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Wenatchee Woman Wins $1 Million Prize in Washington's Lottery 2012 Veterans Raffle

OLYMPIA: Last Friday, January 4, Stacey Morehouse of Wenatchee claimed her $1,000,000 prize from the Washington’s Lottery Veterans Raffle. Morehouse mistakenly thought she was buying one $20 ticket from a local Safeway in East Wenatchee. She was pleasantly surprised when she instead bought two separate tickets. Purchased just days after the Raffle began in November, she has since had the tickets hanging on her refrigerator waiting for the drawing date.

When reviewing her tickets Thursday night, she and her husband thought they had lost by just one number, until they looked at the second ticket. “We could not believe it!,” explained Morehouse. “We shared the news with our parents and my best friend and none of us slept all night!”

Her husband is a regular Lottery player. "He plays just about everything, Mega Millions, Powerball and other Lottery games and we've won $2 and $7 here and there, but nothing like this." When asked about plans for spending the winnings, Morehouse said they plan to set some of the prize aside to put their daughter through college, but have been in too much shock to even think about it quite yet. "This will help us tremendously…an amazing start to the New Year!"

"This is a very exciting win!" explained Washington’s Lottery spokesperson Arlen Harris. "This year’s game gave players the best chance to win $1 million and we are thrilled for Stacey and her family."

The Veteran's Raffle, benefitting the Veteran’s Innovations Program (VIP), ran from Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2012, through Jan. 1, 2013. The drawing also offered 30 $1,000 prizes and 100, $100 prizes. Players can scan their Raffle tickets at any of the Washington’s Lottery retailers across the state or visit the Lottery website to determine if they are a winner of the $100 or $1,000 prizes. For more information on Washington's Lottery and Veterans Raffle please visit

WASHINGTON'S LOTTERY: Since 1982, Washington's Lottery has generated more than $2.5 billion to support important state programs including the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account. Money in the Pathways Account goes toward helping students achieve their higher education dreams and supports early childhood education learning programs. The state's Lottery offers consumers several types of games: Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match 4, Daily Game, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more information, visit or join our online community on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @walottery.

Contact: Jennifer Carroll
(Curator on behalf of Washington's Lottery)
Office: (206) 454-3703
Cell: (206) 226-5237

Contact: Arlen Harris
(Communications, Washington’s Lottery)
Office: (360) 664-4808
Cell: (360) 790-7087