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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.

That $12.2 million Lotto winner in Brier finally surfaced

The winner of the largest state Lotto jackpot in years wants to remain anonymous.

  • by Andrea Brown
  • Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:40pm
  • Local NewsBrier

BRIER — Who’s the lucky Brier resident?

Only Washington’s Lottery officials know for sure.

And maybe some friends and neighbors.

Hint: Look for someone driving a new car.

The winner of the $12.2 million Lotto ticket, who came forward Friday, wants to remain anonymous.

Not sure how long that will last: Brier covers about 2 square miles and has about 6,300 residents.

The winner told lottery officials her car is 20 years old.

“My husband is looking to buy me a new one,” she said in a press release. “That’s the only splurge we’ll do. We’re very simple people, my husband and I always tease one another saying, ‘You’ll win one of these days.’ It finally happened!”

The Lotto ticket was sold at Brier Grocery on July 3. The family-owned market gets a 1 percent selling bonus, which is $122,000 based on the jackpot amount.

Lotto tickets are $1 for two plays of six numbers. Jackpots begin at $1 million and keep growing until all six numbers are matched. The odds of that are 1-in-6.99 million.

Drawings are held at 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The next drawing is worth $1 million, with a $500,000 cash option.

The July 3 Lotto jackpot was at its highest level in the last decade.

“I saw the Lotto jackpot was getting bigger and bigger,” the winner told lottery officials.

“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 winner chose Brier Grocery for a reason. “The owners are always friendly to me and my husband. After 8 p.m. I checked my ticket. I woke my husband and said ‘Get up! You have to verify these numbers for me!’”

Sure enough, the numbers matched: 05-12-13-27-34-49.

“The next day, we went to breakfast to celebrate.”

The winner told officials they have consulted a CPA and lawyer. A car dealership is next.

The winner of the largest state Lotto jackpot in years wants to remain anonymous.