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Lynnwood woman forgot to scan Hit 5 ticket for months; ends up winning $135,000

Thanks to her win, she is officially debt free

Olympia, Wash. (February 22, 2024) – On her route home from work, M.B., who is a mother and master electrician from Lynnwood, stopped at her local Fred Meyer to grab some groceries for dinner. On her way out, she decided to buy a HIT 5 ticket from the Lottery Vending Machine (LVM) and tucked it away as she went about her day.

A few months went by and it wasn’t until M.B. was reminded by her husband to check her ticket that she went back to scan the ticket at the Lottery Vending Machine. The words “See Lottery Regional Office” glowed back at her. She couldn’t believe that her forgotten ticket was a winner, but what shocked her even more was that her printed confirmation receipt showed she had won $135,000.

M.B. drove home excited to show her family that she had won big. Both her husband and her son’s eyes grew wide when they saw what the ticket was worth. With her winnings, M.B. has been able to pay off her debt and is now officially debt free.

HIT 5 is a Washington state lottery game that replaced Quinto in 2007. Each play is $1. Players pick five numbers between 1 and 42. Alternatively, players may use Quick Pick by letting the computer select their numbers. With four winning ball combinations, the more numbers that match those drawn, the more a player will win.

Making a Difference in Washington State
Since 1982, Washington’s Lottery has generated more than $5.3 billion to support several important state programs, including providing much-needed funds for the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account (WOPA). In FY23, WOPA received $199.9 million from the Lottery. Of this, $139.1 million helped fund the Washington College Grant, a financial aid program that supported more than 29,000 college students and apprentices across the state last year. Another $2.5 million helped fund the College Bound program to help eligible students attain a college or training degree or credential.

Washington’s Lottery Beneficiary Fact
Washington’s Lottery is proud to be a financial supporter of the Washington Student Achievement Council, which administers state financial aid programs. WSAC leads a variety of initiatives to increase educational opportunities for students, families, and educators across the state, with a particular focus on increasing equity by reaching communities of color and students from low-income families. The $141.6 million investment made in FY23 by the Lottery helps fund the Washington College Grant and College Bound programs, in order to improve access to postsecondary attainment for students across Washington.

About Washington’s Lottery: The state’s Lottery offers consumers several types of games, including Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto, Hit 5, Match 4, Pick 3, Cash POP, Daily Keno and Scratch. For more information, visit or find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @walottery.

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