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A man from Tacoma is celebrating a $50,000 Powerball win from the drawing on Saturday, April 7. He purchased the ticket from QFC in Tacoma (11104 Pacific Ave S).

The winner said that he had to check the numbers three or four times to believe he had actually won. Once the initial shock wore off, he shared the news with his granddaughter.

The winner told lottery officials that has a very special set of numbers that he uses when he plays Powerball. “I use the numbers that my late wife picked. I’d like to think she was looking down on me and helped out a little on this win,” he said.

The longtime Tacoma resident, who is now retired, spent time in the military as well as working for the post office and railroads.

The winner plans to use his winnings to help pay for his granddaughter’s college tuition.

Proceeds from Washington’s Lottery benefit the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, providing grants to college students statewide. To learn more about Washington’s Lottery, its beneficiaries and to review all up-to-date winning numbers, please visit


WASHINGTON’S LOTTERY:  Since 1982, Washington’s Lottery has generated more than $3 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 and Instagram @walottery.

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Brittany Mann (Curator on behalf of Washington’s Lottery)