Susan Worthington didn't win the jackpot in last week's $587.5 million Powerball game, but her ticket was worth a cool million bucks, the Idaho Lottery announced Tuesday.
The 63-year-old retiree spent $10 on game tickets at the Albertsons store at Ustick and Five Mile in West Boise. Half the money for the tickets was from her mom, Jean Worthington-Byers, 83.
After the drawing, Worthington's mom texted her the winning numbers. One of her tickets matched five numbers, and she wasn't sure what that meant. So the pair drove over to Albertsons to find out.
"I never in a thousand million years thought it would be this much," Worthington said. "We just sat there and giggled and grinned, and giggled and grinned. You just can't get your brain wrapped around that. It's too hard."
"I'm really happy for her," Worthington-Byers said. "It's just been a wonderful few days. I am so thrilled for her."
She said most of the money she won is in the bank, and "it'll stay in the bank." The only thing she's spent money on is a key fob, so she can open her car door remotely hers was broken, so she bought a new one.
Some of the money will go into sprucing up a house she just bought, including finishing the kitchen and landscaping. Worthington grew up in Mountain Home but had left the area until recently; in January, she moved to Boise from Yakima, Wa., to be near family.
"I'd like to be able to live comfortably for a long time now. Hopefully, we'll get some good financial advice," said Worthington, who flew her 39-year-old son in from Seattle to be at a public announcement Tuesday.
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