powerball is currently the 5th largest in its history, and the 9th largest jackpot in United States history.

As the draws get closer, some retail locations may experience higher than normal volume of player traffic. Players are advised to plan accordingly, as there may be lines to purchase tickets.

Players have until 7:55 p.m. MT on Friday evening to purchase a ticket to participate in the Mega Millions draw and 7:55 p.m. MT on Saturday evening for the Powerball draw.

The Idaho Lottery also recommends players sign the back of their tickets after purchase and keep them in a safe place until claiming their prize.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Idaho Lottery Debuts New Pick 4 Draw Game on Sunday

BOISE, Idaho – This Sunday, January 10, 2021, the Idaho Lottery will unveil a new, twice daily Draw Game on Sunday, Pick 4, with a top prize of $5,000 for a $1 ticket. Tickets for this game are only available from licensed Idaho Lottery retailers. This is the first new, daily numbers game offered by the Idaho Lottery since June 5, 2000 when the long-standing Pick 3 game first debuted. Pick 4 joins Pick 3 as an additional numbers game to the daily Draw Game lineup.

“Our players really appreciate and enjoy Idaho-only Draw Games,” said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. “Pick 4 is a daily game, with draws twice a day that our players have been asking us to add to our lineup. We’re looking forward to it joining Pick 3 and the prize-winning it will give to our players and the good causes we support – Idaho’s public schools and buildings.”

Pick 4 has a base price of $1 per play and is drawn twice daily at 1:59 pm Mountain Time and 7:59 pm Mountain Time, seven days a week. Like all Idaho Lottery Draw Games, players may select their numbers or ask for a Quick Pick. Players select four numbers, each between 0 and 9. If they select their numbers in the exact order as the numbers are drawn, they win $5,000. Pick 4 also includes the Sum it up! feature, where players could win even if they do not match their four numbers. For an extra $1 per dollar played, if the sum of a player’s Pick 4 numbers is the same as the sum of the four single-digit numbers drawn, they win. In all, there are eleven different ways to win.

For drawing results, players can visit idaholottery.com, call the Winning Numbers Line at 208-334-4656, download the Idaho Lottery’s free “Check-a-Ticket” app, or take their ticket to any Idaho Lottery retailer for validation. All prizes must be claimed within 180 days from the draw date.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Bonnie Bateman
Charles Zettner
Jerome Man Claims $1,000,000 Lottery Prize

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BOISE, Idaho – Charles Zettner is starting out the New Year as the Idaho Lottery’s newest millionaire. Zettner was the million-dollar winner for this year’s Idaho Lottery $1,000,000 Raffle.

“I saw a crawl on the TV that said the winning ticket was sold in Jerome County,” said Zettner on how he learned he had the winning ticket. “I went to work and there was an article in the paper, on the front page. When I looked at the number, I thought, I’ve got a ticket that’s close to that number.”

Zettner worked all day and could not wait to get home to check his tickets. Admittedly, he has had a few sleepless nights since then while holding onto the ticket until bringing it to the Lottery offices in Boise on Monday morning.

The winning ticket was purchased from the Tobacco Connection off Lincoln in Jerome. “I had gotten back from deer hunting but had hurt my knee,” explained Zettner on when he bought the ticket. “I knew the game was on sale and that I needed to buy a couple of tickets, so I borrowed my buddy’s crutches and went to the store for beverages and Raffle tickets.”

A long-time resident of Jerome, Zettner plans to take a trip and then invest his winnings.

“I’m smiling under the mask,” said Zettner of the photos taken with his oversized souvenir check. Then, as he was presented with the actual check he added, “That’s alright, that’s a lot more than I had yesterday.”

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Tobacco Connection receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.

This is the fourteenth Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle offered by the Idaho Lottery. This year, the game sold out on December 4, 2020 and generated over $800,000 to benefit Idaho public schools and buildings.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Jonathon Rowland
Charles Gerhauser
Lisa Smith
Winning Million Dollar Raffle Ticket Sold in Jerome County

BOISE, Idaho – One lucky player who purchased an Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle ticket during the early days of the game is holding a winning ticket worth $1,000,000. The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that ticket 034438 was sold at an Idaho Lottery retail location in Jerome County and is the $1,000,000 winner announced last night for the sold-out game.

“Someone who played the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle in the Magic Valley is currently holding a ticket worth a million dollars,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “We are encouraging everyone who played this year’s Raffle game to check their tickets carefully, especially those who bought their ticket in Jerome County. Everyone should sign the back of their ticket and the one-million-dollar winner should contact the Idaho Lottery to make arrangements for collecting their prize.”

In addition to the million-dollar prize, there are 14,420 other prizes including two $10,000 prizes. The two $10,000 winning tickets were 199691, which was sold at an Idaho Lottery retail location Bonneville County, and ticket 117360 which was sold at an Idaho Lottery retail location in Canyon County.

Last night’s winners have 180 days to claim their prize from Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Gregory Vawser
And the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle Winning Number is…

BOISE, Idaho – Someone holding an Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle ticket could start out the New Year as the Idaho Lottery’s newest millionaire. The Idaho Lottery announced the winning numbers in the sold-out, 2020 version of the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle shortly before 10 PM Mountain Time this evening. And this year’s $1,000,000 winning number is:

0 3 4 4 3 8

In addition to the $1,000,000 top prize, the Idaho Lottery also announced the two $10,000 prize winning numbers from this year’s game. They are:

1 9 9 6 9 1

1 1 7 3 6 0

In addition to the $1,000,000 and $10,000 prizes, this year’s game offered more prizes than any previous Raffle game, including 250 prizes of $200, 500 prizes of $50, and 13,670 prizes of $15.

For all 14,423 prizes, players can check their tickets for winners at idaholottery.com, by calling the Idaho Lottery Winning Numbers Hotline (208-334-4656), using the Idaho Lottery’s free, mobile Check-a-Ticket app, or by visiting an Idaho Lottery retail location.

All winning tickets of $1,000 or higher in this game must be claimed at Lottery offices in Boise. Players will have 180 days after the draw on December 28, 2020 to claim their prizes. Idaho Lottery offices are open from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Mountain Time, Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays. All other prizes may be claimed at Idaho Lottery retail locations.

The Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle generated more than $800,000 in dividend revenue to benefit Idaho public schools and buildings this year.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Idaho Lottery to Announce Million Dollar Winning Number Tonight

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle is one of the Idaho Lottery’s most anticipated games of the year. This year, the game sold-out in only 45 days and tonight one lucky Idaho Lottery player will find that they are holding a ticket worth $1,000,000. The Idaho Lottery will announce the winning numbers from the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle tonight at 10 pm Mountain Time.

“As a game sold only in Idaho, the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle, continues to be one of our most popular and fastest selling games each year,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “We thank everyone who participated in making this game a success for the good causes we support that benefit all Idahoans, Idaho’s public schools and buildings. All players holding Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle tickets should sign the back and keep them in a safe place until claiming their prize.”

In addition to the $1,000,000 top prize, the Idaho Lottery will also announce the two winning numbers for the $10,000 prizes. This year’s Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle game offered more prizes than any previous Raffle game, including 250 prizes of $200, 500 prizes of $50, and 13,670 prizes of $15.

For all 14,423 prizes, players can check their tickets for winners tonight at idaholottery.com, by calling the Idaho Lottery Winning Numbers Hotline (208-334-4656), using the Idaho Lottery’s free, mobile Check-a-Ticket app, or by visiting an Idaho Lottery retail location.

When visiting the Idaho Lottery’s website (idaholottery.com), players will see the Raffle Results banner on the home page. The winning number for the $1,000,000 prize will be posted there. Players can enter their Raffle numbers in the check numbers box, then click on “Check” to see if they have a winner. Also, all 14,423 winning numbers will be available for download in a pdf format from a link available on the page.

This year’s Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle included fourteen early bird prizes of $1,000. Each day for the first fourteen days of sales, October 21, 2020 through November 3, 2020, the Idaho Lottery randomly selected winning tickets from daily sales. Players were automatically eligible for these prizes once they purchased their ticket. In addition to winning $1,000, these tickets are also eligible to win additional prizes from tonight’s draw. Eleven of these prizes have been claimed. In addition, there were ten, $1,000 prizes once every 25,000th ticket. One of these prizes remains unclaimed. The remaining four winning tickets worth $1,000 are:

Players holding any of these tickets should contact the Idaho Lottery at 208-334-2600 as soon as possible for information on claiming their prize.

All winning tickets of $1,000 or higher in this game must be claimed at Lottery offices in Boise. Players will have 180 days after the draw on December 28, 2020 to claim their prizes. Idaho Lottery offices are open from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM Mountain Time, Monday through Friday, excluding State holidays. All other prizes may be claimed at Idaho Lottery retail locations.

The Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle generated more than $800,000 in dividend revenue to benefit Idaho public schools and buildings this year.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and buildings. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Happy Sweet Roof Repairs Day
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The holiday season evokes distinct, nostalgic images of snow-globe-like flakes falling from the sky, sleigh bells, frosty snowmen, and lighted trees on dark, cold winter nights. With all the holiday festivities, children become excitable the closer that certain magical day approaches, often making it hard to concentrate in class and on schoolwork. With all this excitement, it is easy to overlook what is keeping everyone warm and on these dark snowy days is the roof on top of the school building.

Working hard, the roofs of Idaho’s schools endure well-below freezing temperatures and, in any given year, a few feet of fresh snowfall. While the snow can make outdoor play for the students a lot of fun, the weight of the snow on the roof is a concern for many schools.

So, what happens during those epic winters Idaho is so famous for, where storms can leave four feet of wet, heavy snow? In 2009, the historic Lakeside Elementary School in the Plummer-Worley School District was closed due to an imminent hazard that increased snowfall would cause a catastrophic failure of the roof. In 2014, the same happened to Salmon Junior High School.

Regular maintenance and repairs of school roofs is one way to ensure they last, maintain their integrity, and provide the security for a safe learning environment. The harsh winter conditions of the past several years could explain why so many school districts and charter schools have made repairs or replaced their roofs.

The Idaho Lottery was created to benefit public schools. Our funds are used primarily for the maintenance and repairs necessary to keep student-occupied buildings operational and safe. After “Snowmaggedon” in the winter of 2016 and 2017, during the 2018 school year a total of 49 different school districts or charter schools made improvements to, or replaced, a roof(s) using Idaho Lottery funds. So today, let’s celebrate the safety, warmth, and comfort from a quality roof on Idaho’s schools. Happy Sweet Roof Repair Day, Idaho!

