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Washington woman wins $90 million Powerball jackpot on first try

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SEATTLE — A Washington state woman on Thursday claimed a $90 million Powerball lottery jackpot after buying a ticket for the first time, and said she would quit her job at plane maker Boeing Co and buy a new Subaru.

Lisa Quam, who bought her ticket at a grocery story in Auburn, south of Seattle, had the six correct numbers in Saturday's multi-state drawing, the lottery said in a statement.

"Sent out an email to my co-workers and friends at work this morning and told them what a pleasure it was to work with them and to check the news today, and they'll come to an understanding of why I am writing this note," Quam said to laughter at a news conference in Olympia.

Quam and her husband bought two Powerball tickets on a Thanksgiving Day run to buy a newspaper and pumpkin spice, the lottery's statement said. She posted the tickets on the refrigerator and checked the numbers on Sunday.

"I yelled to my family, 'Get up here!' They all thought I was mad and angry about something," she said in a statement through the lottery. "My daughter asked, 'Is this an emergency?' and I said, 'Yes!'"

Quam has not decided whether to collect the prize as a lump sum, which would amount to roughly $56.8 million, or as an annuity of 30 payments.

The largest-ever Powerball jackpot was for $590.5 million and went to the holder of a single winning ticket last year.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175 million. The game is played in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Quam was the first Powerball jackpot winner in Washington state.

"We have student loans just like every family, house repairs. Maybe we'll buy a house for one of the kids," she said when asked by reporters about her plans.

Quam said she expected to travel more and had already identified her next new car: a Subaru Forester.

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Posted: December 5, 2014, 8:16 am - IP Logged

Congratulations to the winners.

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    Posted: December 5, 2014, 9:29 am - IP Logged

    First time buyer. WOW!! Congratulation to Lisa Quam. Party

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      Posted: December 5, 2014, 9:42 am - IP Logged

      Two tickets...Does that mean they each bought one?  Or did one of them buy two?  First time players normally buy one ticket,  I am pointing this out because someone else did on another topic covering this. 

      Congrats to Washington state for a first win.

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        Posted: December 5, 2014, 10:23 am - IP Logged

        Two tickets...Does that mean they each bought one?  Or did one of them buy two?  First time players normally buy one ticket,  I am pointing this out because someone else did on another topic covering this. 

        Congrats to Washington state for a first win.

        Good point !

        Also, was the 1st ticket the winner ?

        B/C the 2nd ticket is the 2nd time you're playing.

         

        I used to work w/ a guy that planned on saying it was his 1st time playing,

        he's been playing over 40 years !

        Extraordinary Popular Delusions & the Madness of Crowds    -- Charles Mackay  LL.D.

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          Posted: December 5, 2014, 10:49 am - IP Logged

          It just goes to show you how random winning the jackpot is. CCongratulations Mrs Quam and family. I hope this money brings you love

          That money's gone fo ever

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            Posted: December 5, 2014, 10:53 am - IP Logged

            You have to be pretty gullible to believe this woman's story. You are telling me that a woman her age just played for the first time? We have had several jackpots in the hundreds of millions of dollars yet this is the first time she decided to play? Come on now. I might buy it if it was some 19 or 20 year old girl, but not her.

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              Posted: December 5, 2014, 11:01 am - IP Logged

              Good point !

              Also, was the 1st ticket the winner ?

              B/C the 2nd ticket is the 2nd time you're playing.

               

              I used to work w/ a guy that planned on saying it was his 1st time playing,

              he's been playing over 40 years !

              maybe she meant she bought one ticket that had two lines/plays?

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                Posted: December 5, 2014, 11:07 am - IP Logged

                maybe she meant she bought one ticket that had two lines/plays?

                Yea, that's likely the case, just making a technical point.

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                  Posted: December 5, 2014, 11:12 am - IP Logged

                  You have to be pretty gullible to believe this woman's story. You are telling me that a woman her age just played for the first time? We have had several jackpots in the hundreds of millions of dollars yet this is the first time she decided to play? Come on now. I might buy it if it was some 19 or 20 year old girl, but not her.

                  Boeing employee......I would say there is a 40% chance it is her first time. If she played then her co-workers would likely know about it (watercooler talk) and dispute the story in the press. I know several people her age who have never played, simply because they have no reason or need to. It is also possible that this is her first Powerball ticket, not first ticket ever. I could say it my first ticket if I have never played the game before.

                  There are over 300 million people in America, so there are bound to be a few who have never bought a lottery ticket. I think it irritates frequent lottery players when someone new wins (think they're "due" a win), but the reality is that anyone can win....all they need is one ticket for one drawing.

                  If the chances of winning the jackpot are so slim, why play when the jackpot is so small? Your chances never change, but the potential payoff does.
                  If a crystal ball showed you the future of the rest of your life, and in that future you will never win a jackpot, would you still play?

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                    Posted: December 5, 2014, 11:16 am - IP Logged

                    Yea, that's likely the case, just making a technical point.

                    yeah, I think I see what you're getting at.

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                      Posted: December 5, 2014, 11:18 am - IP Logged

                      Party- To Lisa & Everett. Enjoy your newfound  financial freedom..

                      People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                        Posted: December 5, 2014, 11:24 am - IP Logged

                        It just goes to show you how random winning the jackpot is. CCongratulations Mrs Quam and family. I hope this money brings you love

                        I Agree!..and that is why when l read statements like " the lottery is fixed" because ONLY CA, NJ, NY & FLORIDA win...l simply roll my eyes.

                        For all we know- the next winner could be from the Virgin Islands. 

                        People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                          Posted: December 5, 2014, 11:25 am - IP Logged

                          Boeing employee......I would say there is a 40% chance it is her first time. If she played then her co-workers would likely know about it (watercooler talk) and dispute the story in the press. I know several people her age who have never played, simply because they have no reason or need to. It is also possible that this is her first Powerball ticket, not first ticket ever. I could say it my first ticket if I have never played the game before.

                          There are over 300 million people in America, so there are bound to be a few who have never bought a lottery ticket. I think it irritates frequent lottery players when someone new wins (think they're "due" a win), but the reality is that anyone can win....all they need is one ticket for one drawing.

                          I know plenty of people who have never played the lottery and they claim they never will. My cousin plays blackjack and poker. Games he considers skill games. He considers the lottery a sucker's bet and never plays. One of these days I think he'll buy a ticket for the first time just for the heck of it and he'd win just cause the universe is ironic like that.

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                            Posted: December 5, 2014, 11:28 am - IP Logged

                            I Agree!..and that is why when l read statements like " the lottery is fixed" because ONLY CA, NJ, NY & FLORIDA win...l simply roll my eyes.

                            For all we know- the next winner could be from the Virgin Islands. 

                            please don't open up that can of worms again. LOL