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Tue., June 6, 1995

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A 26-year-old college student and member of the Idaho National Guard began collecting today on the fifth-highest Powerball jackpot in the history of the multistate lottery.

Pam Hiatt of Boise was clear on what she intends to do with the $87.5 million she will receive over the next 20 years.

“Spend it,” she told reporters during a news conference at the Idaho Lottery headquarters.

“Today we’re all getting new cars for the whole family,” said Hiatt, who accepted the ceremonial check as her mother, sister and three brothers watched.

“I’ll invest part of it, most of it, new cars, new house, I guess whatever I want,” she said. “If I want it, I’ll buy it.”

Hiatt, who is expecting a baby in mid-July, said she was flabbergasted Sunday morning when she stopped for breakfast at a local convenience store on her way to duty as a National Guard Apache helicopter mechanic.

“I was pretty shocked,” she recalled after the store clerk told her she had all six numbers. “I was standing there. I said, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh.”’

And Hiatt made no pretext of suggesting the jackpot would not change her life. Having already put in her required active duty time in the National Guard, she said she would quit that and drop out of Boise State University, where she is a junior majoring in political science, for at least a while.

“I just want to take a year and just really enjoy what I have, celebrate,” she said. “Maybe two years.”

Hiatt had been playing the same six numbers for some time – her age and the ages of her mother, sister and brothers. She always changed the numbers as birthdays came and went.

But last Friday when her youngest brother Andy had his eighth birthday, she just forgot, and the winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing were 7-20-21-26-27 and the Powerball was 45.

“I don’t think I can really prepare for it,” Hiatt said. “I think I’ll just spend it. Three million dollars is a lot to get after taxes, but I have a big family.”

The largest Powerball jackpot was $111 million claimed by a Wisconsin teacher in July 1993.

Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $100,000 each, and there were 19 of those on Saturday. Five were sold in Indiana, three each in Arizona, Kentucky and Wisconsin, two each in West Virginia and Missouri and one in Rhode Island.

The jackpot returns to an estimated $3 million for the midweek drawing.

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: HITTING IT BIG Pam Hiatt won a Powerball jackpot of $87,585,066 to be paid out over 20 years. Rounded up to the nearest dollar, the payout breaks down as follows:

Per year….$4,379,000 Per month…$364,917 Per week….$84,212 Per day…..$11,998 Per hour….$500 Per minute..$9

Per year….$4,379,000 Per month…$364,917 Per week….$84,212 Per day…..$11,998 Per hour….$500 Per minute..$9

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The 6 Luckiest Treasure Valley Stores to Purchase Your Powerball Ticket At

You were sweating when you didn’t have cash on you to play the office lotto pool earlier this week. Well, joke’s on your co-workers! No one won Wednesday night’s Powerball Jackpot, so there’s still a chance for you to become a millionaire!

Saturday’s Powerball jackpot is estimated at $625 million ($380 million cash value.) Because the Powerball is played nationwide, your odds at winning the big money aren’t quite as good as smaller lottery games played in only in Idaho. but I can guarantee you WON’T win if you don’t buy a ticket! But the question is where are you going to buy that ticket?

Idaho’s got a pretty great record of producing big jackpot winners, but are some lotto retailers luckier than others? It sure appears that way! According to the Idaho Lottery’s blog, these are the luckiest retailers in our area.

Fred Meyer

In 2006, Sandy Libecki was on her way to a friend’s house for dinner and on a whim decided to buy a Powerball ticket while picking up some last minute items. She didn’t check her tickets the night of the drawing, but after a friend told her the Idaho Lottery had announced a $200,000 ticket had been sold in Ada County and they were looking for a winner she took a peak at her numbers. She matched 5, but not the Powerball, good enough for the runner-up prize! That was the second $200,000 Powerball ticket this retailer had sold.

KJ’s Super Stores

In 2009, Gary Young nearly choked on his breakfast as he checked his Powerball ticket from the night before. He matched 5 numbers, but not the Powerball. That ticket was good for a $200,000 runner-up prize. Not picking the PowerPlay option cost him a guaranteed $1 million, but he and his wife still had enough money to pay some bills and pay-off their house. This lotto retailer also produced the grand prize winner on the $250,000 Riches game.

Stinker Station

In 2008, Connie Goins got a wake up call from her daughter telling her the Idaho Lottery was looking for a $200,000 Powerball winner in Gem County. After her husband past away, Connie kept the tradition of playing his numbers: their kid’s birthdays and their anniversary. In that particular drawing, that produced 5 correct numbers, but not the Powerball. good for the runner-up prize! This lotto retailer also produced a $275,000 and $325,000 in the Tri-West game.

Albertsons #161

In 2012, Susan Worthington’s mom told her to grab a few Powerball tickets. She bought five, spread them out on the table and they took turns picking who got which ticket. Mom’s tickets were losers, so she texted Susan the winning numbers. Confused by the text, Susan wondered how her mom knew the numbers on the tickets that she’d chosen. After the draw, Susan decided to go back to Albertsons to have the night clerk take a look at her ticket. She had matched 5 numbers, but not the Powerball and had picked the PowerPlay option. making that ticket worth $1,000,000! They’ve also sold a $191,100 Winner Take All Raffle ticket at this Albertsons Store.

Maverick #273

Hilda Floyd bought the winning Idaho Lottery $1,000,000 Raffle ticket at this store in 2011, but the store’s also produced some big Powerball and Mega Millions winners. Other big prizes produced by this store include $200,000 and $600,000 Powerball winners in 2008, a $250,000 Mega Millions winner in 2012 and a $200,000 High Stakes Casino scratch ticket winner in 2017.

Jacksons #10

This store produced the biggest Idaho Lottery Powerball winner in history. Brad Duke won the $220.3 million jackpot in 2005 and put some of it toward the Duke Family Foundation. The foundation hosts an annual golf tournament who’s proceeds go toward non-profits supporting kids like Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Salvation Army. He said having the late Micron CEO, Steve Appleton, as a mentor helped him navigate his new found wealth in a positive manner that benefited the community.

In 1995, Pam Hiatt was expecting a baby and serving in the Idaho National Guard as an Apache helicopter mechanic. She happened to stop into this store to buy a Powerball ticket on her way into work. Like many, Pam played the ages of her family members. She had forgotten that her little brother had just turned 8 the week before and accidentally played the numbers 7-20-21-26-27 and Powerball 45 which were the correct numbers for the $87.6 Million jackpot. At the time, it was the fifth highest Powerball jackpot in history at the time. The mom-to-be appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman after her big win.

In 2016, a group of 43 Micron Employees bought the tickets for their office pool at this story and won $50,000 from the Powerball Jackpot!

You were sweating when you didn't have cash on you to play the office lotto pool earlier this week. Well, joke's on your co-workers! No one won Wednesday night's Powerball Jackpot, so there's still a chance for you to become a millionaire! ]]>