Washington Lottery published wrong numbers after raffle draw
Blames 'computer glitch'
A North Seattle man couldn't believe his eyes. His ticket in the lottery's Veteran's Raffle was a winner.
He checked the numbers, and then checked them again. I was so excited! I couldn't believe I had won the lottery! he said.
The problem is, he didn't. What he thought was a $1,000 winner was a dud.
I got up early and went to the lottery office, and they told me my ticket was invalid, he said.
Lottery officials say a computer glitch posted the wrong numb ...
Jan 3, 2013, 7:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Washington Gov. proposes privatizing state's lottery
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday floated the idea of privatizing the state lottery system as a way to bring in more money for education.
I want to be clear: I am not proposing that the lottery expand gambling, Gregoire said at a news conference. Private-sector operation of the lottery would be the lottery that we have today.
She wants the Legislature to approve having the lottery solicit proposals from private vendors to run the operation.
The idea would be to see if the pri ...
Dec 16, 2011, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Millionaire janitor must leave the job he loves
Includes video report
After being elected to the Highline School Board, a millionaire janitor who won the Washington lottery must now step down from the job he loves and the teams he coaches.
For more than twenty years, Tyrone Curry has cleaned the grounds and coached the kids at the Evergreen campus, but this school custodian just beat the sitting school board president for a seat on the Highline District's School Board and must resign before swearing in next month.
Curry said he's coa ...
Nov 22, 2011, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
Washington Gov. orders lottery to return Mercedes
Plans for a lottery promotion van in Washington have been scratched after Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered the the state lottery to take the Mercedes-Benz back to the dealer.
The lottery had big plans for the new lotto mobile, and planned to model it after a van used by Virginia to promote its state lottery.
(See $49,000 Mercedes is Washington Lottery's marketing tool, Lottery Post, Oct. 3, 2011.)
State lottery officials planned to drive the van to events across the state to boost sales of l ...
Oct 6, 2011, 5:46 pm - Lottery News forum
$49,000 Mercedes is Washington Lottery's marketing tool
Some folks may think it's just a new way for Washington's Lottery to take suckers for a ride.
That's not quite the agency mission, insists Lottery director Bill Hanson. So what is it?
Hanson said Friday the agency bought a $49,000 Mercedes Sprinter van as a marketing tool to boost Lottery ticket sales at the Puyallup Fair and other big festivals where it sets up for marketing.
He said it is an idea the agency dreamed up to boost revenues and help fill the state's yawning budget hole.
Oct 3, 2011, 2:21 am - Lottery News forum
Millionaire janitor buys school new track
Includes video report
The lunch hour is over and Evergreen High School custodian Tyrone Curry gets out his broom for a quick sweep up.
I try to make sure it's spotless and it's ready for the kids, he said.
After cleaning, he's off to his second passion: coaching the track and field team.
I just like staying busy, Curry said with a laugh.
But in reality, he doesn't have to work. He's a millionaire.
I know my wife says, 'Oh, you don't really have to work' and I say, 'Yeah. I d ...
Apr 20, 2011, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
$9.6M Washington Lotto jackpot claimed
State's 3rd-biggest Lotto jackpot
Deborah Harden hasn't slept well over the last week for a number of reasons: 4.8 million of them.
The 60-year-old Pasco woman, a department store buyer, is Washington's latest lottery millionaire.
She, her husband, Jim, and family members came forward Tuesday at the lottery's regional office in Yakima, collecting a one-time payment of $4.8 million, less withholding, for the April 4 Lotto jackpot of $9.6 million.
They opted for the one-time payment ra ...
Apr 13, 2011, 8:41 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions lottery winner recounts epic win
Includes video report
No, Carolyn, it's not a heart attack. It's a fortune.
The man who bought one of two winning tickets in the $380 million Mega Millions lottery frightened his wife when he woke her Tuesday night to share the life-changing news.
I was pale, shaking. She thought I was having a heart attack, retiree Jim McCullar recalled.
When his wife, Carolyn, asked if he was OK, he replied: I'm perfect.
On Thursday, the couple and their adult children stepped forward to publi ...
Jan 6, 2011, 7:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions Wash. lottery winner to be revealed
Idaho winner still a mystery
One of the two winners of the $380 million Mega Millions jackpot will come forward today.
The unidentified Washington state lottery winner bought the ticket at a Safeway store in the small town of Ephrata.
The same player also bought another ticket that won $150.
Scott Kinney, Washington state Lottery spokesman, said the winner hand-picked the magic numbers at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The numbers drawn in the second-largest jackpot in U.S. history were: 4, 8, ...
Jan 6, 2011, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum
The Jackpot has Landed
2 tickets from Idaho and Washington split $380 million Mega Millions jackpot
By Todd Northrop
Update: Final draw-time jackpot increased, cash value was largest ever
Update 2: California prizes added
After a lottery ticket buying frenzy swept across America this week, the massive, seemingly unstoppable Mega Millions jackpot has finally been taken down.
Tuesday's $380 million jackpot was the second-largest jackpot ever in the United States, second only to the $390 million Mega Milli ...
Jan 5, 2011, 3:50 am - Lottery News forum