A Caldwell family claimed this years $1 million Idaho Lottery raffle prize Thursday.
Luella Rowe and Gainelle Massoth learned of the big win during the televised drawing a week earlier. They and Krista Massoth Rowes daughter and Gainelle Massoths daughter-in-law claimed the prize at the store where their ticket was sold, the Jacksons at 101 Logan St., Caldwell.
I ... was holding my tickets in my hands when they announced the winning number, Rowe said Thursday. I didnt even look down. I knew I was holding the winner. I couldnt believe it. Still not sure I do believe it.
The winning number was 034858.
The three winners, dubbed the Hay-raisers, have been playing the lottery and pooling resources on tickets for big jackpots for years. They live and work on a family hay farm outside Caldwell.
We like to play this game because its an Idaho-only game, said Gainelle Massoth. We always said if we won big wed split it, so thats what were doing.
The family has many plans for their winnings including paying down a few debts, creating college funds for the familys children and contributing to the community.
The Jacksons store that sold the ticket received a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery. The winning numbers were
Two of the raffles $10,000 prizes have also been claimed. They were purchased in Meridian by Mark Backhaus and in Blackfoot by Launa Walquist. Winners of $10,000 prizes in Power County and Kootenai County have not come forward.