Hansen Man Plans to Pay Off House with Lottery Winnings
BOISE, Idaho (KLIX)- Luck has found a Magic Valley man who played the Idaho Lottery. Lonnie Ellison, of Hansen, walked away ahead of the Fourth of July weekend with $200,000 after playing Casino Riches Idaho Lottery Scratch ticket. According to the Idaho Lottery Ellison didn't think he won as much as he did at first.
“As I was playing it I thought maybe it was a $100 winner,” explained Ellison. “Then I looked at it and thought, wow, I think I won $200,000. I took it home and showed my wife, looked at it about five times then took it back to the store in Kimberly. They said they couldn’t cash it and I had to come to Boise. Wow, wow, wow!”
Ellison bought the ticket in Kimberly on his way home from work. He will use that money to pay off his home and invest the rest.
Since March a dozen people from the Magic Valley have claimed prizes of at least $30,000 or more. According to the Idaho Lottery there is no other area in the state that has had that high of concentration of winners during the same period of time.