Spokane Man Wins $1 Million With Scratch Ticket! - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Man Wins $1 Million With Scratch Ticket!

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane area resident Chris Hart, said he assumed he'd win $5,000 or $10,000 someday, but never dreamed he'd win $1,000,000 playing Washington Millionaire III, a Scratch game from Washington's Lottery.

Chris works for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. "I go into the Hico Village convenience store about once every two weeks. I picked up a newspaper and bought the Scratch ticket on Tuesday," Chris said. He went home, scratched the ticket and found out he won $1,000,000. "I pretty much fell out of my chair," he exclaimed.

Chris wasn't sure if he would turn the ticket in immediately or wait until the New Year. Eventually, anxiety got the best of him. "I decided to turn in the ticket right away because I was worried I'd lose it, or my house might burn down," he laughed.

The first person Chris called was his dad, but when he didn't reach him, Chris called his mom, Karen. "I lost my mind when I heard," the proud mom gushed. "It couldn't have happened to a better person. If anybody deserves it, he does. He is a very hard working young man."

When asked what he plans to do with the money, Chris said, "I'm going to pretend like nothing happened until I find out about the taxes. I have ten years to go at work, so it won't change my lifestyle."

Chris purchased the ticket on Tuesday, December 14, at the Hico Village on East Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley, and the store will receive a $10,000 retail selling bonus.

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