CHUBBUCK, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - David Neiers's co-worker was reading a story about a $100,000 winning Powerball ticket being sold in Bannock County, and as the co-worker read off the winning numbers, Neiers ears perked up.
“I’d bought a ticket in Bannock County, and those numbers sounded like my numbers,” said Neiers when he visited Lottery Offices in Boise Friday afternoon.
When Neiers returned home after work, he checked his tickets and sure enough, he was holding the winning ticket which matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball.
His ticket also had the PowerPlay multiplier, which for the draw on Saturday, September 9, 2017, was 2.
That made his $50,000 winning ticket worth $100,000.
After telling his wife, they recorded the evening news that ran a short story about the winning ticket and the winning numbers. Then they invited a few family members to watch the replay.
“It took a while for everyone to catch on that I was holding the winning ticket,” said Neiers. “Right after that, my granddaughter asked if I would buy an extra batch of cookies for the school bake sale.”
After sharing the news with his wife and family, Neiers knew exactly what some of the winnings was going toward.
“I have an old Camaro sitting in the garage I’ve been meaning to fix up for a while,” said Neiers. “I called my buddy and told him I finally had some money to fix up the Camaro. He asked me, ‘What did you do, win the Lottery?’ And I said yes I did!”
Neiers bought his winning ticket at the Stinker Store located at Pheasant Ridge and Hiline in Chubbuck.
Neiers’ winning ticket with PowerPlay is the second ticket to win at least six figures in the past three weeks.
“You can’t win if you don’t play,” said Neiers. “You could be next.”