Washington’s Lottery offers tickets to benefit veterans

November 13, 2012

Through a partnership between the state Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington’s Lottery, lotto players can help veterans by purchasing a ticket.

Funding for the Veterans Innovations Program to aid service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq comes from the Veterans Raffle. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit service members and military families.

Tickets for the Veterans Raffle, on sale through Jan. 1, can be purchased at more than 3,700 lottery retailers statewide for $10.

The program raised more than $247,000 last year for the Veterans Innovations Program.

Participants can also go to www.walottery.com/raffle to learn more about the program and support the cause.

Issaquah man is kickin’ it with new friends — Seattle Sounders FC players

April 3, 2012

Brian Gordon (right), of Issaquah, holds a new pair of autographed goalkeeper gloves after a scrimmage with (from left) Sounders FC forward Roger Levesque, keeper Michael Gspurning and forward David Estrada March 20 at the Starfire Sports center in Tukwila. By Greg Farrar

Brian Gordon raved about the men in rave green.

The Issaquah resident spent part of an afternoon kicking a soccer ball with a bunch of new friends — the 2012 Seattle Sounders FC.

Gordon earned the honor by winning the Man of the Match promotion of the Washington’s Lottery, which allowed one person and his family to suit up and practice with the Major League Soccer’s Seattle franchise.

On March 20, the dream of many a fan became true for Gordon, who traveled to the Sounders’ practice facility in Tukwila and got to share a soccer pitch with people like David Estrada, Michael Gspurning and Roger Levesque, all Sounder players.

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Mystery jackpot winner bought ticket at Issaquah store

February 28, 2012

Washington’s Lottery officials asked local players to check tickets, because a jackpot winner purchased a ticket from a local retailer in mid-February.

The winning numbers: 9-10-24-25-29.

The $730,000 jackpot — the largest in state history for Hit 5 — is to be split between the ticket sold in Issaquah and one sold in Arlington. Lottery officials did not release the retailers’ names.

The winners would each take home $365,000. The winners have 180 days to claim the prizes.

In Hit 5, players select five numbers per $1 play. The jackpot starts at $100,000 and rolls over until somebody wins.

Mystery jackpot winner purchased ticket at Issaquah store

February 16, 2012

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 16, 2012

Washington’s Lottery officials asked local players to check tickets Thursday, because a jackpot winner purchased a ticket in Issaquah.

The winning numbers: 9-10-24-25-29.

The $730,000 jackpot — the largest in state history for Hit 5 — is to be split between the ticket sold in Issaquah and another sold in Arlington. The winners each take home $365,000. The winners have 180 days to claim the prizes.

Lottery officials did not release the retailers’ names.

In Hit 5, players select five numbers per $1 play. The jackpot starts at $100,000 and rolls over until somebody wins.

Lottery program raises $150,000 for Washington veterans

January 31, 2012

Washington’s Lottery contributed $150,000 to the state Department of Veterans Affairs after amassing the dollars through a special lottery program.

The lottery launched the Hometown Heroes Raffle last year. The $10 raffle tickets benefited the state’s Veterans Innovations Program. The service provides crisis and emergency relief, plus education, training and employment assistance for Washington veterans returning from post-9/11 conflicts.

Consumers purchased 98 percent of 300,000 Hometown Heroes Raffle tickets. Officials announced the total Jan. 17.

“The Hometown Heroes Raffle created a way for the Veterans Innovations Program to continue to assist Washington’s veterans where previously there was no future funding available,” Department of Veterans Affairs Director John Lee said in a statement. “We’re very thankful to have the lottery as a partner. With their help we can continue to serve the men and women in our state who have served us so bravely.”

State lottery officials plan to make another contribution to the program in the months ahead after calculating unclaimed prizes and total costs.

Lottery program raises $150,000 for Washington veterans

January 30, 2012

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 30, 2012

Washington’s Lottery contributed $150,000 to the state Department of Veterans Affairs after amassing the dollars through a special lottery program.

The lottery launched the Hometown Heroes Raffle last year. The $10 raffle tickets benefited the state’s Veterans Innovations Program. The service provides crisis and emergency relief, plus education, training and employment assistance for Washington veterans returning from post-9/11 conflicts.

Consumers purchased 98 percent 300,000 Hometown Heroes Raffle tickets. Officials announced the total Jan. 17.

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Washington’s Lottery offers tickets to benefit veterans

September 27, 2011

Through a partnership between the state Department of Veterans Affairs and Washington’s Lottery, lotto players can help veterans by purchasing a ticket.

Funding for the Veterans Innovations Program to aid service members returning from Afghanistan and Iraq comes from The Hometown Heroes Raffle. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit service members and military families.

Tickets for The Hometown Heroes Raffle can be purchased at more than 3,900 lottery retailers statewide for $10. Tickets remain sale through Nov. 10, and the drawing is scheduled for Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Participants can also go to www.facebook.com/walottery to share reasons why they support the cause.

Couple scores Valentine’s Day lottery surprise at Issaquah store

February 15, 2011

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.”

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Issaquah woman wins $170,000 lottery jackpot

February 11, 2010

NEW — 3:42 p.m. Feb. 11, 2010

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 Thursday.

Teresita Clark poses with her oversized check for $170,000.

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