Brier Grocery sold a $12 million winning Lotto ticket. The buyer stepped forward, but wishes to remain anonymous. (Charles Andrade)

Brier Grocery sold a $12 million winning Lotto ticket. The buyer stepped forward, but wishes to remain anonymous. (Charles Andrade)

That $12.2 million Lotto winner in Brier finally surfaced

The winner of the largest state Lotto jackpot in years wants to remain anonymous.

BRIER — Who’s the lucky Brier resident?

Only Washington’s Lottery officials know for sure.

And maybe some friends and neighbors.

Hint: Look for someone driving a new car.

The winner of the $12.2 million Lotto ticket, who came forward Friday, wants to remain anonymous.

Not sure how long that will last: Brier covers about 2 square miles and has about 6,300 residents.

The winner told lottery officials her car is 20 years old.

“My husband is looking to buy me a new one,” she said in a press release. “That’s the only splurge we’ll do. We’re very simple people, my husband and I always tease one another saying, ‘You’ll win one of these days.’ It finally happened!”

The Lotto ticket was sold at Brier Grocery on July 3. The family-owned market gets a 1 percent selling bonus, which is $122,000 based on the jackpot amount.

Lotto tickets are $1 for two plays of six numbers. Jackpots begin at $1 million and keep growing until all six numbers are matched. The odds of that are 1-in-6.99 million.

Drawings are held at 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The next drawing is worth $1 million, with a $500,000 cash option.

The July 3 Lotto jackpot was at its highest level in the last decade.

“I saw the Lotto jackpot was getting bigger and bigger,” the winner told lottery officials.

“Sometimes I ask my husband to buy tickets for me, if I’m unable to go out. We know the store owner, and they told my husband his luck is different from my luck. My husband said, ‘It’s better that you get it, so if you are destined to win, then it’s you and not me, I’m just going to ruin it for you.’”

The winner chose Brier Grocery for a reason. “The owners are always friendly to me and my husband. After 8 p.m. I checked my ticket. I woke my husband and said ‘Get up! You have to verify these numbers for me!’”

Sure enough, the numbers matched: 05-12-13-27-34-49.

“The next day, we went to breakfast to celebrate.”

The winner told officials they have consulted a CPA and lawyer. A car dealership is next.

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