Couple scores Valentine’s Day lottery surprise at Issaquah store
February 15, 2011
By Dan Catchpole
NEW — 6 p.m. Feb. 15, 2011
Curtis LeMaster didn’t know he was buying a Valentine’s Day gift for himself and his wife, Mary, when he got a lottery ticket Saturday at the Fred Meyer along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast.
Married for more than 40 years, the LeMasters had planned on a quiet, intimate dinner on Valentine’s Day.
But plans changed when the North Bend residents learned Curtis had won $170,000 playing Hit 5, a draw game from Washington’s Lottery.
The couple at first didn’t believe their eyes when Curtis ran the ticket through the automatic reader at the North Bend Safeway.
“I ran it through the barcode reader and didn’t believe it,” LeMaster said in a news release from the lottery. “So I asked my wife to look at it, and she didn’t believe it. We checked the numbers in the paper, but we weren’t 100 percent sure until that big check was in our hands.”
The couple plan to buy a used car and give the rest to their financial manager, according to the release.
For selling a winning ticket, Fred Meyer will receive a $1,700 bonus from Washington’s Lottery.
LeMaster wasn’t the only Valentine’s Day winner. Washington’s Lottery gave out more than $350,000 in prizes Monday.
“In fact, one of yesterday’s winners told us he plans to buy an engagement ring with his prize money,” lottery spokesman Scott Kinney said.