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Players become winners every day with Washington’s Lottery

From April to June of this year, players won more than $125 million in prizes

Olympia, Wash. (August 2, 2022) – Across the state, players become winners every day with Washington’s Lottery. In the last 365 days, the Lottery has awarded $544 million in prizes to approximately 38.4 million winners across Washington. The last quarter of FY22 alone (April-June 2022) saw 9,212,159 prizes claimed totaling $125,174,099. Some of the winners from each region include:

  • South Puget Sound
    • A 59-year-old man from Seattle won $1,000,000 playing Mega Millions.
    • J.G. from Puyallup won $250,000 playing Scratch.
    • J.W., a 62-year-old resident of Gig Harbor, took home a $230,000 prize while playing Hit 5. He is delighted by the opportunity to give each of his kids a portion of the winnings.
    • M.M from Bonney Lake won $30,000 playing Scratch Crossword Wizard in the same month she celebrated her 19th birthday. She is excited to finally buy a car with the winnings.
    • J.B., also from Bonney Lake, won $10,000 playing Match 4.
  • Central Washington
    • A woman residing in Moses Lake won the top prize of $10,000 playing Match 4.
  • Southwest Washington
    • A.W. from Vancouver brought home $50,000 playing Powerball.
    • A.S. from Winlock won the $50,000 top prize when they purchased a 5Spot Scratch game ticket.
    • M.B., a 52-year-old resident in the Vancouver area, won a $20,000 top prize playing Loteria.
  • North Puget Sound
    • S.A. from the Everett area won Hit 5’s top prize of $130,000 in June.
    • S.O. from Everett won $30,000 from a Scratch game bought at SEA-TAC Airport.
  • Olympic Peninsula
    • P.H. from Redmond won a $160,000 prize when they purchased a Hit 5 ticket.
  • Eastern Washington
    • Natalie from Spokane won $50,000 after purchasing a Decade of Dollars Scratch ticket.
    • A Medical Lake resident named Johnson won the top prize of $10,000 playing Match 4.
    • S.L.L. from Spokane also won $10,000 playing Match 4.

Winning players have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prize. Scratch ticket winners have 180 days from the last day of ticket sales to claim their prize. By law, prizes that aren’t claimed are placed into a reserve account. Each June, the surplus in this account is transferred to the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account (WOPA), which helps support education in Washington. WOPA helps college students across the state achieve their dreams and supports early childhood education programs. More information on the program can be found here.

Washington’s Lottery has regional offices located in Everett, Federal Way, Olympia, Spokane, and Yakima, which are open to the public to claim prizes Mon-Fri from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Washington’s Lottery encourages winners with prizes up to $100,000 who cannot travel to one of these locations to mail in their winning tickets to claim their prize. Winners with a prize of $100,000 or more are instructed to call the nearest Lottery office to schedule an appointment to make a safe and secure in-person claim.

Making a Difference in Washington State
Since 1982, Washington’s Lottery has generated more than $4.5 billion to support several important state programs, including providing much-needed funds for the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account (WOPA). In FY21, WOPA received $185.7 million from the Lottery, enough to pay college tuition for more than 18,000 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 – April 2022
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.* Children in state-funded pre-K programs like ECEAP see long-lasting positive effects, including increased grade progression, high school graduation and college enrollment.**

About Washington’s Lottery: The state’s Lottery offers consumers 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.

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Press Contacts
Dan Miller (Curator on behalf of Washington’s Lottery)
E-mail: dan.miller@curatorpr.com

Xiamara Garza (Curator on behalf of Washington’s Lottery)
E-mail: xiamara.garza@curatorpr.com

 

* Early Learning Feedback Report. https://erdc.wa.gov/data-dashboards/early-learning-feedback-report-0

** Boston Public Schools Department of Early Childhood. (n.d.). Boston universal pre-K. Retrieved June 9, 2021, from https://www.bpsearlylearning.org/boston-upk

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