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  Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota sell the WILD CARD game. You can purchase tickets by visiting one of their authorized retailers. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday. With WILD CARD you get 2 plays for $1. For each play you just pick five numbers between 1 and 33 and one of 16 different wild cards. You also have the option to let the computer select the numbers and the wild card for you.  
     
 
Hoven Woman Claims $200,000 Wild Card 2 Jackpot
Christa Ramirez of Hoven often wins playing Wild Card 2, usually a couple of dollars. But on September 27, 2014, she went straight to the top and picked up the $200,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot. Ramirez cashed in her winning ticket at the Pierre Lottery office on September 29, 2014.

Ramirez both picks her own numbers and does Quick Picks and it was a series of Quick Pick numbers on her Wild Card 2 ticket from Krueger's Food Fair in Hoven that hit the jackpot. It was also a win for Krueger's; the store receives a $2,000 bonus for the sale.

Although she knew early on Sunday that she had the winning ticket, Ramirez says a sense of disbelief and a bit of caution kept her from telling anyone right away.

"You always plan for what you're going to do when you win but maybe without thinking that you really will. Then when you do win, it just stuns you. I didn't believe it. And then I thought maybe someone else would come forward, too, and the jackpot would be split between us. So I just kept checking my numbers on the website and waited," said Ramirez.

Finally convinced that she had the sole winning ticket, she and her husband shared the news with their grown children. The couple, he a retired doctor, she a retired nurse, are still processing the big news but have some ideas on what they'll do with the winnings.

"We're not going to change the way we live but the money will allow us to do some things we've wanted to do: visit family, invest for our retirement years, maybe make some improvements around home," she said.

As to whether she'll keep playing the game that made her a jackpot winner, Ramirez said, "You have to be in it to win it."
 
     
 
Watertown Area Group Claims $230,000 Wild Card 2 Jackpot
A group of 14 co-workers from a Watertown area business today claimed their $230,000 Wild Card 2 jackpot from the July 19, 2014 drawing at the Sioux Falls Lottery office.

The "EMPI 14", comprised of 12 women and two men, all work in the West Building of the EMPI facility in Clear Lake. They've been purchasing lottery tickets as a group for a number of years and this is their first jackpot win.

If split equally, each member of the "EMPI 14" will receive about $12,321 after taxes. Members of the group include:

Rhonda Baxter, Clear Lake
Donna Crooks, Astoria
Linda Kalsbeck, Watertown
Diane Koopman, Clear Lake
Louis Lasart, Watertown
Carol Nagelhout, Castlewood
Rory Pond, Aurora
Margo Sample, Clear Lake
Mary Schake, Clear Lake
Gail Seeklander, Bruce
Dianna Theisen, Clear Lake
Loretta Tvedt, Brandt
Carolynn Webber, Gary

The winning ticket was purchased at Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits on 9th Avenue in Watertown; the business will receive a $2,300 bonus for the sale.
 
     
 
Merry Christmas! American Falls Man Wins $205,000 Wild Card Jackpot
Christmas came with a little extra stuffing in an American Falls man's stocking this year, when Robert Bernal discovered he held a jackpot winning ticket from the Christmas Day Wild Card draw. Nicknamed "Peanuts", he returned home from family Christmas celebrations on Wednesday night and checked all of his draw game tickets.

"I got home and realized it was a Powerball night, so I checked all my tickets, including Wild Card using my phone," described Peanuts. "At first I saw that I had all the numbers for Wild Card. It wasn't until I checked it again that I realized I had the Wild Card, too. I didn't think I was going to sleep at all, but I did pretty well!"

Peanuts left his home in American Falls first thing and arrived in Boise to claim his prize late in the morning. The ticket he won with was from the Jacksons store in American Falls, and one he purchased by happenstance.

"I started buying 'mistake' tickets a few years ago after I won big on an Idaho Pick3 ticket," explained Peanuts. "I was in the store last Wednesday and there was a Wild-Card multi-draw 'mistake' ticket they were trying to sell, so I bought it. That was the winning ticket!"

"Mistake" tickets are quite common, usually being produced in error when a clerk and player miscommunicate on the type of ticket being ordered. All lottery tickets are valid at the time they are printed, but tickets printed in "error" or by "mistake" are the property of the retail store until sold to players.

Bernal claimed a $205,000 jackpot prize winning ticket on Wild Card from the Christmas Day draw. A mechanic for Con-Agra foods in American Falls, he was off work for over a year due to medical issues a few years ago. He's been back to work for over a year, but still has many medical bills. He plans to pay down those debts and then sweeten Christmas a little late this year for his family.

"It's a merry Christmas to all and a happy new year, too!" exclaimed Peanuts as he left the Lottery offices to return home.
 
     
 
Pierre, SD Man Claims $499,694 Wild Card 2 Jackpot
Duane Delaney of Pierre didn't have to go far to claim his $499,694 Wild Card 2 jackpot from the August 3, 2013 drawing. He lives within walking distance of the Pierre Lottery office and the store where he purchased his winning ticket is just up the street.

