Valentine’s gift included winning lottery ticket

The Valentine’s Day gifts Jim Johnson of Hayden purchased for his wife, Irene, included a box of chocolates, a card and a few Lottery Scratch tickets.

Johnson had no idea when he went out of town on business that his early gift would have a value of $30,000.

“When I called her from the road, I didn’t believe her at first when she told me that she’d scratched the big winning ticket,” Jim Johnson said in a news release issued by the Idaho Lottery.

“We had a few people check the ticket to be sure,” said Irene Johnson, who claimed her prize in Boise on Monday. “Until we got our check in Boise, we didn’t really believe it.”

Super 1 Foods in Hayden will receive a $3,600 bonus from the Lottery for selling the ticket. Jim Johnson purchased it at one of the Lottery’s new automated terminals.

Miller’s Food City in Spirit Lake also sold two winning lottery tickets recently, the release said. On Feb. 4, Lisa Larson of Priest River won $25,000 on Genie Riches. The next day, Tracie Edwards of Rathdrum won $15,000 in the Idaho $1 million raffle.

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