Caldwell woman a hundred grand richer thanks to Idaho Lottery

March 28, 2014 

Penny Sower of Caldwell isn't a first-time lottery winner. She's an avid lottery fan and won $1,000 years ago on a scratch ticket.

Thursday night, Sower did a little better with the High Roller scratch game. She won $100,000.

"At first I thought I'd scratched the ticket wrong because of the amount I'd won," Sower said in a Friday press release from the Idaho Lottery. "I sure did a lot of staring and double-triple checking my ticket to be sure it won what I thought it won! This one has a couple more zeros on its than the last big one I had."

What makes her big win even sweeter is that Sower hadn't planned to stop in at the Jacksons Store on Linden Street in Caldwell on Thursday. She was waiting to meet up with her family and bought a few tickets to pass the time.

Sower, who is retired after working for the Simplot Company for more than 30 years, said she will use her winnings to help pay for retirement. There is a total of four $100,000 prizes in the High Rollers game. Sower's ticket was the second one found. Two more top prize tickets are still waiting to be found.

Jacksons receives a $10,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery because the store sold the winning ticket.

"It doesn’t matter if you win $1,000 or $100,000 the Lottery always treats you like you won a million bucks," said Sower. "Somebody has to win. Today, I'm the somebody!"

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