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Winner announcement culminates six–month program celebrating the players, games, retailers and contributions that have made Washington's Lottery great for 30 years

In final celebration of its 30th Anniversary, Washington's Lottery today announced the winner of the "Design a Scratch Ticket" contest. This interactive contest, which started in August, was a creative outlet for fans to participate in Washington's Lottery's 30th Anniversary and compete to have their ticket design printed as a Washington's Lottery Scratch game. The winning ticket, titled "Life on Mars," was designed by Steve Jensen, of Monroe, WA.

Steve's ticket was chosen by popular vote and will be printed on a $2 Washington's Lottery Scratch game in early 2013. The Design a Scratch Ticket contest received 151 entries, more than 12,722 online votes, and 2,665 of those votes were for Steve's Life on Mars ticket.

"I was inspired by NASA's landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars," explained Steve. "I told some of my friends who voted for my ticket that if I won, I'd buy them my Scratch ticket when it gets printed next year. Looks like I'm on the hook now!"

The Design a Scratch Ticket contest was part of Washington's Lottery's 30th Anniversary celebration that kicked off in June with an Anniversary Scratch ticket. That ticket sold out in 10 weeks – twice as quickly as similar tickets typically sell out – and winners from across the state claimed the five top $50,000 prizes.

"The past six months have been a very exciting time for Washington's Lottery," explained Bill Hanson, Director of Washington's Lottery. "We designed this anniversary program, from the Design a Scratch Ticket contest to the Anniversary Scratch ticket, to thank and celebrate our players, retailers, and beneficiaries that have helped make Washington's Lottery successful for three decades. We're looking forward to the next 30 years!"

Since its inception, Washington's Lottery has awarded more than $6 billion in prizes, given more than $3 billion back to the state, and helped hundreds of thousands of people have fun and imagine bigger. More information about Washington's Lottery's 30-year impact on the state, including profiles of winners, players and games, is available on

WASHINGTON'S LOTTERY: Since 1982, Washington's Lottery has generated more than $2.5 billion to support important state programs including the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account. Money in the Pathways Account goes toward helping students achieve their higher education dreams and supports early childhood education learning programs. The state's Lottery offers consumers several types of games: Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match 4, Daily Game, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more information, visit or join our online community on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @walottery.

Contact: Rachael Odom
(Edelman PR on behalf of Washington's Lottery)
Office: (206) 505-6569

Contact: Arlen Harris
(Communications, Washington’s Lottery)
Office: (360) 664-4808
Cell: (360) 790-7087