Here is a look at all the schools who made roof repairs or replaced a roof:

List of schools/districts

American Falls Joint School District

Bear Lake County School District

Bliss Joint School District

Boise School District

Bonneville Joint School District

Boundary County School District

Caldwell School District

Camas County School District

Cambridge Joint School District

Cascade School District

Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy

Coeur d’Alene School District

Firth School District

Fremont County Joint School District

Glenns Ferry Joint School District

Hansen School District

Homedale Joint School District

Idaho Falls School District

Kamiah Joint School District

Kimberly School District

Kootenai Bridge Academy Charter School

Kootenai Joint School District

Kuna Joint School District

Lake Pend Oreille School District

Lakeland School District

Lapwai School District

Lewiston Independent School District

Madison School District

Marsh Valley Joint School District

McCall-Donnelly Joint School District

Nampa School District

Nez Perce Joint School District

North Valley Academy

Notus School District

Oneida County School District

Orofino School District

Parma School District

Payette Joint School District

Pocatello School District

Post Falls School District

Richfield School District

Salmon School District

Taylor’s Crossing School District

Valley School District

Wallace School District

West Ada School District

Whitepine Joint School District

Wilder School District

Anthony Alexander
Michael Loizakes Jr
From Hope to Grace, Bucks for Books Improves Early Education Literacy in 2020

The year 2020 will be remembered for many things. For the Idaho Lottery, the beginning of this century’s third decade will be remembered for making a difference for education by doing good things in communities across the Gem State. Now in its second year, the Bucks for Books program from the Idaho Lottery delivered hundreds of books and distributed nineteen checks totaling $43,000 to schools in every corner of Idaho this fall.

Tucked away on the eastern shores of Lake Pend Oreille, nestled beneath groves of pine trees is Hope Elementary School in the town of Hope. This quiet town is home to a little over 100 students between kindergarten and sixth grade, many of them up-and-coming avid readers. Hope Elementary, the last elementary school before you reach Montana, received an award through the Idaho Lottery’s Bucks for Books program worth $2,000 that will be used to purchase new books for their library.

“This award gives us the opportunity to get new books and provide more choices for the students,” said Cindy Kiebert, Librarian at Hope Elementary who also helps the school’s youngest readers learn to read. “It’s always great to see the light bulb come on when they get it. If you can read, you can do anything. Students don’t always correlate that success begins with reading. It opens all the doors.”

Just up the road from Hope, and a lot closer to the Idaho-Canada border, is Valley View Elementary School in Bonners Ferry. They received a Bucks for Books award for $3,000 toward new book purchases plus a festively wrapped box that contained new books. The students and staff could not have been more thrilled for the presents.

“During our shutdown, many parents moved, households were blended, jobs and school stability was disrupted. As a result, we lost over $3,000 worth of books,” said Valley View Elementary Librarian Julie Colson when Lottery staff presented her with her check and box.

During the presentation, as the box of books was opened, the students were saying, “It’s Christmas in the Library!”

“Christmas in the Library”

“Reading will take these kids out of their lives and into the world of imagination, and when you use your imagination the world can come to you,” added Julie.

According to the Idaho Commission for Libraries, in the Gem State, a majority of Idaho public schools lack sufficient resources for their entire annual library needs. About 28% of public elementary schools report an annual budget of $100 or less for book procurement, while 62% of Idaho’s elementary schools report an annual budget of less than $1,000. This is why the Idaho Lottery, in coordination with the Idaho Commission for Libraries, introduced its Bucks for Books Idaho School Library Program.

“The Idaho Lottery was created to do good for public schools in the State of Idaho,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Bucks for Books is another way we further our ‘Do Good’ mission by promoting early education literacy among younger students.”

In the two years of the Bucks for Books program, the Idaho Lottery has provided over $80,000 in elementary school library awards and books to thirty-one schools.

About 600 miles from Hope in the southeastern corner of Idaho, Lottery Commission Chairman Craig Corbett made two Bucks for Books presentations to schools in the area.

“Reading needs to make a comeback. I believe the more you read, the more educated you become, period,” said the Commission Chairman after the presentation at Thirkill Elementary in Soda Springs where he presented them a check for $2,000.

“When the schools closed last spring, we made a big push to get books into the hands of students before they left,” said Tracey Lakey, Thirkill Elementary Librarian. “We took a loss on many lost or damaged books through this process. I take my stewardship of our students’ growth through reading very seriously and look forward to implementing the Bucks for Books award and translating it into literary success.”

Jason Moss, Andrea Binggeli, and Craig Corbett – Grace Library

Around the bend, a little to the south from Soda Springs in a wind-swept, high desert valley between two mountain ranges blanketed in fresh snow stands the 100-year-old Grace Elementary school house in the community of Grace. The century-old facility sits in a large field with sweeping views to the sheltering hillsides. It is scheduled to close at the end of this year as a new elementary school is being built in the playground behind it. Inside, the small library, which was once a classroom, is squeezed tightly, packed to the brim with old books, some more than half-a-century old and crumbling.

“Our popular books are in rough shape, many are beyond repair,” said Angela Binggeli, Librarian at Grace Elementary. “Plus, we’re moving to a new school with a larger library space. This will help us to stock those empty shelves and keep our students reading the books they’re interested in.”

Library Space at new Grace Elementary School

Making a difference for education in Idaho was a primary goal for the Lottery during 2020. For nineteen school libraries, and thousands of books later, the Idaho Lottery will be delivering on its goal to help improve early education literacy and further its mission of benefitting Idaho public schools.

Below is the complete list of all winners (by geographical location, north to south, then west to east):

Hope Elementary in Hope – $2,000

Valley View Elementary in Bonners Ferry – $3,000

Fernan STEM Academy in Coeur d’Alene – $3,000

Harrison Elementary in Harrison – $1,000

McGhee Elementary in Lewiston – $3,000

Orchards Elementary in Lewiston – $2,000

Culdesac Elementary in Culdesac – $1,000

Clearwater Valley Elementary in Kooskia – $2,000

Lincoln Elementary in Caldwell – $3,000

Ross Elementary in Kuna – $3,000

Popplewell Elementary in Buhl – $2,000

Bickel Elementary in Twin Falls – $3,000

Paul Elementary in Paul – $1,000

Fairview Elementary in Idaho Falls – $3,000

Central Elementary in Sugar City – $1,000

Midway Elementary in Menan – $1,000

Hamer Elementary in Hamer – $1,000

Thirkill Elementary in Soda Springs – $2,000

Grace Elementary in Grace – $3,000

IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY DECEMBER 10 UPDATE

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Idaho successfully completed Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three of “Idaho Rebounds: Our Path to Prosperity” according to plan. The lingering pandemic prevented progressing past Stage Four. Governor Brad Little announced Idaho was moved back to Stage Three on October 26, 2020 and, on November 13, 2020, moved Idaho back to Stage Two. Today, Governor Little announced Idaho will stay in Stage Two until further notice. Full details of the Governor’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

Our Boise office is open to pay claims. You will notice distancing markers on the floor of our lobby. Please adhere to safe distancing and all other practices that keep us healthy. Most importantly, if you feel sick do not come in to claim a prize.

As always, the Idaho Lottery pays all winning tickets above $600.00 by mail. Information on how to claim tickets of $600.00 or higher, go here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you and good luck!

Jeffrey R. Anderson

Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle Sold Out! Winning Numbers Announced on December 28, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE, Idaho – At least one lucky Idaho Lottery player who participated in the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle will be celebrating the holidays and ringing in the New Year as Idaho’s newest millionaire! All 250,000 tickets in the Idaho Lottery’s traditional holiday game, the Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle have been sold and the game has officially ended. The 250,000th ticket was sold in the afternoon of Friday, December 4, 2020. No additional tickets will be issued. Over 35,000 tickets were sold in the final seven days of sales.

This is the thirteenth time the game has sold out and the fifth time prior to Christmas. This year’s Raffle sold out the earliest of any of the previous Raffle games and was the second fastest selling Raffle game in Lottery history; second only to the first Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle in 2007, lasting only 45 days on the market.

“We thank our players and retail partners for again making the Idaho Lottery’s annual Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle a success,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Right now, someone has a ticket worth $1,000,000. All players should sign the ticket back and keep it in a safe place until the winning numbers are announced right after Christmas.”

The winning numbers will be announced on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 9:59 p.m. Mountain Time.

“Our players enjoy giving these tickets as gifts during the holidays. This year, they could be gifting a ticket worth a guaranteed $1,000,000!” added Anderson.

Players will be able to view the winning announcement live on KTVB/KTFT News Channel 7 in the Treasure and Magic Valley broadcast areas, KPVI News 6 in eastern Idaho, and KLEW 3 in northern Idaho. Players can check their tickets for winning numbers at idaholottery.com, at all Idaho Lottery retail locations, on the Idaho Lottery information hotline at 208-334-4656, or by using the Idaho Lottery Check-a-Ticket app for their iPhone or Android phone.

Besides the guaranteed top prize of $1,000,000, there are 14,422 additional prizes ranging from $15 up to $10,000. This year’s game also featured ten, $1,000 prizes mid-game for players who purchased one of the ten 25000th tickets. Also, there were 14 daily $1,000 winners during the first 14 days of sales. All players are encouraged to check their tickets for these winners.

All winning tickets of $1,000 or higher in this game must be claimed at Lottery offices in Boise. Players will have 180 days after the draw announcement on December 28, 2020 to claim their prizes.

This year’s Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle generated over $800,000 for the Idaho Lottery’s beneficiaries, Idaho public schools and buildings.

During this gift giving season, the Idaho Lottery would like to remind everyone to gift Lottery tickets responsibly. You must be 18 years old to buy, sell, or redeem Lottery products in Idaho.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Grace Elementary School

November 19, 2020
Grace Elementary School, Grace, Idaho
Awarded $3,000

McGhee Elementary

November 19, 2020
McGhee Elementary, Lewiston, Idaho
Awarded $3,000

Paul Elementary

December 1, 2020
Paul Elementary, Paul, Idaho
Awarded $1,000

Culdesac Elementary

December 1, 2020
Culdesac Elementary, Culdesac, Idaho
Awarded $1,000

Bickell Elementary

November 25, 2020
Bickel Elementary, Twin Falls, Idaho
Awarded $3,000

Clearwater Valley Elementary

November 24, 2020
Clearwater Valley Elementary, Kooskia, Idaho
Awarded $2,000

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Thirkill Elementary

November 19, 2020
Thirkill Elementary, Soda Springs, Idaho
Awarded $2,000

Popplewell Elementary

November 19, 2020
Popplewell Elementary, Buhl, Idaho
Awarded $2,000

Lincoln Elementary

November 19, 2020
Lincoln Elementary, Caldwell, Idaho
Awarded $3,000

Happy Yay Exterior Masonry Repairs Day

The building blocks for education begins with reading, writing, and arithmetic. The buildings blocks for Idaho’s schools are just that – building blocks. Bricks, mortar, lumber, the things that make our school buildings strong and last. Put the two together, and you have the foundation for building a great public education system in the Gem State.

With the ever-rising cost of new construction, now more than ever it’s important to repair and maintain Idaho’s Public School infrastructure. In fact, the Idaho Lottery was created specifically to do that. Since day 1, on July 19, 1989, the Idaho Lottery has had as it’s mission to benefit Idaho’s public schools. Specifically, in law, the Idaho Lottery is meant to benefit the Idaho Department of Education’s School District Building Account. These monies go to the maintenance and operation of student occupied facilities. Thirty-one years and $961.5 million later, the Lottery is doing just that. When it’s time to repair the bricks, fill in the cracks in the mortar, make general repairs to the walls, or do the things necessary to make our schools stronger, the Idaho Lottery has been a partner with education to help make it happen.

