Issaquah woman wins $170,000 lottery jackpot

February 16, 2010

By Staff

Teresita Clark

Issaquah resident Teresita Clark hit it big — $170,000 big — in the state lottery Jan. 30.

Clark, a transplant to Issaquah from the Philippines, said she plans to use the windfall to help relatives pay for college educations. Before the lotto win, Clark, a bookkeeper, helped pay for three relatives’ educations and helped support relatives in her native land for years.

“The way I see it, is if you’ve got something, you give something in return,” she said in a lottery press release.Washington’s Lottery announced the win Feb. 11.

Clark won the cash by playing Hit 5 in the lottery. She realized she had won as she checked her tickets at the Northwest Gilman Boulevard Safeway when she thought to herself, “How come there are so many zeros?”

Clark she had to put on her glasses to look at the ticket scanner again. Then, she realized she had hit the jackpot.

“I went to the car and locked the door and started screaming,” she said. “Then I went home, called my sister, and was screaming in my room.”

Several more nieces and nephews will graduate high school soon, and Clark wants to help her relatives attend college.

“This money will help the kids, it’s amazing!” she said. “Even though, it’s a small amount of money, it will help them a lot.”

Safeway will receive a $1,700 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Clark plans to keep playing the lottery.

“It only takes a dollar to win,” she said.

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