Orlene Peterson, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, won $300,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket just one day after collecting a $200,000 prize from another ticket. Photo courtesy of the Idaho Lottery
Feb. 3 (UPI) -- An Idaho woman who won a $200,000 jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket won $300,000 from another ticket she bought the next day.
Orlene Peterson, of Coeur d'Alene, told Idaho Lottery officials she stopped at the Albertsons store in Hayden on Friday morning and decided to buy some scratch-off lottery tickets.
"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 recalled. "When I scanned the ticket, it said I had to contact the Idaho Lottery for my winnings.
"That had never happened before when I was playing. I checked it and it was a $200,000 winner. I couldn't believe it."
Peterson said the events of the following day, when she stopped at the Fred Meyer store in Coeur d'Alena and bought a Comin' In Hot scratch-off ticket.
"When I scanned it and said I had to claim it at the lottery, I thought maybe it was $1,000. I never imagined it would be $300,000 and that it happened again. The next day!" Peterson said.
Peterson visited lottery headquarters to collect a combined check for $500,000.
The winner said she plans to pay off bills, buy a new truck and possibly plan a Las Vegas vacation with her windfall.
Lottery officials said Peterson beat estimated odds of 1 in 282.5 million to win twice in two days.