A grandfather from the city of Pacific is a Mega Millions ticket winner, according to a Washington State Lottery Commission press release:
Had Joseph Washington of Pacific known that he was carrying around a Mega Millions ticket worth a quarter of a million dollars, he probably would have cashed it in sooner.
Monday, a week after the purchase of the winning ticket, Joseph claimed his $250,000 at the Lottery’s regional office in Federal Way.
On his way out with friends, Joseph grabbed the six one-dollar tickets he’d bought last week, planning to stop somewhere to check if he‘d won anything. The first five tickets were not winners, but when he scanned his last ticket, he was instructed to “Check with Retailer.”
Assuming his prize was minimal, Joseph decided to use his winnings to take another shot at the jackpot.
“I didn’t think that I had won more than a few bucks,” he said. “I handed the ticket to the clerk and asked how many tickets I could buy with the winnings.” When the cashier told him he was a quarter of a million dollars richer, all he could say was “Get out of town!”
Joseph is the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren and plans on giving a portion of his winnings to them. He also has a few plans for himself, including paying off some bills and taking a trip to tropical Montego Bay.
“I’m from the East Coast so I prefer the Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean,” he said. “It’s nice to know that I can now do some of the things I have always wanted to do.”
Joseph bought his winning Mega Millions ticket at Albertsons on A Street Southeast in Auburn, Wash. For selling the winning ticket, the store will receive a $2,500 retail selling bonus.