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35 YEARS AGO TODAY, WASHINGTON’S LOTTERY SOLD ITS FIRST LOTTERY TICKET

Today, Washington’s Lottery celebrates 35 years of inspiring Washington’s imagination. The first Washington’s Lottery ticket was sold on November 15, 1982. More than three decades later, Washington’s Lottery continues to provide people with innovative, fun games and generate revenue to benefit people and communities across the state.

“Since 1982, Washington’s Lottery has paid more than $8.4 billion in prizes to winners across the state and retailers have made $856.2 million in sales commissions,” said Kathi Patnode, Marketing Operations Manager for Washington’s Lottery. “In addition to that, we’ve generated more than $3 billion to support important state programs such as the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, helping students achieve their higher education dreams. Those numbers are something to celebrate and we look forward to many more years serving the people of Washington.”

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