And so today, we celebrate the fabric of the buildings, the essence of the schools, the structure for which they’re built from – the masonry, the brick, the mortar, the buildings themselves. More specifically, these schools and districts used Lottery funds to make their facilities better, safer, for the students, staff, and faculty who use. So, Happy Yay Exterior Masonry Repairs Day!

Glenns Ferry Joint School District
Kootenai Joint School District
Madison School District
Plummer Worley School District
Rolling Hills Charter School
Village Charter School
White Pine Charter School

Ross Elementary

November 17, 2020
Ross Elementary, Kuna, Idaho
Awarded $3,000

IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY OCTOBER 26 UPDATE

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Idaho successfully completed Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. The lingering pandemic kept Idaho from advancing out of Stage Four. Unfortunately, Idaho was moved back to Stage Three and today Governor Brad Little moved Idaho back to Stage Two. Full details of Governor Little’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

Our Boise office is open to pay claims. You will notice distancing markers on the floor of our lobby. Please adhere to safe distancing and all other practices that keep us healthy. Most importantly, if you feel sick do not come in to claim a prize.

As always, the Idaho Lottery pays all winning tickets above $600.00 by mail. For information on how to claim tickets of $600.00 or higher, go here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you, good luck, and stay safe.

Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

NOTE: The statement above was an edited re-issue of a statement from October 26, 2020 when Idaho was moved back to Stage 3. The October 26 announcement can be seen in its entirety below.

October 26, 2020

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Idaho successfully completed Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. The lingering pandemic kept Idaho from advancing out of Stage Four. Unfortunately, Idaho has been moved back to Stage Three. Full details of Governor Brad Little’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

Our Boise office is open to pay claims. You will notice distancing markers on the floor of our lobby. Please adhere to safe distancing and all other practices that keep us healthy. Most importantly, if you feel sick do not come in to claim a prize.

As always, the Idaho Lottery pays all winning tickets above $600.00 by mail. Information on how to claim tickets of $600.00 or higher, go here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you and good luck!

Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

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Idaho Lottery $1,000,000 Raffle on Sale Today

BOISE – The Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle is one of the most widely anticipated games from the Idaho Lottery every year. Sales on the popular game began this morning at 4:00 a.m. Mountain Time. Just like year’s past, there are only 250,000 tickets at $10 each for this year’s Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

“Idaho Lottery players enjoy playing Idaho-only games,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “The Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle has produced an Idaho Lottery millionaire every year. And after fourteen years, it’s still the best chance for players to win a million, guaranteed.”

Last year’s version of the game sold out on December 20, 2019 – five days prior to Christmas. It was the fourth time the game sold out prior to Christmas, selling out the earliest since the initial Raffle did in 2007 and making it the fourth fastest selling Raffle game in Lottery history.

“We remind everyone to have fun, but remember, it does only take just one ticket to win,” added Anderson.

Besides the guaranteed top prize of $1,000,000, there are over 14,000 additional prizes ranging from $15 up to $10,000. This year’s game features 14 daily $1,000 winners during the first 14 days of sales chosen at random from the previous day’s sales. The game also features ten, $1,000 prizes mid-game for players who purchase one of the ten 25000th tickets.

Players who win one of the first fourteen days’, $1,000 prizes must claim their prize at the Idaho Lottery offices in Boise. Their ticket will remain eligible to win additional prizes in this year’s Raffle, including the $1,000,000 top prize.

Idaho $1,000,000 Raffle tickets will remain on sale until December 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time or until the 250,000th ticket is sold.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY OCTOBER 15 UPDATE

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Idaho successfully completed Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. Unfortunately, Stage Four has been extended. Full details of Governor Brad Little’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

Our Boise office is open to pay claims. You will notice distancing markers on the floor of our lobby. Please adhere to safe distancing and all other practices that keep us healthy. Most importantly, if you feel sick do not come in to claim a prize.

As always, the Idaho Lottery pays all winning tickets above $600.00 by mail. Information on how to claim tickets of $600.00 or higher, go here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you and good luck!

Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

Note: This article was originally published on July 21, 2020 but has been re-published on August 6, August 21, September 3, September 18, October 1, and again on October 15.

Snappy New Plumbing Upgrades Day

Simply indispensable. From the vantage point of the twenty-first century, it is hard to imagine living in a world without the basic necessity of indoor plumbing. Yet this often overlooked but highly important efficiency of modern civilization has only been in use in Idaho schools for just a little over 100 years.

After the hotels that lined Main Street in Idaho’s capital city, Idaho schools in the Boise Independent School District were some of the first buildings constructed in the new State of Idaho to include indoor plumbing, fixtures, and toilets connected to a sewer system. Schools like Longfellow Elementary, Lowell Elementary, and Roosevelt Elementary were constructed in three parts, with plumbing as one distinctive and essential part. These schools were all constructed during the first twenty years of the 20th century.

As we know today, cleanliness and personal hygiene are very important in the maintenance and operation of schools, but also for students to feel independent. For some students, having access to a bathroom, especially one designed to support special needs children, is the difference between their ability to attend school in person, or not. The Idaho Lottery learned this in 2015 when we offered a Scratch Game that allowed schools the opportunity to submit projects for additional funds. The game, Money Makeover, awarded several program grants to schools across the Gem State. One of those schools was Indian Hills Elementary in Pocatello who requested funding to make restroom safety improvements for their younger and special needs students.

“Our younger students, and special needs students, have difficulty with the old facilities,” said Jill Pixton, Indian Hills Elementary School Principal during a 2015 interview with KPVI in Pocatello. “This gift from the Idaho Lottery is a wonderful necessity and it will help our younger students gain even more independence. Thank you.”

It is by no means glamorous, but crucially vital to the continued well-being of every school in Idaho. That’s why today we’re celebrating Snappy New Plumbing Upgrades Day and these recently completely projects by these districts and Charter schools who utilized Idaho Lottery dividend dollars to repair and upgrade their plumbing facilities:

American Falls Joint School District

Compass Charter School

Gooding Joint School District

Idaho Science and Technology Charter

Kootenai Bridge Academy

Kuna Joint School District

Marsh Valley Joint School District

New Plymouth School District

North Idaho STEM Charter

North Valley Academy

Richfield School District

West Ada School District

HAPPY FAB CAMPUS WALKWAY DAY

Northern Idaho is prone to having very snowy winters. The long, cold, dark nights can play a major factor in the deterioration of sidewalks and pathways across the North Idaho College (NIC) campus in Coeur d’Alene. These conditions, hazardous as they may be, can prove even more challenging for students trying to get class on time during these adverse conditions.

During Fiscal Year 2020, the Idaho Permanent Building Fund through the Idaho Division of Public Works used a portion of the funds generated by the Idaho Lottery to make much needed safety repairs to the sidewalks campus wide. Now, all 6,900 plus students who are enrolled at NIC, the 471 faculty members, and the school’s 300 employees have the opportunity to safely make it to class and work on those snowy days.

On September 17, we at the Idaho Lottery will take a moment to celebrate this simple, but vitally important improvements to the NIC campus. For all the students, the faculty, employees, and members of the Coeur d’Alene community who visit the NIC campus, Happy Fab Campus Walkway Replacement Day!

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Michael Clark
New Burley Resident Wins $300,000 on Lottery Scratch Ticket

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BOISE, Idaho – The year 2020 is turning out to be a little better for one man and his wife who moved to Burley from Arkansas this summer. Michael Clark won $300,000 from the first top prize on the Idaho Lottery’s new Scratch Game, 100X the Cash from a ticket he purchased Friday night at Mr. Gas on Overland and 21st in Burley.

“My wife wanted a couple of late-night snacks, so we walked to the store together,” explained Clark on how he got to the store and bought the ticket. “I had a $50 winner, so I cashed it and bought just the one 100X the Cash ticket. I scratched the bar code, scanned it, and it said I had to claim it at the Lottery. I thought I’d won maybe $1,000.”

Turns out Clark won a lot more. He started playing the ticket and uncovered the winning number. “The zeroes on the prize just kept coming, three of them, then another and another. It was unbelievable!” Clark said. “I never buy tickets from the big, tall vending machine. I always get them at the counter. But I bought this one from the vending machine. That winning ticket made it’s way to Burley and if we’d been five minutes earlier or five minutes later, who knows, I might not have won.”

A new resident to Idaho, Clark, has been working in Idaho off and on for a couple of years until he and his wife Cortnie decided to move to the Magic Valley full-time from Texarkana, Arkansas. Clark plans to invest his winnings for the future.

For selling the winning ticket, Mr. Gas receives a bonus of $20,000.

Clark and his wife Cortnie claim prize

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

HAPPY NEW FIRE SPRINKLER HEADS DAY

​About 7:15 am on the morning of February 1, 2007, the boiler used to heat Middleton High School in Canyon County exploded, starting a five-alarm fire that would eventually destroy 70% of the building and heavily inundate the remaining 30% with smoke damage. The tremendous blaze completely razed the older part of the school before spreading to a new wing. Ninety firefighters from twelve different agencies responded to the fire, coming from adjoining counties including Ontario, Oregon. No one was injured in the fire.

That older section of the school was built in 1964 and did not have a fire sprinkler suppression system installed.

While the community rallied around Middleton High School to offer make-shift classrooms and space for students until a new school was built to replace the one lost in the fire, fire safety awareness became front and center for school maintenance projects across the Gem State. In July 2008, the Idaho Lottery spotlighted this while hosting its annual dividend presentation at Nampa High School where they were installing a fire safety sprinkler system in their fine arts building that summer and using their annual Lottery disbursement to do so.

Since that fateful day in February 2007, countless schools and districts have utilized their Idaho Lottery dividend dollars to replace, install, upgrade, test, or improve their fire protection systems. During the summer of 2008, the town of Middleton opened a new High School campus that welcomes 2,000 students each year.

Today we are celebrating “Happy New Fire Sprinkler Head Day,” giving thanks to the systems to keep Idaho’s school safe for future generations to come. The Idaho Lottery is proud to support these projects, and all maintenance endeavors, to provide safer learning environments for all. Here is a list of locations this past year who made upgrades to their fire suppression systems:

  • Basin School District
  • Coeur d’Alene High School
  • Falcon Ridge Charter School
  • Garden Valley School District
  • Richard McKenna Charter High School
  • Rockland School District
  • Soda Springs Joint School District
  • Troy School District
  • Vallivue School District
  • Weiser School District
Lottery Returns $55,500,000 to Benefit Idaho Public Schools

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Lottery Returns $55,500,000 to Benefit Idaho Public Schools

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Lottery has announced a $55,500,000 dividend to the People of Idaho. Including this year’s dividend, the Idaho Lottery has now returned $961.5 million since it began in July 1989.

“On behalf of the Idaho Lottery Commission, it is my great pleasure to present a dividend of $55.5 million to Governor Brad Little, Superintendent of Public Instruction Sheri Ybarra, the Chairman of the Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council Dee Jameson, and the People of Idaho. We know these monies are in good hands to build a bright future for Idaho,” said Craig Corbett, Idaho Lottery Commission Chairman.

