Welp - it's over, folks. According to sources, there is reportedly a winner for the $2 billion Powerball jackpot and just like that, the dreams of millions are shattered.

Well, sort of.

There were a few winners in Idaho and surrounding states but not for the big prize. But, what would happen if you actually won the lottery? And no, I'm not talking about the infamous "lottery curse" that plagues winners with bad luck despite winning a tremendous amount of money instantly. We're talking about our dear old friend, Uncle Sam.

How much money would you pay in taxes in Idaho and surrounding states? States have various laws and surprisingly, California and Washington are among the most friendly lottery-friendly states in terms of taxes. Using a lottery tax tool from TaxAct.com and looking into the laws of each state, we were able to calculate just how much money you would take home if you were to go with a lump sum payment. We're talking lump sum because, at least in my opinion, that's the way to go. If you have a differing opinion on how you would take your payment of over $2 billion from the Powerball jackpot, let me know here.

Which state is the worst state to win the lottery in? Which state is the worst state to win the lottery in? Let's dive into the hypothetical world of "what if" and see exactly how much money we wish we would have won from Powerball. I'm not crying, you're crying.

The Truth About Winning The Lottery In Idaho

The Mega Millions is nearing a billion dollars ($977 million)! But, how much would you actually take home if you lived in Idaho? Let's take a look...

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7 Things That Are More Likely To Happen in Idaho Than Winning The Powerball

With the odds of winning the Powerball at 1 in 292 million... here are our picks for things that are more likely to happen in Idaho than winning the jackpot.

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Who Has Won $1 Million or More in Idaho Lottery's History

We have had some big winners here in the gem state! Here are some Million Dollar winners since 2008 that did not choose to remain anonyms and had photos available.

Gallery Credit: Idaho Lottery Website


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