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Woman’s Luck Changes w/House Win

An Ephrata woman's luck has turned around for the better.  On Wednesday she won a brand new $250,000 home in the North Idaho College Really Big Raffle drawing. Before her number was picked, her home was burglarized earlier this month and her car stolen.  The month wasn't going well for 72-year-old Donna Wallar. “They dumped boxes, and dumped all my jewelry boxes, dump everything that they could find to dump,” said Wallar. Wallar said she walked into her home on the 4th of July weekend to discover it had been ransacked.  The thief was still on her property/KREM. More here.

Question: How would you describe your run of luck of late?

Where Is 2nd Mega Millions Winner?

Item: Post Falls to lottery winner: Please show yourself: Officials refuse to announce business which sold ticket/Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press

More Info: People in Post Falls are buzzing about the winner, even though the person may not be a local, and may not yet know they are sitting on a fortune, said Deaton, manager of Jones Chevron on busy Interstate 90, which runs from Boston to Seattle. “It's probably someone who drove through,” Deaton said. “A lot of travelers buy tickets as they drive through states.”

Question: Do you think the winner of the Post Falls lottery is local? Why? Why not?

Ephrata couple new multi millionaires


Jim and Carolyn McCullar check to see how much money he brought to Olympia to pick up their Mega Million jackpot winnings. He had $8 in his pocket.

OLYMPIA – When Jim McCullar woke his wife Carolyn shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night, she was worried he was having another heart attack.
“Are you OK?” the Ephrata woman asked her husband of 41 years.
“Yeah. I'm perfect.”
A few seconds earlier, Jim McCullar was watching television, and switched from the Glenn Beck show to catch the weather on KHQ. “Stephanie Vigil looked me right in the eye and said ‘This is what you've been waiting for. The Mega Million Dollar lottery numbers.’ She read off the six numbers, and Jim McCullar knew they’d won because those were the numbers the couple always play: her birthday, and his.

Post Falls Jackpot Winner Unknown

Item: Inland Northwest ticket-buyers share in Mega Millions fortune:Ephrata, Post Falls stores sold winners in $380 million prize/Betsy Russell, SR

More Info: Both winning tickets in the $380 million Mega Millions lottery were sold here – one in Post Falls and the other in the Grant County town of Ephrata, Wash., lottery officials announced Wednesday. Each ticket is worth $190 million. The Ephrata winner came forward Wednesday. Washington Lottery Communications Director Scott Kinney said the Washington ticket was sold to a retired man who plans to take his family along to Olympia to claim his winnings today. The Idaho winners have not yet stepped forward; they have 180 days to do so.

Question: If you had won the Mega Millions jackpot, would you come forward immediately? Or wait, to put things in order to protect your privacy and yourself?