“Idaho’s public schools and the state’s Permanent Building Fund are the real winners of the Idaho Lottery. After 31 years, the Idaho Lottery has provided nearly one billion dollars to enhance public education, improve college campuses, and provide safe workforce buildings,” Governor Brad Little said.

“This year we faced a significant test in responsibly providing meaningful resources to our beneficiaries, Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund, but together with our players, our valued retailers, and vendors, we delivered,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Every time you play the Lottery, you do good for your community. You support jobs at local businesses, you benefit your local schools, and you have fun.”

The total dividend transferred to the Department of Education was $34,687,500. Of that amount, $20,812,500 is earmarked for use by the Department’s districts based on average daily attendance for public school maintenance and operations expenses. The remaining $13,875,000 is for the Department of Education’s Bond Levy Equalization Fund. The Idaho Lottery has contributed over $551 million to these accounts in support of Public Education in Idaho.

“The Idaho Lottery has been supporting schools and students across the state through annual dividends for more than 30 years,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said. “This year, in a time of unprecedented challenges for Idaho’s schools, nearly $35 million will go to much needed projects such as electrical repairs, boiler upgrades, and fire safety equipment.”

The Lottery also transferred $20,812,500 to the State of Idaho Permanent Building Fund Account. Since 1989, the Idaho Lottery has returned $422,725,000 back to support permanent buildings at, among other places, Idaho’s university campuses.

“This check provided by the Idaho Lottery will be used to fund necessary projects throughout the State of Idaho,” said Dee Jameson, Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council Chairman. “Our State universities and colleges, state agencies, buildings that serve the citizens of Idaho all have needs that these funds will help keep YOUR state buildings in good repair and up to date. Thanks to the citizens of Idaho that play the lottery.”

The Idaho Lottery ended its Fiscal Year on June 30, recording $277.6 million in annual sales, awarding $185.7 million in prizes to players, and retailers earning $16.2 million in commissions.

Idaho Governor Brad Little Accepts Dividend Check

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $4.2 billion in products, awarded more than $2.6 billion in prizes to players, returned $249 million in retail commissions, and distributed $961.5 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com

LUCKY, LUCKY IDAHO

Since July 1, 2020, per capita, Idaho is currently the luckiest Lottery playing jurisdiction in the United States. With “oh-so-close to the jackpot” wins on Lucky for Life and Mega Millions in mid-July, the Gem State is leading all 47 other playing jurisdictions in per capita wins over $500,000 on nationwide games. And the winning doesn’t stop at the big jackpot games. In-state, in the past three weeks, we’ve also seen the largest jackpot win on an InstaPlay jackpot game ever on Idaho Twenty 20s. Plus, a handful of six-figure wins are rounding out the last few weeks to make Idaho one lucky place!

In mid-July, Kevin Colvin from Pocatello got the winning started when he won the second-tier prize of $25,000 a year for life on the game Lucky for Life. He matched all five of the first numbers, just not the lucky ball number. His winning ticket was sold at the Stinker Store on Yellowstone Avenue in Pocatello. Colvin opted to take the one-time, lump sum equivalent prize of $390,000.

Following quickly on the heels of the Lucky for Life win was the second largest winning ticket on Mega Millions in Idaho Lottery history, and the ninth largest winning ticket ever sold by an Idaho Lottery retailer. The $4 million winning ticket was sold by K-C Oil in Malad to long time player from Ogden, Utah, Scott Clark. Clark and his group had been playing the lottery together for more than a decade and a half. The winnings were split among five players, with Clark and his wife Angie taking 70% of the prize. The other three winners were Scott Yearsley of Farr West, Utah, Arnold Mikesell of Morgan, Utah, and Curt Walker of Clearfield, Utah. The group claimed their winnings in early August and said since it was not enough to retire on, they planned on winning again.

The year 2020 is not turning out too bad for Henry Buschhorn of Hazelton who won and claimed $803,035 on the InstaPlay game Idaho Twenty 20s from a ticket he purchased at Valley Service in Hazelton. Idaho Twenty 20s is a game that starts with a jackpot of $25,000 and grows until it is won. Buschhorn’s win is more than double the previous jackpot win of any Idaho Lottery InstaPlay win since the game format was introduced in 2014.

Rounding out the big wins in recent weeks were Abby Heintzelman of McCall who won $300,000 on the Scratch Game Midas Touch and then Wayne Jensen of Pocatello who won $200,000 on Instant Prize Cashword. Heintzelman’s winning ticket was sold at the Maverk in McCall and Jensen’s winning ticket was sold at Berry Oil Exxon in Idaho Falls.

It’s been a lucky a month for Idaho Lottery players. Who is going to keep the lucky streak and be our next big winner?

Idaho Lottery Issues RFP for Scratch Ticket Games Printing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Lottery has formally issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) from responsible, responsive, and experienced vendors to solicit proposals for the printing of secure Scratch Ticket Games.

Earlier this month, during a regularly scheduled meeting, the Idaho Lottery Commission voted unanimously to send the Scratch Ticket Printing RFP out for bid on July 31, 2020.

“Good government practices require the Idaho Lottery to be transparent with respect to the services we contract for,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “With a contract of this size and importance, and with the current contracts set to expire, we believe it is important for us to do our due diligence and examine the opportunities this may present.”

Scratch tickets have been offered since the inception of the Lottery in 1989. Currently, the Idaho Lottery Scratch Ticket printing is provided by IGT Printing in Lakeland, Florida, and Pollard Banknote Limited in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

On average, the Idaho Lottery introduces approximately 52 Scratch Games each year. Tickets are sold in-person or through self-service vending machines at over 1,100 retail locations across Idaho.

“It is our responsibility to find the best value for the people of Idaho while maintaining the highest quality standards in our industry,” added Anderson. “As stewards of the Idaho Lottery, taking this large vendor contract out to bid is the responsible decision.”

The current vendor contracts expire in March and May of 2021.

Full, written proposals are to be submitted to the Idaho Lottery RFP Coordinator by Friday, September 18, 2020 at 3:00 PM Mountain Time.

Copies of the complete RFP may be obtained from the Idaho Lottery website at: https://idaholottery.com/pages/rfp/. Interested vendors may also formally request, in writing, a hard copy from the Idaho State Lottery at 1199 Shoreline Lane, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83702. Any questions about the RFP, the technical requirements, or specifications of the RFP should be made in accordance with the rules, guidelines, and provisions of the RFP and done in coordination with the Idaho Lottery’s RFP Coordinator, Joe King, Senior Product Manager.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

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The Only School in the World with Electric Heating

It’s what makes things run and is fundamental to the operation of any school. It provides warmth during the colder months, cools us in the summer months, and provides light on dark days. The rise of its use fueled the industrial revolution of the late 19th century and transformed the world into modern times. Yet for most of us on a day-to-day basis, electricity and the light it provides is almost taken for granted – until of course it goes out.

Idaho was a territory long before electricity and indoor lighting came to our state. With the advent of hydroelectric power from the Minidoka Dam, in 1914, Rupert High School became the nation’s first public all-electric high school and the “only school building in the world heated exclusively with electricity and having no other provisions for other heat.” (Rupert Pioneer Record, February 1914; Magicvalley.com, January 22, 2013).

Of course, today, all of Idaho’s schools are fully equipped with electricity. However, there are always occasions where upgrades and improvements are necessary. As Lottery dividend dollars are used for maintenance and operations of a school, these improvements are often funded with Lottery resources. It’s just another way the Lottery is providing safe, secure, and well-lit buildings for the development of Idaho’s future.

Happy Love Your Electrical Metering Upgrade Day! And so that students can keep coming to their schools, we’ll be happy to keep the lights on for them. Here’s a list of all the districts and schools that made repairs to their electrical capabilities (and for the record, the Minidoka School District was not one of them):

Blackfoot Charter School
Bliss Joint School District
Butte County School District
Compass Charter School
Dietrich School District
Gooding Joint School District
Homedale Joint School District
Idaho Science and Technical Charter
Kendrick Joint School District
Kootenai Bridge Academy
Kootenai School District
Meadows Valley School District
Mountain Home School District
New Plymouth Joint School District
North Idaho STEM Charter
North Valley Academy
Richard McKenna High School
Richfield School District
Ririe Joint School District
Rolling Hills Charter School
St. Maries Joint School District
Snake River School District
Taylor’s Crossing Charter School
Vallivue School District
Village Charter School
Vision Charter School
Xavier Charter School

$4 Million Mega Millions Ticket Sold in Oneida County

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$4 Million Mega Millions Ticket Sold in Oneida County

BOISE, Idaho – For the second time in as many days, luck has found Idaho. Someone who purchased a Mega Millions ticket for last night’s $91 million draw is holding a ticket worth $4 million. The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one ticket sold at an Idaho Lottery retail location in Oneida County along the Idaho-Utah border matched the first five numbers of last night’s draw and has the Megaplier option. That ticket is worth $4 million.

The winning numbers for last night’s draw are 06, 26, 55, 56, 64, the Megaball was 22, and the Megaplier number was 4. Megaplier is an option that increases non-jackpot winning tickets up to $5 million. The option is selected at the time of purchase for one additional dollar and multiplies a winning ticket, this time making a $1 million winner worth $4 million.

“Idaho is a lucky place for players to play and win big prizes. Last night, in addition to the $4 million winner, we also had 2,331 winning Mega Millions tickets that won other prizes,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “We are encouraging everyone who played Mega Millions for last night’s draw to check their tickets carefully for winners. The winner should sign their ticket immediately and contact the Idaho Lottery to make arrangements for collecting their prize.”

When claimed, this Mega Millions winner will become the 9th largest winner in Idaho Lottery history.

Last night’s winner has 180 days to claim their prize from Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise.

There was no jackpot winner nationwide for Mega Millions. The new estimated Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night’s draw is now $101 million.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Lucky Eastern Idaho! Lucky for Life Ticket Sold in Bannock County Wins $25,000 a year for Life

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Lucky Eastern Idaho! Lucky for Life Ticket Sold in Bannock County Wins $25,000 a year for Life

BOISE, Idaho – One lucky Idaho Lottery player who purchased a Lucky for Life ticket in Bannock County for last night’s draw has won luck that lasts a lifetime. The winning ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Lucky Ball, and is worth $25,000 a year for the winner’s life. The winning numbers from last night’s draw were 09, 13, 34, 36, 46, and the Lucky Ball was 10.

“We are encouraging everyone who played Lucky for Life for last night’s draw to check their tickets carefully for winners,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “The winner should sign their ticket immediately and contact the Idaho Lottery to make arrangements for collecting their prize.”

This is the sixth time an Idaho winner has won the $25,000 a year for life prize playing Lucky for Life.

Last night’s winner has 180 days to claim their prize from Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise. The winner has the option of taking a one-time, lump sum cash option of $390,000 or receiving $25,000 a year for as long as they live.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Lottery Response to Path to Prosperity July 9

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Idaho successfully completed Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. Stage Four, however, has been extended until July 24, 2020 due to increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases in certain areas of the Gem State. Full details of Governor Brad Little’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/ .

