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Everett man stops for iced tea, wins $500,000 from Washington Lottery

Olympia, Wash., November 7, 2023—Everett man wins $500,000 from a Washington state lottery Scratch ticket he bought at the Evergreen Food Store. The same retailer sold Scratch tickets years ago with a $1,000 and $10,000 winning.

Some people say there’s nothing as refreshing as drinking an iced tea, but how about winning half-a-million dollars thanks to that iced tea? D.B, a long-time Everett resident, stopped by the Evergreen Food Store for a drink after dropping off his son at school and while there he decided to buy three Scratch tickets. Little did he know that one of the tickets, Six Figures, would win him $500,000.

When he got home, D.B. scratched his first two tickets, which weren’t winners. When he got to the third ticket, he was in shock to see he had just won the game’s top prize. Even though he was alone, he couldn’t help but look around the room and ask out loud, “Did I really win this?”

This was not the first winning ticket that D.B. has purchased from Evergreen Food Store. He says about six years ago, he bought a winning $1,000 Scratch ticket there, and about three years ago, he also purchased a $10,000 winning Scratch ticket from this retailer.

D.B. called his mom first to tell her the news. Once she realized he wasn’t joking, he offered to pay her remaining debt and told her, “You can retire now.” They both went to breakfast to celebrate. In addition to helping his mom, he wants to purchase a car for his son and put some money into his college fund.

Washington’s Lottery offers Scratch games priced between $1 and $30, each with varying prize amounts. The number of actual prizes available in a game may vary based on the number of tickets printed, tested, distributed, sold, and number of prizes claimed.

Making a Difference in Washington State 

Since 1982, Washington’s Lottery has generated more than $5.0 billion to support several important state programs, including providing much-needed funds for the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account (WOPA). In FY22, WOPA received $176.6 million from the Lottery, enough to pay college tuition for more than 9,900 Washington residents. It also provided approximately 25% of the annual budget for the state’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program, which provides critical services to more than 15,000 children at 440 locations across Washington.

Washington’s Lottery Beneficiary Fact

Washington’s Lottery is very proud to be a financial supporter of the state’s Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP). The $40 million annual investment the lottery makes in ECEAP has lasting effects. Children who participate in ECEAP are more likely to be kindergarten-ready than non-participants, and those who participate five or more hours per day are especially prepared in reading and math.[i] Children in state-funded pre-K programs like ECEAP see long-lasting positive effects, including increased grade progression, high school graduation and college enrollment.[ii]

About Washington’s Lottery: The state’s Lottery offers players several types of games, including Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match 4, Pick 3, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more information, visit www.walottery.com or find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @walottery.

Keep it fun. Know your limit. Washington’s Lottery is an advocate for responsible gaming and collaborates with the Evergreen Council for Problem Gambling to provide resources for those in need. More information is available at www.walottery.com/Responsibility.

SOURCE: Washington State Lottery

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