The winning ticket was sitting in a pile on a coffee table in Harvey J. Costlow's Caldwell garage since February.
He finally got around to checking his tickets on Tuesday afternoon.
When they scanned it, the machine made a different sound than usual and they told me I was the big winner theyd been looking for! Costlow, a retired law enforcement officer, told Lottery officials.
Costlow claimed his prize at the Lottery office in Boise on Wednesday, and a press release was issued.
When Costlow told his wife, she didn't believe him at first, the release said. Then she expressed relief that she hadn't cleaned up the coffee table and thrown out $1 million.
Were already millionaires, said Costlow's wife of 53 years, Virginia. Weve been blessed with a great life.
Costlow bought the ticket at a Stinker Store on the corner of Ustick and Cleveland in Caldwell. For selling the winning ticket, the store will receive a $20,000 bonus.