BOISE – Idaho 's newest multi-millionaire is Brad Duke, a 33-year-old
life-long resident of Idaho . Duke won $220.3 million on May 28, 2005,
playing Idaho Powerball. He scored the fifth largest jackpot in Powerball
history and garnered tons of national attention.
When he picked up the winning ticket, a series of numbers he's been playing
for years, Duke was a manager for Gold's Gym fitness centers in the Treasure
Valley . Despite his prize, Duke plans to continue working because his
biggest concern is staying grounded. “Obviously the role will be a little
different now,” he notes.
So what will Duke do with his millions? Duke, the son of a waitress and
salesman who, he says, struggled financially at times with their four kids,
has a 15-year plan to turn his winnings into a billion dollars and set
up his family for generations. “I'll make sure I take care of the people
who took care of me,” says Duke. But also he plans to buy a nice car, a
new mountain bike, build a house in the Boise area, take a trip with his
friends, and meet his favorite band Metallica.
Before coming out to the public to claim the prize, Duke spent two weeks
after his win assembling a team of advisors including a publicist, lawyer
and financial advisor.
"He's a remarkably intelligent and analytical, cerebral kind of guy,
and he's going to be, I think if anybody is going to handle this well,
it'll be him," said Duke's publicist Ed Moore.
After taxes Duke will get about $85 million dollars in a lump sum payment.
But he's not the only Idaho winner; the state will receive a lump sum check
of about $10 million dollars in taxes and Boise Jackson's where Duke bought
the ticket will get $50,000.
Powerball is the multi-state lotto game played in 27 states, the District
of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Players select five numbers from
1 to 53 and a Powerball from 1 to 42. The jackpot is won by matching 5 numbers
plus the Powerball. Odds of winning a cash prize are 1 in 36. Jackpot odds
are 1 in 120 million. Drawings are held each week on Wednesdays and Saturdays
at 8:59 p.m. MST.