What are the odds?
One lucky Idaho woman hit a pair of six-figure jackpots worth a combined $500,000 — on scratch-offs she’d bought two days in a row.
Orlene Peterson’s first winning ticket — a cool $200,000 — came on Jan. 29 on a Scratch Game Grand Fortune ticket she’d bought at an Albertsons in Hayden, the Idaho Statesman reported.
“When I scanned the ticket, it said I had to contact the Idaho Lottery for my winnings,” Peterson told the Idaho Lottery. “That had never happened before when I was playing. I checked it and it was a $200,000 winner. I couldn’t believe it.”
On a whim, Peterson bought a second winning at a Fred Meyer grocery store in Coeur D’Alene.
“I had bought some tickets already, then had $20 left over, so I thought what the heck, I’ll get a Grand Fortune ticket,” Peterson told KTVB7.
“When I scanned it and said I had to claim it at the lottery, I thought maybe it was $1,000,” she added. “I never imagined it would be $300,000 and that it happened again, the next day!”
Lottery officials said the odds of winning a half-million dollar haul are about 1 in 282.5 million.
“Those once in-a-millennia odds are what Orlene Peterson of Coeur d’Alene beat to claim the last top prize of $300,000 on the Scratch Game Comin’ in Hot, and the first top prize of $200,000 on the Scratch Game Grand Fortune,” Idaho Lottery said.
That same week, another habitual winner picked a gem of a Gem State scratch-off ticket.
Bryan Moss, a Meridian business owner, raked in a $250,000 haul — his sixth time winning a big lottery prize.