Inspirational Caldwell, Idaho Veteran Wins HUGE Payday Lottery

With the Mega Millions jackpot to $1.1 billion and climbing, you might get the hunch that you should buy a ticket.

…or say yes to the office bookie who asks if you want to be in the office pool. (Because you know that if you say “no,” that’s when your office wins. You don’t want to be the only one still having to show up for work on Wednesday.)

John Ireland of Caldwell had this unshakeable feeling a few weeks ago when he was shopping at a Fred Meyer store with his wife, Olga. The Idaho Lottery recently shared the story of how giving in to that hunch led to a HUGE win for the Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart winner.

According to them Winner Wednesday afterwards, Olga played with John’s intuition when he bought a Powerball and Weekly Grand ticket, but cut it off after those two tickets. The pair later reunited at Ridley’s in Middleton and John still couldn’t shake it off, so they stopped by to play Cash Spot, one of Idaho Lottery“InstaPlay” games from. He got Olga to push the button and the couple ended up winning a HUGE prize of $94,471!

Facebook/Idaho Lottery

Facebook/Idaho Lottery

During his visit to the lottery office, he told them some stories about his military experience with the Idaho lottery team. In their “Winner Wednesday” article on John, they shared:

It was John’s wife who pressed the button because while he was a US Army Colonel serving in Vietnam, he was exposed to Agent Orange. With a smile on his face, he explained how he didn’t mind not feeling in his hands or feet. He was one of five McCall-born and raised men who served in Vietnam, and the disability he lives with every day is nothing compared to his comrades who are no longer with us or who are now unable to walk.

The couple traveled the world together but felt Idaho was the right place to retire. They told lottery officials that after paying some bills they would give back to their local church in Caldwell with a large donation.

What is the Cash Spot Game?

Most lottery players are familiar with the big multi-state draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions and the super popular scratch cards. Cash Spot is an InstantPlay game where 10% of the sale price is paid into a rolling jackpot. You try to match your numbers to the circled cash spot numbers to win the corresponding prize. If you match 10 numbers, you get a big chunk of the jackpot. How many? This varies depending on the Cash Spot game you are playing.

$1 Cash Spot winners get 10% of the jackpot. $5 Cash Spot winners get 50% of the jackpot. $10 Cash Spot winners get the whole shebang.

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