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Idaho woman wins $390,000 lottery prize after playing same numbers for 27 years

By Ben Hooper
Rosemary Loveland won $390,000 from an Idaho Lottery drawing after playing the same numbers for nearly 30 years. Photo courtesy of the Idaho Lottery
Rosemary Loveland won $390,000 from an Idaho Lottery drawing after playing the same numbers for nearly 30 years. Photo courtesy of the Idaho Lottery

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BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- An Idaho woman's streak of playing the same lottery numbers since 1989 finally paid off when the numbers earned her a $390,000 jackpot.

Rosemary Loveland said she has been entering the same numbers in the weekly drawings since the Idaho Lottery began in 1989, and Friday morning she discovered her numbers for Thursday night's drawing qualified her for the second-tier prize on the Idaho Lottery Draw Game Lucky for Life -- $25,000 a year for life, or a $390,000 lump sum.

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"I looked at the numbers and I thought I was gonna have a heart attack. You bet I recognized them right away," Loveland said. "I called my daughter and told her 'I did it! I did it! I did it!'"

Loveland, who took the lump sum option, said she plans to invest her winnings for her children and grandchildren.

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