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Couple hit lottery with valentine

Thu., Feb. 12, 2009

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.

He had no idea when he went out of town 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 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 a new automated terminal.

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

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