Our Boise office is open to pay claims. You will notice distancing markers on the floor of our lobby. Please adhere to safe distancing and all other practices that keep us healthy. Most importantly, if you feel sick do not come in to claim a prize.

As always, the Idaho Lottery also pays winning tickets above $600.00 by mail. Information on how to claim tickets of $600.00 or higher, go here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize .

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you and good luck!

Jeffrey R. Anderson

New Lottery Game Features Idaho’s State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOTTERY CONTACT: David Workman
[email protected]

PARKS & REC CONTACT: Chelsea Chambers
[email protected]

New Lottery Game Features Idaho’s State Parks

The Idaho Lottery and the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation have teamed up this summer to celebrate Idaho’s scenic treasures, our State parks. A new $5 Scratch Game from the Lottery features the artwork of renowned Idaho artist, Ward Hooper, and focuses on eleven of Idaho’s State Parks from across the Gem State.

Hooper has been designing artwork in the 1930’s/1940’s style for over 17 years. His work has included designs for Brundage Mountain and Bogus Basin, along with the City of Boise and for Coeur d’Alene. The graphic designer says his art is best described as “Norman Rockwell meets a Steve Miller Band album cover,” using modern technology to create that 1930s feel.

“As we navigate these unprecedented times, one thing we can do is to support and visit Idaho’s network of State parks,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Supporting our outdoor lifestyle while providing an additional opportunity to support Idaho’s education was the great benefit of working collaboratively with Idaho Parks and Recreation on the creation of this game.”

“This Lottery partnership reminds Idahoans that State Parks provide safe opportunities to get outdoors, get away and get some adventure – things we all need now,” said David Langhorst, director of Idaho State Parks and Recreation. “Come out and play, but please recreate responsibly.”

The Department of Parks & Recreation’s commission of long-time Idaho artist, Ward Hooper to design iconic art for Idaho’s State Parks became the focal point of the game. The familiar, nostalgic, vintage style of Hooper’s designs yearn for a period of yesteryear and beckon the recollection of simpler times spent outdoors under starry nighttime skies.

“For personal reasons, Winchester Lake State Park near Craigmont is still my favorite,” admitted Hooper on some of his personal connection to Idaho’s parks. “I went camping there as a boy scout. It’s closest to my heart.”

For those who are looking to collect all the game ticket art, there are eleven parks featured on this game. The parks are: Bear Lake, Bruneau Dunes, Castle Rocks, Farragut, Harriman, Lake Cascade, Lucky Peak, Ponderosa, Priest Lake, Round Lake, and Winchester Lake.

The game features two top prizes of $50,000 for players to win.

“And remember, when playing the Lottery, please play responsibly,” added Anderson.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Commission Meeting for 6/30/20
It’s more than a Scratch ticket, it’s a work of art

As summer blossoms and spring is left in our wake of recovery, the Idaho Lottery is kicking-off our summer campaign in coordination with the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation that celebrates Idaho’s scenic treasures, our State parks. As sunshine abounds, Idahoans will once again have the opportunity to celebrate our State’s great outdoors. Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, paddling, and all other forms of summer activities will once again take prominence.

At the center of our summer celebration is the Idaho Parks Scratch game, one of the most scenic series of $5 scratch tickets we’ve ever offered. If you think there’s something familiar about the look of the game that features 11 collector’s edition, individual tickets, you would be right. The Idaho Parks series was designed by renowned Idaho-artist, Ward Hooper. The nostalgic, vintage style of Hooper’s designs yearn for a period of yesteryear and beckon the recollection of simpler times spent outdoors under starry nighttime skies. Whether it’s waterskiing on Bear Lake, star gazing through the observatory at Bruneau Dunes, camping under the towering pines of Ponderosa, or sailing past the soaring mountain peaks on Lake Pend Oreille at Farragut – everyone has a favorite outdoor pastime at one of Idaho’s magnificent State parks.

“For personal reasons, Winchester Lake State Park near Craigmont is still my favorite,” admitted Hooper on some of his personal connection to Idaho’s parks. “I went camping there as a boy scout. It’s closest to my heart.”

Hooper has been designing artwork in the 1930’s/1940’s style for over 17 years. His work has included designs for Brundage Mountain and Bogus Basin, along with the City of Boise and for Coeur d’Alene. The graphic designer says his art is best described as “Norman Rockwell meets a Steve Miller Band album cover,” using modern technology to create that 1930s feel.

Idaho Parks & Recreation commissioned Hooper to make a series of nostalgic posters for their parks. He drew inspiration from personal visits and photographic research. As he describes it, “I’m not trying to create a reproduction of the park of itself. For that you hire a professional photographer. I’m trying to create the mood, the experience of the park itself.”

For those who are looking to collect all the game ticket art there are eleven parks featured on this game. The parks are: Bear Lake, Bruneau Dunes, Castle Rocks, Farragut, Harriman, Lake Cascade, Lucky Peak, Ponderosa, Priest Lake, Round Lake, and Winchester Lake.

The game features two top prizes of $50,000 for players to win. If the ticket is a non-winner, players still have a chance to win through a series of second chance opportunities. Players can enter the 8-digit, alphanumeric App Code on the front of their non-winning Idaho Parks scratch ticket to play a game to reveal entries into the Ultimate Idaho Adventure prize, drawn at the end of the game. This package offers players their choice of staying in a fully furnished, park accommodation and a personal interpretive program with an interpretive park ranger at one of the following State parks: Harriman State Park, Castle Rocks State Park, or Ponderosa State Park. In addition, the winner will receive $3,000 in cash. This prize will be awarded upon the official end of the Idaho Parks Scratch game.

There will also be weekly drawings while the game remains on the market. Players who enter their non-winning tickets will be eligible to win a weekly $500 cash and adventure pack prize.

So take a minute this summer to celebrate Idaho’s great outdoors by playing the Idaho Parks Scratch game that’s more than a Scratch Game, it’s a work of art. Plus it will be fun for the whole summer, and into the fall.

And remember, when playing the Lottery, please play responsibly and when recreating this summer, please recreate responsibly Idaho.

Idaho Lottery’s Response to IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Idaho successfully completed Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. Unfortunately, Stage Four has been extended to July 10, 2020 due to increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases in certain areas of the Gem State. Full details of Governor Brad Little’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

Our Boise office is open to pay claims. You will notice distancing markers on the floor of our lobby. Please adhere to safe distancing and all other practices that keep us healthy. Most importantly, if you feel sick do not come in to claim a prize.

As always, the Idaho Lottery pays all winning tickets above $600.00 by mail. Information on how to claim tickets of $600.00 or higher, go here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you and good luck!

Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

CELEBRATE THE HEART OF A SCHOOL

They are the heart of the school, critical for facility operation and eventual academic success. They are essential, and in the snowy, cold winter months of Idaho, vital to the school’s overall well-being. Their warm welcome on a frosty morning is inviting and comforting for the students and faculty who trek, sometimes across long distances to spend their days in academic pursuits. One might think we’re talking about a school’s support staff or the lunch crew, or even a school’s administrator. These are more important than all of them for without them, a school could not operate in the cold environs of an Idaho mountain winter.

Many of Idaho’s school facilities have a lot of years behind them. While some of the modern facilities in the Gem State have 21st century HVAC systems to heat and cool their schools, there are plenty of Idaho public schools still operating with mid-20th century boilers to handle the job of heating a school. Maintaining the boilers is a less expensive route for districts and schools than completely replacing them. To the students, teachers, staff, and parents, they’re thankful these continue to operate during Idaho’s long, cold winter months.

As part of the Idaho Lottery’s dividend, the monies we return to the Department of Education are then transferred to local school districts with the requirements the funds be used for maintenance and operational repairs. One of the most common pieces of school equipment fixed every year are boilers. So much so, that during the school year of 2018-2019, nineteen different districts and schools across Idaho either replaced or repaired their boilers and boiler systems.

So “Happy Rad Heating Boiler Replacement Day” to everyone. Help us celebrate and congratulate these districts and schools on their boiler improvements to make a safe learning space for the leaders of tomorrow.

American Falls Joint School District
American Heritage Charter School
Camas County School District
Cassia County Joint School District
Clark County Joint School District
Freemont County Joint District
Genesee Joint School District
Jefferson County Joint School District
Kootenai County Joint School District
Kuna Joint School District
Mackay Joint School District
Marsh Valley Joint School District
New Plymouth School District
Orofino Joint School District
Richfield School District
Salmon School District
Soda Springs Joint School District
South Lemhi School District
Teton County School District

Lottery Response to COVID-19 June 15 Update

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Idaho has now successfully completed Stage One, Stage Two, and Stage Three of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. Our collective efforts are working as we now enter Stage Four which runs through June 26, 2020. Full details of Governor Brad Little’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

Our claim office is now open. Please continue to practice safe distancing and all other practices that have allowed us to get to this point in the process of responding to the pandemic. Most importantly, if you feel sick do not come in to claim a prize. The Idaho Lottery is continuing pay all winning tickets above $600 by mail. Information on how to claim tickets of $600 or higher, go here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you and good luck!

Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

Lottery Response to COVID-19 May 29 Update

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Governor Brad Little’s leadership during this unprecedented time has been exceptional and I’m proud of my Idaho Lottery colleagues and all Idahoans as we have successfully completed both Stage One and Stage Two of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. Our collective efforts are working as we now enter Stage Three. Full details of Governor Little’s plan can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

We will continue to provide products for sale at our retailers. Winning tickets under $600.00 may be claimed at those locations.

Our claim office is scheduled to remain closed until June 15, 2020 when all of Idaho moves to State Four. However, the Idaho Lottery is continuing responsible operations and will pay all winners. For winning tickets above $600.00, please either mail them to us or drop them off for payment at our Boise office. For information on claiming tickets of $600.00 or higher, visit: https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Always sign your ticket.

Thank you and good luck!

Sincerely,
Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

Commission Meeting for 5/28/20
Luck Blossoms in Idaho

Luck, like spring, has blossomed across Idaho. While luck has found our players, it has also found many retail locations. Over the past two months we’ve paid winners from every corner of Idaho, including some significantly huge prizes. We want to take a moment to highlight a few of these winning retailers, some of whom will be familiar and some will be newcomers to the Lottery’s lucky retailer list.

Starting off the ‘shout-outs’ is the luckiest store in America. Jacksons #10 on Orchard by the I-84 freeway in Boise is the only retail location in the United States to ever sell two, jackpot winning Powerball tickets. Just this week, the store sold the first top prize of $300,000 on the Scratch Game Midas Touch to Sarah Ray of Ontario, Oregon.

Joining the list of lucky retail locations, and making this claim during the height of the Stay-Home/Stay-Healthy orders is the Winco in Eagle. This store sold the largest winning ticket ever on the game Idaho Cash, $381,000 to a regular player and shopper. About seven weeks later, the same store sold the last top prize of $200,000 on the Scratch Game Idaho 2020 to another regular player.

Eastern Idaho has seen its share of big winners including a $97,771 winner on Idaho Jackpot sold at the Albertsons in Ammon and a $200,000 winner on Powerball sold to a local player at Bucks, KJs on Sunnyside in Idaho Falls; both this week. In southeast Idaho, there was a $31,333 winner on Big Money jackpot sold at the Fast Stop in Franklin back in April to Lung Hnem of Logan, Utah.

