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Winner of largest Washington Lotto jackpot in a decade comes forward

The winner of the largest Washington state lottery jackpot in a decade has come forward, according to lottery officials.

Someone bought the winning $12.2 million Lotto ticket at a grocery store in Brier on July 3.

Lottery officials said the winner wants to remain anonymous.

“We’re shocked, this is an unbelievable experience.” The winner went on to share, “I saw the Lotto jackpot was getting bigger and bigger. Sometimes I ask my husband to buy tickets for me, if I’m unable to go out. We know the store owner, and they told my husband his luck is different from my luck. My husband said ‘it’s better that you get it, so if you are destined to win, then it’s you and not me, I’m just going to ruin it for you.’”

The owners of Brier Grocery didn’t say much but told KIRO 7’s Dave Wager that the winner came forward.

Next door, Linda Weber at Jason’s Java said she knew the winner.

“She came in and said, ‘I’m the one,'” Weber said.

Daniel Economides, a chef at Brier Pizza, believes he was standing directly behind the winner when she purchased the ticket.

“I was the next one in line,” Economides said.

The winner of the largest Washington state lottery jackpot in a decade has come forward, according to lottery officials.

Arlington man wins $1M in Mega Millions; jackpot now $1B

Meanwhile, the Powerball pot of $730 million was won Wednesday. Will the lucky streak continue Friday?

  • by Andrea Brown
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021 8:25pm
  • Local NewsArlington

EVERETT — The Mega Millions jackpot is at the $1 billion mark for Friday’s drawing.

Two weeks in a row, tickets sold in Washington matched five of the six lottery numbers to win $1 million.

The winner last week was a Boeing machinist from Arlington who wished to remain anonymous.

In a news release Thursday, the unnamed man said he actually bought two tickets from the aptly named Jackpot Food Mart in Marysville.

The first $2 ticket won him $4.

Second time was the charm.

“After realizing he won big, the $1 million dollar winner spent the day with his family and took them out to dinner,” according to the statement from Washington’s Lottery. “He plans to use the winnings to pay for his daughter’s wedding and a new car, overdue renovation projects on their house and to spruce up the backyard.”

In this week’s Tuesday Mega Millions drawing, 11 tickets worth $1 million were sold, including another one in Washington. The state lottery office has not released information about that winner.

This week could be a lucky streak. Powerball’s $730 million was finally won on Wednesday after soaring at nearly the same pace as Mega Millions for four months.

The pot, at over $970 million on Thursday, is the second-largest in the history of Mega Millions. It is expected to surpass $1 billion based on the uptick sales by people chasing a lofty dream of rootin’-tootin’ riches.

No one has hit the grand prize since September, when a player in Wisconsin won $120 million.

The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 303 million for Mega Millions and 1 in 292 million for Powerball.

Mega Millions drawings are on Fridays and Tuesdays. The next Powerball drawing, for a mere $20 million, is Saturday.

Under Washington state law, the names of lottery winners are public record. Our state is overdue for someone to hit all six numbers. The nation’s largest jackpot in history was Powerball’s $1.586 billion, with three winning tickets sold — in California, Florida and Tennessee — in January 2016. The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $1.537 billion, with one winning ticket in South Carolina in October 2018.

The cash-only lump sum of $970 million is $716.3 million. To pinch every penny, take it as an annuity over 30 years.

After federal taxes, you’ll still have enough to buy a house in Seattle.

Meanwhile, the Powerball pot of $730 million was won Wednesday. Will the lucky streak continue Friday? ]]>