Normally, when lottery stories hit the news it’s about someone who won a gigantic Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot. They get all the attention, but the Idaho Lottery’s in-state draw games have life-changing jackpots too! 

One of the coolest draw games Idaho has is “Weekly Grand.” The game switched to a daily draw in April 2021. It’s only played in Idaho and it’s the only game where you could win $1,000 a week for an entire year WITH all the taxes paid. You can either opt to get that $1,000 a week or choose a lump sum payment. That’s what Alisa from Meridian did when she won “Weekly Grand” earlier this month! 

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The Idaho Lottery recently shared her story on their Facebook page. She won a free ticket in a previous draw and took it to Fast Eddy’s to see if it was a winner. Stunned, she called her partner, Gerard and told him that they’d just won the lottery. 

Facebook/Idaho Lottery
Facebook/Idaho Lottery

Turns out the timing couldn’t have been better. Gerard told lottery officials that the couple had been having a lot of issues with the car Alisa uses to get to and from her job as a nurse at Meridian surgery center. While they were chatting at the lottery office he mentioned he thought “another” check engine light came on. According to Endurance, the average engine light-related breakdown repair costs more than $3,000 so to be dealing with multiple check engine occurrences has probably been a pain in the couple’s wallet. 

They weren’t sure if they wanted to use it on a new car or something else, so for now they’re putting it in the bank. We’re sure that the $77,380 Alisa won is going to be a game-changer for the family. She and Gerard have two kids under 10.

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