EAST WENATCHEE — Regular lottery ticket purchases finally paid off for an East Wenatchee family.
Stacey Morehouse claimed her $1 million prize from Washington’s Lottery 2012 Veterans Raffle Friday in Olympia.
“It was quite a shock,” Morehouse, 41, said about winning the raffle’s top cash prize. “We’ve never won anything like that before.”
Morehouse said her husband, Kevin, 46, always asks her to buy a lottery ticket when she goes to the store. Usually, he buys them himself. But neither of them have ever before won anything larger than a $2 or $7 prize.
“It finally paid off for us,” she said.
Morehouse said she bought two tickets at the East Wenatchee Safeway in November when the raffle started. She had intended to purchase just one $20 ticket, but ended up with two $10 tickets, which she hung on her refrigerator until the drawing date. When the winning numbers were picked last Thursday, Kevin thought they had missed the winning ticket by one digit. Then they looked at the second ticket and realized they had won.
“We couldn’t believe it. We shared the news with out parents and my best friend and none of us slept all night,” Stacey said.
The couple plan to talk to an investment adviser this week and try to invest the winnings wisely. A portion of the money will assure that their daughter, Taylor, 13, a student at Eastmont Junior High School, will get a college education.
“Honestly, we don’t know what we’ll do with the money,” said Morehouse, who planned to return to her job today at Sinclair Systems International is Olds Station. Kevin works in construction and also planned to keep his job. “We plan to live our life as normal.”
Lottery spokesman Arlen Harris said the couple received a check for $750,000 after federal taxes were withheld.
The Veterans Raffle is just one of several games offered by Washington’s Lottery to support state programs. Ticket proceeds from the Veterans Raffle benefits the Veterans Innovations Program. Tickets were sold between Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012, and Jan. 1. The raffle also offered 30 $1,000 prizes and 100 $100 prizes.
Rick Steigmeyer: 664-7151