Idaho Man Says 'Family Traditions' Led Him to $200,000 Lottery Win

Jerrit and Shanelle Elmer celebrate their big win.
Idaho Lottery Office

Jerrit Elmer of Pocatello remembers fondly the days his grandparents would buy scratch cards.

An Idaho man has “family traditions” to thank for making him $200,000 richer.

Jerrit Elmer of Pocatello won $200,000 from a scratch card, Juggernaut Jackpot, after visiting the East Idaho State Fair’s lottery trailer.

“This is life-changing,” he said, as he discovered his big win.

Elmer explained he has been visiting the fair with his grandparents since he was a kid. They often visited the Idaho Lottery event trailer and purchased a ticket and once Elmer became old enough to play, he made it a point to follow in their footsteps.

This year, he attended the fair with his wife, Shanelle, and their 10 kids.

"He was eager to get to the lottery booth to play, but I made him go see the giant horse and the giant pig, first," Shanelle joked.

Elmer added: “I couldn’t wait. Playing the lottery at the fair is a family tradition — it’s what we always do.”

That Tuesday, Elmer had purchased some tickets for himself and his dad. Using the winnings from those tickets, he went back to the booth and purchased his winning ticket.

“This win is coming at a perfect time for us,” Shanelle said.

The family said they plan to use the winnings to upgrade their home.