Delaney claimed his prize, won on a Quick Pick ticket purchased from Fresh Start-Chekkers on East Wells in Pierre, on August 5, 2013. The store will receive a $4,996 bonus for the sale. Delaney purchases two Powerball, two Hot Lotto and two Wild Card 2 tickets for each drawing, and knew the day after the draw that he was the Wild Card 2 jackpot winner.

"I went over to Chekkers and asked the clerk to print out the winning numbers for me. Then I told my neighbor I thought I won and had him check the numbers, too. So he looked them over and said 'You're rich!'" said Delaney.

The 84-year-old Delaney, who has four grown children, plus grandchildren and great-grandchildren, has worked part-time at Wal-Mart in Pierre for the past seven years. But that may change.

"I like working there because I enjoy helping people and seeing friends come into the store. But I'd been thinking about retiring, too, and now I could," he said.

Acknowledging that the $499,694 jackpot is "the most money I've ever had in my life", Delaney is still deciding what to do with his winnings. Among the possibilities are buying a newer car and traveling to Pennsylvania to visit the site where his parents are buried. And he still plans to play the lottery.

"I want to get the Powerball jackpot next. You have to buy a ticket if you ever want to think about winning," Delaney said.
 
     
 
Wild Card Jackpot Winner! Nampa Man Claims $245,000
Moments before informally accepting a ceremonial check for his Wild Card jackpot win at Idaho Lottery offices in Boise, Robert Hibberd of Nampa received a phone call from his brother. The two spoke briefly before Hibberd explained he was in the middle of something and quickly hung up without telling his brother where he was or what he was doing.

"He has no idea I'm at the Lottery or that I just won $245,000," laughed Hibberd.

Hibberd bought his winning ticket at Greenhurst Chevron in Nampa for last Saturday night's Wild Card draw. He was in the store on Sunday checking a Powerball winner and decided to check his Wild Card ticket, too. He handed it to the clerk who scanned the ticket and informed Hibberd he needed to claim his ticket in Boise.

"I knew it had to be a lot, but I didn't know how much it was," explained Hibberd. "I finally looked at the numbers and saw I had the big winner. I started calling people!"

Hibberd plans to use his winnings to open a business with his wife, Pretty Paws Dog Grooming.

"This couldn't have come at a better time for us, thank you," added Hibberd.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Greenhurst Chevron will receive a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $20,000.
 
     
 
Wild Card Luck Finds Chubbuck Man, Wins $501,000!
Gary Humphrey needed a lucky break after suffering a broken leg on the job two years ago that left him unable to work. Luck found Humphrey at one of his usual hangouts, Toad's Store and Ale House on the north side of Chubbuck last Saturday night when his Wild Card ticket matched all five numbers and the Wild Card to win a $501,194 jackpot!

"I was reading the Sunday paper and watching a little NASCAR pre-race and I checked my Powerball and Hot Lotto numbers," described Humphrey on how he knew he had the winning ticket. "I didn't have any winners, so I watched a little more TV before I checked my Wild Card tickets on my laptop. I stared at the computer screen for about 15 minutes thinking it was just too good to be true."

Certain there must have been a mistake, Humphrey called Idaho Lottery Customer Service to verify the numbers. Sure enough, his ticket matched all the numbers and the Wild Card for the half-a-million dollar jackpot. Humphrey claimed his winning ticket on Thursday from Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise.

Toad's Store and Ale House, a roadside convenience store and bar on the far north side of Chubbuck sold the winning ticket to Humphrey, a regular customer. When the crew who works for Toad's found out Humphrey was the winner, a huge cheer was let out and the celebration started.

"It couldn't have happened to a better guy," said Myrose Powell, proprietor of Toad's Store and Ale House. "This is fantastic for him."

For their part in selling the winning ticket, Toad's receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.

Humphrey is currently enrolled at Idaho State University taking Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) courses to learn a new profession. He plans to use his windfall to support his education and buy property.
 
     
 
Rapid City Man Claims $256,515 Wild Card 2 Jackpot
"Thrilled and thankful." That's how Dave Yuhas of Rapid City, South Dakota felt when he learned he was the winner of the $256,515 Wild Card 2 jackpot from the February 4, 2012 drawing. He collected his winnings February 7, 2012 at the Rapid City Lottery office.

His Quick Pick ticket purchased at Big D Oil Company on Jackson Boulevard in Rapid City, SD was the only one to match all five white ball numbers and the Wild Card that night; the odds of winning the Wild Card 2 jackpot are 1:1,359,288. Yuhas says he usually plays lotto when the jackpots reach a certain level and he frequently buys his tickets at Big D Oil Company because it's near his home. The store will receive a $2,565 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The first inkling Yuhas, a certified public accountant, had that the ticket could be a winner was when he read in yesterday's newspaper that the jackpot had been won in Rapid City and he realized some of the winning numbers looked familiar.

"I knew I had at least three of the numbers right, maybe more. I told my wife (Kari) when I got home that we might have won $250,000 and we decided we better get to a store and check the ticket," Yuhas said.

