Steve Colson found out Wednesday morning that he won $3.4 million in the Idaho Lottery's Hot Lotto game. His ticket matched all five numbers and the Hot Ball, making Colson the first jackpot winner in Idaho Lottery history.
Colson, a sixth generation Idahoan, is a retired U.S. Army veteran with 22 years of service, according to lottery officials.
Colson plans to take a one-time cash lump sum prize of $2.6 million. With the winnings, he plans to take his father and family on a fishing trip to Alaska, donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, build his dream motorcycle and dedicate it to the fallen soldiers in Iraq.
Im going to take care of my family and my friends, then save the rest, Colson told lottery officials.
The winning Hot Lotto jackpot ticket was sold at the Jacksons Food Store on the corner of Caldwell Boulevard and Midland Avenue in Nampa. The store will receive a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.