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Hayden Couple Wins Mega Millions Lottery

BOISE, Idaho – Idaho's place as the number one lottery jurisdiction to win a multi-state Draw Game prize over $500,000 continued when Clifford and Helena Jordan became the third one million dollar, or higher, winners from northern Idaho this year. The couple claimed last week's $1,000,000 Mega Millions prize Monday morning at Idaho Lottery Headquarters after making the 8 hour trek on Sunday from their home in Hayden to Boise.

After realizing he had the $1,000,000 Mega Millions winning ticket when he checked his numbers at the Dexco Mini Mart on Government Way in Coeur d'Alene, Clifford Jordan told his wife he felt like taking a drive to Boise.

"Not only is it a long drive, but it's also expensive these days," said Helena Jordan, laughing.  "When he told me he wanted to go to Boise, I just didn't want to be out the expense. Then he told me he'd won the lottery and I really didn't believe him."

"We'd heard some friends say that the Lottery was looking for a big winner in northern Idaho," continued Helena. "You just think it's never going to be you. But it was!"

Clifford and Helena met in high school and have been married for 50 years, but that doesn't stop him from still calling her his girlfriend.  The retired couple moved to Hayden about eight years ago.  When handed the actual winning check, the reality of winning hit home.

"Oh my gosh!" exclaimed Helena. "Life's going to be so much better now."

"I'm just a pickin' and grinnin'!" Clifford exclaimed to his high school sweetheart. ""We're gonna make this last."

For their part in selling the $1,000,000, Dexco Mini Mart receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $25,000.

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