Thursday, August 22, 2013


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Once in a Blue Moon: Caldwell Couple Claims $300,000 Top Prize


BOISE, Idaho – When there are four full moons in any one season, the third in the cycle is called a “blue moon.” It is a rare occasion. This past Tuesday was the third of four full moons this summer, making it a blue moon. To celebrate the event, Rose Furbee and her husband Gary stopped in a large grocery market Tuesday evening to buy some Idaho Lottery Scratch tickets in Nampa.


“I waited in the car while my husband went to buy some. There were two different $20 games and I told him not to buy the ones with the money bags on them, but the other $20 game,” explained Rose as she described the difference between $300,000 Spectacular which has stacks of money on it and Cash Explosion which has bags of money on them. Both are $20 Lottery games currently on the market. “Well he bought ones with the money bags on them. And they were the wrong ones!”


“After we left the store, I made him stop at the new Jacksons store on our way home to buy some more,” continued Rose.


“The store has two cash registers and two dispensers that sell tickets,” added Gary. “I went in to the store and picked the right line and bought three more tickets of $300,000 Spectacular…the correct game. The third one turned out to be the big winner!”


Late on Wednesday, Rose Furbee became the second player to win the single largest cash prize ever offered on a Scratch ticket by the Idaho Lottery when she claimed the last top prize on the game $300,000 Spectacular.


“To be in the right place, at the right time, in the right line to buy the winning ticket, I guess it really was once in a blue moon,” added Rose.


The couple who moved to Idaho seven years ago, plan on using their winnings to support their retirement. For their part in selling the winning ticket, Jacksons will receive a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.


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