Retired trucker claims $311K in lottery jackpot

“I asked her, how big? She said, ‘really big,’”

The Idaho Lottery announced that a retired truck driver was the winner of a $311K lottery jackpot on Monday.

J. Ned Paffile, who worked as a long-haul truck driver for his family’s produce farm all his life before retiring, was announced as the winner. Paffile, a regular lottery player, secured the winning ticket is for the Idaho Cash drawing on March 21.

The clerk at Albertsons checked his tickets and realized he was the winner. The clerk told him the prize was too big to pay in Lewiston, that he’d have to go to Boise to claim the ticket.

“I asked her, how big? She said, ‘really big,’” said Paffile.

“That’s a lot. I don’t know what I’d do if I won $5, let alone this,” said Paffile when he confirmed the winning numbers.

Paffile claimed the prize on the Idaho Cash game at the Lottery offices in Boise on April 2. 

Paffile said he plans to use his winnings to make retired life a little easier, fix up his house, and purchase an old-fashioned, lever action rifle.