Idaho Lottery Mega Millions
- Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson announces that northern Idaho resident Holly Lahti won $190 million in the latest Mega Millions payout on a ticket bought in Post Falls, Idaho on Wednesday, in Boise.
Holly Lahti, of the small town of Rathdrum, will split the second-largest lottery jackpot in history with Jim and Carolyn McCullar of Ephrata, Wash.
The McCullars appeared at a news conference last Thursday to announce they'd won half the jackpot, or $190 million.Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?
"She's requested that the media respect her privacy and not attempt to contact her until she's prepared to speak to you, " Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson said at a news conference.
He referred to Lahti as a "delightful young lady" and said he tried to persuade her to go public because there are "a lot of curious people out there." But he said she has a lot to get in order first.
"We expect she'll be coming forward shortly, " Anderson said.
Public records show Lahti lives in Rathdrum, a town of about 7, 000 in the scenic Idaho Panhandle. She had worked since 2007 as a customer service representative at Inland Northwest Bank in nearby Post Falls, but she resigned Monday, said Holly Poquette, the bank's chief financial officer.
Poquette works in Spokane, Wash., and does not know Lahti. But the manager of the Post Falls branch, Sussana Spencer, called Lahti an "amazing person."
"She's going to do wonderful things with the money, " Spencer said. She had no details.
Lahti's estranged husband, Josh Lahti of Rathdrum, said Wednesday he did not know Lahti was the winner of the huge Mega Millions prize until he was told by a reporter. But he said she plays the lottery often.
He said the two have been married about a decade but are separated, and they have two daughters, ages 10 and 12.
Nobody was around at the Rathdrum home of Holly Lahti's mother, Elaine C. Alford. But neighbor Eric Miller said Holly Lahti visits her mother almost daily. Miller, 19, also hadn't heard about Holly Lahti's winnings.
"I want to go over there and be her friend now, " Miller said laughing. "But she's really nice, very friendly."
Meanwhile, word of Rathdrum's newest multimillionaire began to spread through the fast-growing town about 25 miles northeast of Spokane.
Travis Herron, who works in a local tobacco shop, said he bought 10 tickets for the Mega Millions drawing but didn't win anything.
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