Big winning tickets have turned up at retailers in the Magic Valley as well. Keith Henslock of Kimberly won $248,892 on Ultimate Diamond Jackpot from the Maverik in Kimberly. In Twin Falls, a local man won $250,000 on the Scratch Game $250,000 Extreme Cash Cashword from a ticket purchased at the Oasis on Blue Lakes in Twin Falls. And back at the end of March, a Bliss woman won the first top prize of $200,000 on Idaho 2020.

And in northern Idaho north, the luck continues. Coeur d’Alene resident Dennis Williamson won $200,000 on Pharaoh’s Fortune from a ticket he bought at the A&D Mini Mart in Coeur d’Alene. And Timothy DeMaine from Spokane bought a winning $50,000 Syringa Slingo ticket from DJ’s EZ Mart in Old Town.

Perhaps the luckiest stores of all, though, are the winner of the Favorite Retailer contest that ran alongside the Name That Scratch Game contest. See if one of your favorite stores is on this list:

SUPER 1 FOODS in Rathdrum
MAVERIK on Thain in Lewiston
FRED MEYER on Fairview in Meridian
SMITH’S FOOD & DRUG on Addison in Twin Falls
KJ’S SUPER STORE in Malad City
MAVERIK on Woodruff in Idaho Falls

Congratulations to all our winners! Here is to the luck continuing as spring transitions into summer!​

Notus Elementary School

“We all know that due to COVID19, “school” looks very different these last nine weeks,” said Notus Elementary teacher Jen Wright. “We would like to provide “Family Field Day” buckets to our 140 families at Notus Elementary. All our end of year celebrations have been canceled, including field day. We would love to provide “field day” in a bucket. These buckets would have activities and items for families to host their own field days at their home to celebrate their end of distance learning at home.”

The buckets – which will include things like water balloons, beach balls and Otter-Pops – were distributed to students and also included their summer reading logs and end-of-year awards!

Island Park Charter School

“With the COVID-19 closure of schools, we shifted to online learning,” said Island Park Charter School teacher Connie Day. “I suspect we may have other times when we will need to teach/learn remotely in the fall and winter. The supplies and books you are providing will make this much easier and more effective. Students will be able to continue “hands-on” lessons even when we are meeting remotely.”

Island Park Charter School opened last year, running entirely on community donations and volunteer teachers. Prior to the school’s opening, students spent 3-4 hours every morning on a school bus! The new school has impacted the entire rural community by allowing elementary school studnets to learn and grow in their own community.

This classroom wishlist will not only help students currently learning remotely in Island Park, but will also continue to impact students next school year.

Pocatello High School

“If I were to receive a Surface Pro I would be able to create videos for my students so that they might be able to understand what I am trying to explain without relying on YouTube to find videos that were created by other educators,” said Otterstein. “It would help bring some consistency to the learners because they would hear me teaching and would not have to get use to someone else explaining the mathematical concepts.

It may seem like this would not be needed after things start going back to normal and students are back in classrooms next school year; however, I have some plans of how I could use this device during this time as well. One of the most frustrating things as a student is missing content when they are absent for a vacation, illness, or appointments. I would be able to use the Surface Pro to make videos for students that they could access on my website. It would allow them to get the essential information from the day’s lesson and alleviate some of the stress that comes with missing school.”

Priest River Lamanna High School

“This assignment requires the students to use skill, craftsmanship, and creativity to design and build a well thought out tower or building,” said Priest River Lamanna High School teacher Rebecca Chaney. “They will use white glue to carefully and patiently bond the toothpicks together, while problem solving how to create a stable, well constructed and aesthetically pleasing piece of architecture.”

Paul Elementary

When students started learning remotely almost two months ago, they didn’t expect that was how they’d finish the year! Personal items were left behind. Paul Elementary School wants to make sure students can retrieve their items without having to go into the classrooms. Their wishlist is for 600 drawstring bags so teachers can pack up the students’ things without them having to come in contact with large groups.

Pioneer Primary School

From Pioneer Primary Teacher Veronica Hernandez: I wanted to provide something meaningful to my students in extension to my distance learning online butterfly unit. I am so very truly grateful to the VIP Club members for helping bring smiles to my student’s faces! I would not have been able to extend a hands-on activity to my students through this distance learning without the cup of caterpillars for each student. When I delivered them to my kiddos, it made my heart so happy to see their bright smiles when they received them. My goal was to ensure each of my students would remember this time for something great and positive! Thanks again for all of your support!

Grangeville Elementary

Said Grangeville teacher Teresa Gorges, “As part of my distance teaching, I zoom daily with my class (and record it for those that can’t make it) and read our focus book aloud on zoom. The experience is greatly enhanced if they have the book to follow along and read with me. If they were able to plant their own seed and take care of the plant, the “doing” part can help them understand and internalize the process of the life cycle.”

Prairie Palouse Charter School

While students are stuck inside, Prairie Palouse Charter School teacher Rebekka Boysen-Taylor wants to give her middle-schoolers a creative outlet!

With the Kid’s Book of Paper Love, her students will be able to do dozens of paper-based craft projects as well as complete a letter-writing project.

Says Boysen-Taylor, “This will be a great resource to help our middle school students express themselves artistically, document their experiences during social isolation, and connect with family, friends, and community members via good old fashioned snail mail.”

Van Buren Elementary

Van Buren’s Aimee Stacy said, “In the current uncertain times, my adaptable 5th grade students are truly my heroes. They handled the transition to distance learning with grace and perseverance.”

Priest River Elementary

From Priest River Elementary’s Elanna Philipoff: “Many of my students lack internet access so they are unable to access books on-line. My students are in need of books in hand to help them continue to read while school is closed. I have already given them many books out of our class library to allow them to continue to be able to read at home. Now that school is under a soft closure for the rest of the year, I would like to request enough books for my students to receive 4 books each for them to keep so they can continue to enjoy reading. I know my students would be so excited and grateful to receive such a wonderful gift. They love to read! They would be able to continue the joy of reading at home and also share with other family members.”

Hubbard Elementary

“I am a principal of an elementary school with 335 students in grades PK-3,” said Hubbard Elementary’s Donene Standley. “I’m an avid reader and one of the things we love doing as a school is celebrating the love of reading. It’s my goal to continue this tradition through our shutdown the remainder of the year. I’d normally highlight a book in our library while encouraging students to check out the book, but unfortunately this isn’t a possibility with the closures.”

Sacajawea Elementary

Sacajawea Elementary’s Kristy Rudan acknowledged that while she’s been able to get homework into the hands of their students while school has been under a “soft closure,” it has been much more difficult to get new and engaging reading material to them.

“Getting books into the hands of our children can do so much more than we may ever be blessed to witness first hand,” said Rudan. “But, oh, how it could change their world right now.”

Genesee Elementary

From Genesee Librarian Heidi Waisasen: “Since we have gone to online learning for the remainder of the year, we are also trying to keep connected with all the students. I work in a school library and try to keep connected with the students by means of virtual story time. So far, we have tried to use an old iPad for recording stories, but the quality of presentation is less than what we would like to share with families. We would like to purchase a small video recorder to connect with our PC computer for uploading videos. Part of our story time includes using puppeteers behind our stage to interact with the reader!”

Wendell Elementary

Wendell Elementary School is creating over 450 individual packets to get homework to their students every two weeks.

From Wendell Elementary principal Paula Chapman, “Wendell Elementary School is in a rural diary district with a lot of Trojan Pride and Power (that’s our mascot). We are all staying home during this COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning has its challenges but we are rising to the cause for our students and parents.”

Priest Lake Elementary

From first grade teacher Sara Butler, “Each year in the spring I do a life cycle unit and my kindergarten and first grade students learn about the life cycle of the butterfly. This is a very exciting learning experience and the students come into the classroom each day and the first thing they do is check on the caterpillars! Since our school is on “soft closure” through the end of the school year, we will not be doing this unit in person.”

Lucky Eastern Idaho! $200,000 Powerball Winner and $97,661 Idaho Jackpot Winner Sold in Bonneville County Last Saturday Night

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE, Idaho – Eastern Idaho was the luckiest part of the Gem State this past Saturday night! The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one winning ticket sold in Bonneville County for Powerball is worth $200,000 and another lucky ticket sold in Bonneville County Saturday night won the Idaho Jackpot game for $97,661.

The winning Powerball ticket matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. This ticket also has PowerPlay, which multiplied the prize from $50,000 up to $200,000. The winning numbers for Powerball on Saturday night were 02, 08, 18, 21, 23 and the Powerball was 16. The PowerPlay number for Saturday night was 4.

In addition to the Powerball winner, another winning ticket for the Idaho Lottery’s terminal based Scratch Game Idaho Jackpot was sold at a retail location in Bonneville County. This ticket is worth $97,661. This $5 game features a jackpot that begins at $5,000 and grows until it is won. Saturday night’s jackpot winner is the second largest in this game’s five year history.

“We are encouraging everyone who played Powerball and Idaho Cash in eastern Idaho Saturday night to check their tickets carefully for winners,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “Players should sign the back of their tickets immediately and contact the Idaho Lottery for more information on how to claim their prizes.”

Saturday night’s winners have 180 days to claim their prizes. Due to Idaho’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Idaho Lottery offices in Boise are currently closed to the public. Players currently have two options for claiming prizes of $600 or more. Players can mail winning tickets to the Lottery office for payment or they may use the dedicated mail drop box for local winners between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at the Boise office building (second floor, 1199 Shoreline Lane). Players should leave an enclosed envelope that includes their signed, winning ticket and a completed claim form and addendum which is available on the Lottery’s website (https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize).

Lottery Customer Service Representatives are processing and paying winning claims received by mail and those dropped off at the Lottery offices. The winners could also contact the Idaho Lottery during regular business hours at 208-334-2600 with any questions about claiming their prize.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Idaho’s Response to the Governor’s Stay-Healthy Order
May 15, 2020

Dear Friends of the Idaho Lottery,

Governor Brad Little’s leadership during this unprecedented time has been exceptional and I’m proud of my Idaho Lottery colleagues and all Idahoans as we successfully completed Stage One of IDAHO REBOUNDS: OUR PATH TO PROSPERITY. Our collective efforts are working. The Idaho Lottery continues to follow Governor Little’s direction in his Stay-Healthy Order as we move into Stage Two. Full details can be found here https://rebound.idaho.gov/.

Our claim office is scheduled to remain closed until June 15, 2020. The Idaho Lottery will continue to provide products for sale at retailers that remain open. Winning tickets under $600.00 can be claimed at Idaho Lottery retailers. You can also drop off any winning tickets for payment at our Boise office.

We are continuing responsible operations and will pay winners. For information on claiming tickets of $600.00 or higher, click here https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize.

Sincerely,
Jeffrey R. Anderson
Director

Idaho Lottery VIP Club Gives Back to Idaho Classrooms

When the state of Idaho began staying home due to COVID19 at the end of March and schools began remote distance learning, the Idaho Lottery knew there had to be some way we could help.

