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Boise man plays same Powerball numbers for 18 years; wins $2,000,300

Michael Tran claimed a $2,000,300 Powerball prize after playing the same numbers regularly for the last eighteen years. (Photo courtesy Idaho Lottery)

A Boise man's persistence paid off Saturday night.

Michael Tran claimed a $2,000,300 Powerball prize after playing the same numbers regularly for the last eighteen years.

“I scanned the ticket with my phone last night and it said I had to contact the Lottery office,” Tran said about how he discovered he had the big winning ticket. “Then I checked the numbers for Saturday night and they looked very familiar!”

The winning ticket was purchased from the Winco Foods store located on Fairview Avenue in Boise.

Tran’s ticket matched the first five numbers but not the Powerball on one line of his ticket, and four of the first five numbers but not the Powerball on another. However, his ticket had the PowerPlay feature. The PowerPlay for Saturday night’s draw was 3, which applies to the line that matched four of the first numbers, turning his $100 winner into a $300 winner. For the line where he matched the first five numbers, that prize amount is always $2,000,000 with PowerPlay, making his ticket worth $2,000,300.

Tran plans to pay off his house and save the rest of his winnings.

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night’s draw is $121,000,000.

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