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Ownership of $1M winning lottery ticket in question

Mar 15, 2007, 12:03 pm

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The $1 million winning ticket from Saturday night's draw was presented to Idaho Lottery officials for payment Tuesday, but the prize has not been paid out yet.

Lottery officials authenticated the ticket as being the winner and are in possession of the ticket. However, the ownership of the ticket is still in question.

"We are working toward a swift conclusion regarding this matter," said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery Director. "We will have a resolution by the end of the week."

Lottery offices have been busy receiving calls and e-mails from players in the Treasure Valley claiming possession of the $1 million ticket.

"There are a lot of rumors on the street about this $1 million Powerball/Power Play ticket," said Anderson. "The Lottery is in possession of the ticket and once the investigation is complete we will pay the rightful owner their $1 million prize."

Internal Lottery security measures are in place to protect the integrity of our games," explained Anderson. "With this $1 million Powerball/Power Play winning ticket, our normal security procedures require further investigation. Once the investigation is complete we will share the details and pay the rightful owner their $1 million prize."

The Idaho Lottery is not releasing the name of the store where the ticket was sold at this time for security purposes, but the ticket was purchased in Boise.

The winning ticket matched all five numbers, 14, 18, 34, 42, and 43, but not the Powerball, 32 from last Saturday night's $142 million jackpot draw.

The Power Play is a multiplier for all non-jackpot winning tickets. For an extra $1 per play, players can multiply their winning tickets by 2 to 5 five times. On Saturday night, the multiplier was 5, making the normal $200,000 winning ticket a $1 million winner. During the month of April, a ten multiplier will be added to the game.

In addition to the $1 million winning ticket, Lottery officials announced two $50,000 Power Play winning tickets were also sold in Idaho for last Saturday night's draw.

These tickets matched four numbers plus the Powerball and have the Power Play option.

One was sold at Maverik on 27th and Fairview in Boise and the other was sold at Handi-mart in Post Falls.

"All these big winners reinforce the value of players selecting the PowerPlay option to maximize their winnings," said Anderson.

The announced jackpot for Wednesday night's draw is $165 million

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