During the first days at home, it was easy to see what needed to be done. Teachers around the state were trying to figure out how to teach remotely with little time to prepare. Since it is our mission to support Idaho Public Schools, we knew we needed to support them now more than ever before.

When our Classroom Wishlist program launched in the winter of 2019, it was a monthly program with a $2,000 cap. We would post Classroom Wishlists each month on the 15th, and our VIP Club members would donate points towards the projects. In the first year, we funded more than $17,000 worth of Wishlists for Idaho students and teachers.

Last month, we ramped up the program. We decided we would fund as many projects as we could each week until the end of the school year.

We posted our first Wishlists on Monday, April 13. We were looking to fund a new camcorder for the Genesee Elementary School Library (so they could stream storytime for all their students stuck at home!), cups of caterpillars for first graders at Priest Lake Elementary School and *1,000* manila envelopes for teachers and staff at Wendell Elementary School.

We posted the Wishlists at 1 p.m. MT, and our VIP Club had used their points to fund ALL the projects in under 20 minutes. Since then, over 144,000 points have been donated towards everything from art supplies to books. After that, teachers work quickly to get the supplies to their students, spread out all over the state.

“We are so grateful to those helping fulfill our Wish List!” said Genesee Librarian Heidi Waisanen. “We now have a camcorder to take our library story time on the road. I’ve been able to record stories from my home as well as our deserted baseball field. We are getting amazing responses from our community. It is a wonderful way for us to connect virtually with our kids, as well as staff.”

The Idaho Lottery and our VIP Club will continue to fund Classroom Wishlists weekly through the end of May. After that, we will continue to fund one Classroom Wishlist per month. To learn more about the program, visit www.IdahoLottery.com/Wishlist.

Idaho Lottery’s response to Stay-Home order
We will update this page with any new information as it comes in.
Update 05/01/2020

The Idaho Lottery is following Governor Brad Little’s guidelines to help reduce the risk of the coronavirus. Go to rebound.idaho.gov for the Stages of Reopening. In compliance with the “Stages of Reopening” the Idaho Lottery we will continue to provide products for sale at retailers; however, we will keep our lobby closed until Stage 4. We will continue to pay winning tickets either at retail locations or via mail. Click here for more information on claiming winning tickets. The Idaho Lottery team is hard at work so don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions.

Update 03/26/2020

Our Lobby is Closed but the Idaho Lottery staff is still working hard.

Here are a view main points we have gotten a lot of questions about.

1. Regular ticket shipments will continue from our warehouse to our retailers as long as UPS service continues

2. Scratch and Draw Lottery tickets will still be sold at retailers who are open for business

3. Draws will continue for all our games such as Powerball and Mega Millions

4. We will continue to pay winning tickets – make sure to SIGN your tickets. More information on mailing in tickets is available here.

PRESS RELEASE 03/25/2020

BOISE, Idaho – Effective today at the close of business, the Idaho Lottery will close its Boise Office, their main center of operations, to the public with all essential employees working from home, in compliance with Governor Brad Little’s Statewide stay-home order. This comes in response to the growing public health emergency posed by COVID-19 in the communities of Idaho.

“We are living in unprecedented times in our country. If you have a winning Idaho Lottery ticket worth more than $600, please, remain in the safety of your home and refrain from coming to Boise to make your claim,” advised Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “To ensure everyone with a winning ticket, large or small, receives their payment, the Lottery will consider extending claiming periods for winning tickets for impacted claimants.”

Idaho Lottery players are encouraged to keep any winning tickets of $600 or more either in a safe and secure place until they can claim them in-person at Lottery Offices once they are re-opened to the public, or, players also have the option to mail prize winning tickets to the Lottery office for payment. These winners will be paid weekly, however, lost tickets are not the responsibility of the Idaho Lottery. Third-party insurance on the value of the winning ticket may not be sufficient to cover the entire value of the prize.

The Lottery will also offer a dedicated mail drop box for local winners between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at their Boise office (1199 Shoreline Lane, Boise). Players should leave an enclosed envelope that includes their signed, winning ticket and a completed claim form and addendum which is available on the Lottery’s website (https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize).

Most Idaho Lottery retail locations, grocery and convenient stores, have been deemed as essential services by the Governor. If those stores are open, all prizes less than $600 may be claimed during their normal hours of operation, per store policy.

All Draw Games will continue to be held. Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto America and Lucky for Life are drawn out-of-state and drawings will continue to be held. All of Idaho’s draws, Idaho Cash, 5 Star Draw, Idaho Pick 3, and Weekly Grand will also continue without interruption. Players who wish to participate without multiple trips to a retail location are encouraged to purchase multi-draw tickets, good for up to five weeks, on their next visit.

“There are players currently holding tickets for future draws and holding winning tickets right now. We have an obligation to hold these draws and pay any winning claims, and we will continue doing so,” added Anderson.

The Idaho Lottery will continue offering products for sale at all retail locations who remain open. Scratch games will continue to be shipped to retail locations, however, there may be delays and stores may experience ticket outages depending upon directives from the Governor’s Office.

“Please be patient with our retail partners during these difficult times,” said Anderson. “When the gubernatorial order is lifted, the Idaho Lottery will re-open operations and work as efficiently as we can to return to business as usual.”

The Idaho Lottery will continue to monitor and follow state, federal, and CDC protocols as directed on how to proceed. We will communicate our plans to resume operations as the situation unfolds. Players are encouraged to follow the Idaho Lottery on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for new developments.

“We recognize and regret the inconvenience these operational adjustments may cause to our players and our retailers,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “In these uncertain times, our ultimate goal must be the safety and welfare of all Idahoans.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

Commission Meeting for 4/27/20
Happy Super Pretty Landscaping Upgrades Day!

Every July, the Idaho Lottery presents the Idaho State Department of Education and the permanent building fund with an annual dividend based on the previous year’s sales. That money is then distributed among school districts, public colleges and universities and other state agencies.

Idaho Lottery dividend money is used for the upgrades and repairs needed to create an environment where Idaho students can succeed.

On the third Thursday of every month, we are highlighting the projects schools did as a way to thank our players for what they do for Idaho students.

So…Happy Super Pretty Landscaping Upgrades Day!

Last year Basin School District, Buhl Joint School District, Lake Pend Oreille School District, Melba Joint School District, Soda Springs Joint School District, the Upper Carmen Charter School and the Idaho State Department of Parks and Recreation all used Idaho Lottery dividend dollars to upgrade their landscaping through projects like sprinkler system installations, sidewalk repairs and other beautification projects.

Interested in finding out how the schools in your area are using Idaho Lottery dividend money? Start here on our Where The Money Goes page! Choose the year, your county and your school district. You’ll be able to see how much they’ve received as well as how they used it.

Thank you for your support of the Idaho Lottery and Idaho Public Schools!

If a Player Wins the Lottery

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it fall, did the tree actually make a sound? This age old riddle has been the subject of philosophical and scientific debate for centuries. The same question then can apply to playing and winning the Lottery. If a player wins a big prize and no one knows about it, did the prize actually get won?

Just like the tree, eventually someone sees the tree is toppled over, but they never heard it crash through the canopy on its way to the forest floor. The same goes for Lottery winners, especially in these days of the COVID-19 pandemic when Lottery offices are closed to the public. Just like now, if you’re reading this you’re probably not in the forest to hear a tree fall, but one may have fallen. So it goes with our Lottery winners. Just because you may not have heard the winning “Wooh!” in the store recently, does not mean an absence of winners. Despite fewer trips to the stores, players are still playing and they are still winning. In fact, this week alone, the Lottery paid out $2,159,597 in prizes. This includes thirteen taxable prizes worth $645,612 that were delivered to Lottery Offices in Boise either through the US Mail or hand delivered to the Lottery’s secure drop box.

In particular, Dennis Williamson from Coeur d’Alene won $200,000 on Pharaoh’s Fortune. His winning ticket was purchased from the A&D Mini Mart in Coeur d’Alene. His ticket arrived through the trusted delivery of the United States Postal Service and will be returned the same way.

Boisean Scott Noriyuki dropped off his big winning ticket at the Lottery Office’s drop box in Boise. Scott claimed the final top prize of $50,000 on the teal-colored version of the Scratch Game, Power 5. He bought his winning ticket from a Jacksons Food Store in Garden City.

And then, Idaho City resident Vince Betcher also brought his winning ticket to the Lottery Offices and used the secured drop box. Vince is the single largest jackpot winner in Idaho Cash’s three-year history, claiming a prize of $381,000. And it was all done without ever being face-to-face with anyone from the Idaho Lottery. In fact, the closest he got to a Lottery representative was the front end Store Manager at the Winco in Eagle where he bought his winning ticket.

The question really remains, how often when hiking in the woods have you ever seen a tree actually fall? More often you’ll see the result, a tree fallen on the path or close to it. And the same with this week’s Lottery winners. There will never be a celebratory photo of them, that signature pose with the souvenir check. And they never will have spent a single minute in Customer Service waiting for their winnings. But for Dennis, Scott, and Vince, they know they are winners.

$381,000 Idaho Cash Winner from Saturday Night’s Draw Sold in Ada County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE, Idaho –The Idaho Lottery has confirmed that one lucky Idaho Lottery player has a winning ticket sold in Ada County that matched all five of the numbers from Saturday night’s $381,000 draw on the game Idaho Cash. The winning numbers were 07, 12, 13, 19, and 24.

“Everyone who played Idaho Cash for last Saturday night’s draw needs to check their tickets carefully for winners,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “This is the single largest jackpot won on Idaho Cash since it began in 2017.”

Saturday night’s winner has 180 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize. However, in accordance with Governor’s Little’s Stay-Home order, Idaho Lottery offices are currently closed to the public. All winners, especially the winner of Saturday night’s $381,000 jackpot, are encouraged to sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until claimed at the Lottery office in Boise.

Any winning tickets of $600 or more can be claimed in-person at Lottery Offices once they are re-opened to the public or players have the option to mail winning tickets to the Lottery office for payment. These winners will be paid weekly.

Winners may use the dedicated mail drop box for local winners between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at their Boise office building (second floor, 1199 Shoreline Lane). Players should leave an enclosed envelope that includes their signed, winning ticket and a completed claim form and addendum which is available on the Lottery’s website (https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize).

The winner could also contact the Idaho Lottery during regular business hours at 208-334-2600 with any questions about claiming their prize.

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY
The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

NOWHERE TO GO AND A DAY TO GET THERE

The Peaks to Craters scenic highway from the Lost Mountain range to Craters of the Moon National Monument is one of the most beautiful and isolated roads in Idaho, and maybe in all of North America. A few years back, while traversing this road between Idaho Falls on my way back to Boise, I found myself behind a well-intentioned, yet “far-slower-than-the-speed-limit” moving recreational vehicle. While the pace made the scenery more enjoyable, I was captivated by the spare wheel cover on the back, an old worn, greyish tarp with thick black letters that read, “Nowhere to go and a day to get there!”

