Million dollar lottery ticket unclaimed in Washington state

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Someone in Washington state is now a millionaire – and they might not even know it. 

On June 22, the Muckleshoot Casino Resort in Auburn, Washington, sold a winning lottery ticket worth $1.3 million, said a June 28 press release from Washington’s Lottery. The ticket was for the state’s “Lotto” game.

A week later, the prize is still unclaimed, they said. 

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“Lotto” games cost $1 for two plays, says Washington’s Lottery. A person picks two sets of six numbers between one and 49. A player wins the jackpot if they match all six numbers – which is a one in 6.99 million odds.

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Jackpots for Lotto start at $1 million and increase until someone wins, said Washington’s Lottery’s website. 

The chances of winning a prize of any amount in the Lotto game are 1 in 27.1, they said. A person who matches three numbers wins the smallest prize, $3.  

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While the jackpot is unclaimed for now, the Muckleshoot Casino still has reason to celebrate, said Washington’s Lottery. 

For selling the $1.3 million winning ticket, the casino received a bonus of $13,000.

“When we learned that we had sold the winning ticket and were receiving a bonus, we were absolutely thrilled. We’re already planning on how we’re going to celebrate as a team,” Robert Dearstine, executive director of marketing at Muckleshoot Casino Resort, told Washington’s Lottery. 

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“We’re even more excited for the lucky player who will be taking home this sizable win. It’s such a special moment that can change someone’s life for the better,” he added. 

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Muckleshoot Casino Resort has had quite the lucky streak as of late: earlier in June, the casino sold two second-prize Lotto tickets that were each worth $1,000, said Washington’s Lottery. 

Although the lucky winner remains unknown for now, they do still have plenty of time to claim their prize, said Washington’s Lottery. 

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The prize will expire on December 19, 2024, at 5 p.m., they said, and must be claimed before then. 

Washington’s Lottery was created in 1982, said its website. 

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Since that time, the lottery has generated more than $5 billion for various state programs, including the Washington College Grant and the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, the website said. 

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