Caldwell man finally checks lottery tickets, discovers he won $1 million

newsroom@idahostatesman.comMarch 26, 2014 

Harvey and Virginia Costlow felt like a million bucks on Wednesday.

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 they’d 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.

“We’re already millionaires,” said Costlow's wife of 53 years, Virginia. “We’ve 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.

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