As I drove behind it I wondered what it would be like to actually have a day with nowhere to go and a day to get there. And what would I do with that day? What would anyone do with that kind of a day? Fast forward several years later and voila, I get to find out. It’s only day two of the stay-at-home order and that summer day long ago behind the old camper came to mind.

I do not believe any one in their wildest imagination could have ever thought we would experience the kind of self-isolation, stay-at-home scenario playing out in our state, around the country, and around the world as we watch the events surrounding COVID-19 unfold. But unlike that day behind the RV in central Idaho, this is different. In an unusual setting, in uncertain times, in many respects, I feel more connected to the Lottery’s players than I would if I were sitting in my office. As one of my work responsibilities during this time, all the calls from the Lottery’s main number are being forwarded to me.

So, what are people doing with their days at home, nowhere to be, and plenty of time to be there?

Michelle from Twin Falls was concerned about receiving her VIP points for her purchases. She plays the same tickets, the same numbers, draw in and draw out, and buys her tickets one month at a time. She used to go to Jackpot, Nevada once a month but found she was having better success with the Lottery. Plus it’s closer to home and she doesn’t have to travel. The last few times in the store, she did not receive her points and took today as an opportunity to follow up on that. All of us working remotely were able to rectify this for her.

Fred from Boise is someone who is considered ‘at risk’ during this time. He was concerned about getting his Lucky for Life tickets without having to go to a store. He was hopeful we would allow on-line play. That is still not legal in Idaho. In conversation, though, he realized that he would be visiting a store for groceries during the select times for those at risk, so we talked through using a play slips for five weeks-worth of draws on a vending machine.

Beverly from Bozeman had mailed in a claim previously to us and was hopeful it had gone out in the mail. It was for $1,000 on Power 5, one of our newer Scratch Games that features a top prize of $50,000. In joking with her, I asked why she didn’t have the top prize and she said she just hadn’t bought it yet!

A nice lady from Caldwell also had a $1,000 winning ticket she was hoping to claim. I told her to sign it and keep it in a safe place until we re-opened. I did give her the option of either mailing it in, or, if she was so inclined, dropping by the office in our pre-arranged drop box for winning tickets. We are still paying winning claims, just once a week.

A gentleman called, another dedicated Lucky for Life player, and wanted to know if he won the jackpot how long it would take to collect his winnings. On a normal day, he would be paid within an hour or so. Right now, it might be three weeks.

And there was one fellow, Larry from Cando (pronounced – Can Do), North Dakota. He had tickets from a visit to Idaho back in November. He does not have access to the Internet in Cando, North Dakota, but he has our phone number on the back of his ticket. Larry was looking for the winning numbers for Powerball from November 9 and Mega Millions from November 12. He also wanted to know what he should do if he had a winner. The best option is to sign and mail them in.

And then there were the wave of calls coming from Utah. They do not have a stay-home order for their residents, but had heard about Idaho’s. Concerned, they called to find out if our stores were open. I explained the convenient stores and grocery stores were considered ‘essential’ services and would remain open. Since our dedicated retail partners are open, our products are also available for purchase. While we are open, given our Stay-home order it is not advisable to visit Idaho at this time.

So, what did I do with nowhere to go and a day to get there? I reconnected with the Lottery’s players and retailers. In total I spoke to about three dozen people from seven different states. And all of them shared a similar theme: that our games are still top of mind, relevant, and a quality, alternative form of entertainment for people, even in the midst of a pandemic.

For everyone, I’d offer this: if you go to a store, Scratch Games in particular are a great way to while away the hours. Consider multi-draw tickets for all the draw games, be sure to sign all of your winners and keep them in a safe place. Getting through this emergency might be about as fast as that RV I was behind a few years ago – cautiously deliberate and still progressing, but when this emergency is over we will still be here, we will pay all your prizes, and we’ll celebrate Idaho’s success and your good fortune!

Everyone, be safe.

IDAHO LOTTERY CLOSES BOISE OFFICE TO PUBLIC AND PAYING CLAIMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BOISE, Idaho – Effective today at the close of business, the Idaho Lottery will close its Boise Office, their main center of operations, to the public with all essential employees working from home, in compliance with Governor Brad Little’s Statewide stay-home order. This comes in response to the growing public health emergency posed by COVID-19 in the communities of Idaho.

“We are living in unprecedented times in our country. If you have a winning Idaho Lottery ticket worth more than $600, please, remain in the safety of your home and refrain from coming to Boise to make your claim,” advised Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “To ensure everyone with a winning ticket, large or small, receives their payment, the Lottery will consider extending claiming periods for winning tickets for impacted claimants.”

Idaho Lottery players are encouraged to keep any winning tickets of $600 or more either in a safe and secure place until they can claim them in-person at Lottery Offices once they are re-opened to the public, or, players also have the option to mail prize winning tickets to the Lottery office for payment. These winners will be paid weekly, however, lost tickets are not the responsibility of the Idaho Lottery. Third-party insurance on the value of the winning ticket may not be sufficient to cover the entire value of the prize.

The Lottery will also offer a dedicated mail drop box for local winners between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily at their Boise office (1199 Shoreline Lane, Boise). Players should leave an enclosed envelope that includes their signed, winning ticket and a completed claim form and addendum which is available on the Lottery’s website (https://www.idaholottery.com/games/claim-your-prize).

Most Idaho Lottery retail locations, grocery and convenient stores, have been deemed as essential services by the Governor. If those stores are open, all prizes less than $600 may be claimed during their normal hours of operation, per store policy.

All Draw Games will continue to be held. Powerball, Mega Millions, Lotto America and Lucky for Life are drawn out-of-state and drawings will continue to be held. All of Idaho’s draws, Idaho Cash, 5 Star Draw, Idaho Pick 3, and Weekly Grand will also continue without interruption. Players who wish to participate without multiple trips to a retail location are encouraged to purchase multi-draw tickets, good for up to five weeks, on their next visit.

“There are players currently holding tickets for future draws and holding winning tickets right now. We have an obligation to hold these draws and pay any winning claims, and we will continue doing so,” added Anderson.

The Idaho Lottery will continue offering products for sale at all retail locations who remain open. Scratch games will continue to be shipped to retail locations, however, there may be delays and stores may experience ticket outages depending upon directives from the Governor’s Office.

“Please be patient with our retail partners during these difficult times,” said Anderson. “When the gubernatorial order is lifted, the Idaho Lottery will re-open operations and work as efficiently as we can to return to business as usual.”

The Idaho Lottery will continue to monitor and follow state, federal, and CDC protocols as directed on how to proceed. We will communicate our plans to resume operations as the situation unfolds. Players are encouraged to follow the Idaho Lottery on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for new developments.

“We recognize and regret the inconvenience these operational adjustments may cause to our players and our retailers,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. “In these uncertain times, our ultimate goal must be the safety and welfare of all Idahoans.”

ABOUT THE IDAHO LOTTERY

The Idaho Lottery responsibly provides a variety of entertaining games featuring Powerball, Mega Millions, Scratch GamesTM, and PullTabs with a high degree of integrity to maximize the dividend for Idaho public schools and the permanent building fund. Since their inception in 1989, the Idaho Lottery has sold over $3.9 billion in products, awarded more than $2.4 billion in prizes to players, returned $232.6 million in retail commissions, and distributed $906 million in Lottery dividends to Idaho public schools and the Permanent Building Fund. To learn more, please visit www.idaholottery.com.

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Do Good

Last year, we gave $60 million back to Idaho Public Schools and the Permanent Building Fund. With that money, school districts improved and repaired their facilities so students can have the best possible environment for success.

Some years, that means upgrading and repairing the restrooms…like in Filer, Payette, Horseshoe Bend, Shelley and Bear Lake as well as at Moscow Charter, Heritage Academy and the College of Southern Idaho.

“For over 30 years, the Idaho Lottery has delivered results for the children of the Gem State,” said Executive Director Jeff Anderson. “Lottery dividends of nearly a billion dollars have been used for repairs and maintenance of school facilities. For the past thirteen years as Lottery Director, I’ve been known to say we’re about inanimate objects – a roof or heating and air conditioning system replaced, a playground improved for fun and safety, a new floor, parking lot or classroom paint job – but I must say I’ve never talked about new and improved restrooms! Not until now, anyway.”

“When you imagine what a contemporary school facility looks like, it goes beyond the hallways. Clean, safe, and modern restrooms are essential. When citizens play the Lottery, Every Play Pays. Even for new tile, sinks and toilets.”

Right now, Idaho Lottery tickets might not be at the top of your list, but we can all remember how important the seemingly small acts we do can affect the world around us. Don’t forget to check-in on your friends and neighbors, especially those in vulnerable populations. Find ways to support local businesses in your area. If you have to be out in public, show kindness to those who don’t have the choice to stay in.

There may be a lot of uncertainty in the near future, but the Idaho Lottery will always remain committed to one thing, to Do Good. We hope you will join us.

Chris Gallegos
Idaho Lottery Response to COVID-19

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020

Today Governor Brad Little declared a State of Emergency as the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact communities around the world. We want to reassure you we at the Idaho Lottery are working hard to prepare for COVID-19 and would like to share some information with you.

  • All Idaho Lottery winning tickets can be claimed via mail or held for 180 days after the official end of the game

If you are concerned about claiming your prizes at a retailer or the Idaho Lottery office, the option to mail tickets in to 1199 Shoreline Lane, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83702 is always available. Additionally, all Idaho Lottery winning tickets are valid for cashing up to 180 days after the official end of the game.

  • Take Necessary Hygiene Precautions After Visiting Idaho Lottery Retailers

We’re all in this together and confident our retailers are taking all the necessary steps to keep our communities safe. However, it is still up to all of us to do our part. Public health officials recommend frequent hand-washing and reducing physical contact if possible.

It is also important to remember to treat the employees of our retailers with respect at this time. There is a lot of fear and panic, and much of that fear and panic is being taken out on those in retail environments. We love our retailers and are grateful for what they’re doing during this time.

  • The Idaho Lottery Office Is Taking Steps To Protect Our Staff and Visitors

In our Boise office, we are making sure to keep our common areas and workspaces clean and sanitized and are ensuring our staff is following public health officials’ recommendations regarding hygiene and social distancing.

Our management team is staying on top of information coming from public health officials and the State of Idaho to update our plan of action as we know more.

Thank you so much for being a valued part of the Idaho Lottery family. The health and safety of our employees and players is our top priority, and we appreciate your continued support as this situation evolves.

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Treasure Hunt

This fun pirate-themed Pennsylvania Lottery game has a starting jackpot of $10,000 that can be won every day during the 1:35 pm ET draw. A ticket costs $1.00. Hit the jackpot if you match all five numbers drawn.

How to Play

Get started by picking five lucky numbers from 1 to 30, or let Quick Pick randomly computer-generate them for you. You can play up to five times on each playslip – each panel is one $1.00 game.

It’s easy to play multiple times – you can purchase up to seven daily drawings in advance.

Ticket sales for the 1:35 pm ET draw end at 1:05 pm, so be sure to get your ticket by then to enter that day’s draw.

Treasure Hunt Prizes and Odds of Winning

Win a prize by matching anywhere from 2-5 of the numbers drawn. Check the table below for all the prizes and chances of winning.

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