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Idaho gets third $1 million Powerball winner in 3 weeks

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Lottery officials say a ticket sold in Bonneville County in southeastern Idaho has won $1 million in Wednesday's Powerball drawing. It is the third time in five drawings that a ticket sold in Idaho has won $1 million. Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson says the winning ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball. On July 10, Audrey and David Eckert of Boise won $1 million while a Salt Lake City-area man, Mike Middlemiss, and his son, Chris, won a $1 million prize in the July 13 drawing.

Mega Millions Odds: 176M To 1

A customer at a convenience store holds her money as she waits to purchase Mega Millions lottery tickets Friday in Portland, Ore. Lottery ticket lines across the U.S. swelled Friday as players drawn by a record $640 million Mega Millions jackpot took a chance at becoming an overnight millionaire. The jackpot odds were at 1 in 176 million. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Question: Have you ever won anything from a lottery or drawing?

Mega Frenzy In Post Falls For Jackpot

With the Mega Millions jackpot reaching a record high of $540 million dollars, thousands of people across the Inland Northwest are shelling out big bucks for a chance to strike it rich. Jen Gass, a clerk at Ady's Convenience and Car Wash in Post Falls said she sold almost $4,000 dollars worth of lotto tickets on Thursday. "They come in and they are like 'I want a hundred dollar in Mega Millions' it's crazy," she said. "You get asked to kiss a ticket or blow on it for good luck, people are strange," she said/Annie Bishop, KXLY. More here.

Question: Have you purchased more than $10 worth of Mega Millions tickets?

CdA Man Wins $145K Lottery Jackpot

It could be said that breathing easier is a way of life for Coeur d'Alene's Ralph Paul. That metaphor though took on a whole new meaning when the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality air shed coordinator for North Idaho won a $145,000 Wild Card jackpot from the Idaho Lottery. The winning ticket was sold for the Oct. 8 Wild Card draw.  "I checked my numbers and couldn't believe it," said a still disbelieving Paul when he claimed his winning ticket with his wife Jody at Lottery Headquarters in Boise. "I matched every single one of the numbers"/Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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?

Mega Millions Ticket Sold In Post Falls

Item: Winning tickets for Mega Millions jackpot sold in Post Falls, Ephrata/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise

More Info: One of two $190 million winning tickets in the Mega Millions Lottery was sold in Post Falls, Idaho lottery officials announced today, splitting the big $380 million jackpot with a winner in Ephrata, Wash. The two big winners have not yet stepped forward - they have 180 days to do so. “With large winners like this, people don’t pop in the next day,” said Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. “They have things to take care of.” However, one smaller winner already has been named - Kevin Anderson of Melba, Idaho matched all five numbers but but not the mega-ball, and won a $250,000 prize.

Question: Are you glad to hear that 1 Mega Millions ticket was sold in Idaho and another in Washington?

High Noon: Mega Millions On The Line

The clock is ticking down to the Mega Millions jackpot drawing Tuesday worth an estimated $330 million. The cash option is a staggering $208.3 million. The game is similar to Powerball — players try to win by matching five regular numbers plus the "Mega ball." Tickets cost $1. Besides the jackpot, prizes range from $2 to $250,000. Drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday night/Associated Press. More here.

Question: What would you buy if you won the Mega Millions jackpot of $330 million today?