By Debra Smith Herald Writer
EVERETT — Somewhere, scrunched in a pants pocket or tacked to a refrigerator door, someone is holding the ticket to their own Economic Recovery Act.
And they probably don’t even know it.
Nobody has claimed a winning Washington’s Lottery Hit 5 ticket worth $200,000. If they don’t claim their prize by 5 p.m. Monday, they’ll lose it.
It was purchased at the South Broadway Foodmart next to the 76 Station at 3532 Broadway.
The winning numbers, drawn Nov. 4, are 08-19-21-25-39.
“Nobody really expects to win,” said Jacque Coe, spokeswoman for Washington’s Lottery, based in Olympia. “People buy a ticket and hope to win, but a lot of times we get cavalier about it.”
Sometime last fall, somebody went into the South Broadway Foodmart.
They queued up to the counter, not far from the beef jerky bucket, the Redbull and the American flag cigarette lighters. They put their money down on a gamble that for many ends in nothing.
They beat 1 in 575,757 odds. Then they forgot to check the ticket.
Owner Jagtar Singh said he’s “asking customers, please check your tickets.”
A giant green Monopoly-esque check with $200,000 on it hangs behind the counter. Lots of customers ask about it.
The state gives businesses that sell winning tickets a bonus. Singh already got his — $2,000 — which he invested in the store.
Maybe he sold the winning ticket. Maybe his hands pulled it from the lotto machine. He doesn’t know.
His store, he said, must be lucky.
Time will tell whether the ticket holder is, too.
If you have it
Do you have the winning ticket? Call the Washington’s Lottery office at 425-356-2902 — pronto.
By the numbers
$1: cost of a Hit 5 ticket
32: People who won Hit 5 in 2009
180: Days to claim a lotto prize
$200,000: Amount of unclaimed prize
$32 million: Amount awarded by Washington’s Lottery annually
$487 million: Amount spent on lottery tickets a year