A quick scan on a ticket self-checker turned up the message that the prize had to be redeemed at a Lottery office; the clerk behind the counter scanned it as well and confirmed the ticket was a winner.

The win was good news for the couple, whose family includes three daughters, and who are in the process of moving from Billings, Montana to Rapid City.

"It will definitely make some changes in our lives. We can pay off some debts, finish relocating to the area. It's almost too good to be true," he said. "You can't win if you don't play."
 
     
 
"Breathing Easy" – CDA Couple Claims $145,000 Wild Card Prize
It could be said that breathing easier is a way of life for Ralph Paul of Coeur d'Alene. That metaphor, though took on a whole new meaning when the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Air Shed Coordinator for Idaho's panhandle won a $145,000 Wild Card jackpot from the Idaho Lottery. The winning ticket was sold for the Saturday, October 8, 2011 Wild Card draw.

"I checked my numbers and couldn't believe it," said a still disbelieving Paul when he claimed his winning ticket with his wife Jody at Lottery Headquarters in Boise. "I matched every single one of the numbers."

"A few years ago I got a quick pick and I just keep playing the same ticket over and over," added Paul, who has lived in northern Idaho for about eight years.

As the Air Shed Coordinator for Idaho's panhandle, Paul is responsible to make sure the air in that region is clear for everyone. After his new found windfall, however, Paul and his wife are literally breathing easier. The couple plans to use their windfall to pay off some bills that have accumulated over the past couple of years then invest the rest wisely.

A regular player, Paul bought his Wild Card winning ticket at the Fairway Gas and Grocery at 1745 W Kathleen in Coeur d'Alene. For their part in selling the winning ticket, Fairway Gas and Grocery receives a $20,000 bonus from the Idaho Lottery.

"It is just super fantastic that it was one our regular players," said Hannah Symons, the manager at Fairway Gas and Grocery. "This is great for our store and our community."
 
     
 
Friendship Foundation Founder Wins $614,731 Wild Card Jackpot
Two times a week, Kevin Russell of Boise stops at his favorite Lottery store, On the Fly at the corner of Collister and State Street, on his way home from work to pick up his lottery tickets for Powerball and Hot Lotto Sizzler. At the encouragement of the store clerk, he also picked up a $5 Wild Card ticket for Wednesday night.

Usually over morning coffee the next day, he reads the paper and checks his tickets for winners. While he didn't have winners on his other tickets, Russell discovered he'd matched every single number on one of his Wild Card ticket lines.

"I looked down and checked the wild card itself. It said 'Queen of Hearts', and sure enough, I had that too," laughed an elated Russell, the store manager for Tates Rentals on both State Street and Fairview in Boise. "I was so nervous and sweating, I just about passed out."

The long-time Boisean and lottery player is the founder of the Friendship Foundation and their fund-raising golf tournament, the Friendship Scramble. Originally started by Russell, his family and a group of friends from Sacred Heart School in Boise, the Friendship Foundation is now in its 25th year and benefits one child recipient who is battling a life threatening illness. The Friendship Scramble is an annual fund-raising golf tournament held each May for the Foundation's beneficiaries.

"I do plan on making a contribution to the foundation," admitted Russell who says he plans to retire a few years sooner than he'd expected and continue his work with the Friendship Foundation.

For their part in selling the Wild Card winning ticket, long time Idaho Lottery retailer On the Fly will receive a bonus of $20,000.
 
     
 
Idaho Man Wins $347,175 Wild Card Jackpot
Boise – For one Nampa resident, the dream of winning the Lottery became a reality on Thursday when last Saturday night’s Wild Card jackpot winner claimed his prize of $347,175 from the Idaho Lottery today during a check ceremony at the store where his winning ticket was sold. Kenneth Redmon of Nampa bought the lucky ticket from his neighborhood store at the Gem Stop located on the corner of Roosevelt and Midland in Nampa for last Saturday night’s draw. “I called the Lottery’s winning numbers line yesterday and wrote down the numbers. Then I checked my tickets and I just couldn’t believe it,” said Redmon, a life long resident of Idaho. “I had my daughter do the same thing and the numbers were still the same, so I knew I wasn’t completely lost.”

After a sleepless night with the big winning ticket signed and safely hidden, Redmon claimed his prize from the Idaho Lottery on Thursday. He becomes the Idaho Lottery’s sixth largest winner on Wild Card. When he claimed his prize in Boise, he did ask for one additional item, an Idaho Lottery hat to add to his collection of more than 3,000 ball caps. “It’s nice to have the hat, but I think it’s more important to have the money,” chuckled Redmon. Redmon plans to use his windfall to encourage his wife to retire, although he plans to continue working part-time in the sand and gravel business. “The Lottery, to me is a good thing, and I thought that even before I won, because it is real,” added Redmon. “It is a dream. A dream that can come true and it just did!” For their part in selling the winning ticket Gem Stop will receive a bonus from the Idaho Lottery worth $20,000.
 
     
 
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