A Quincy man has become $75,000 richer after winning the grand prize on a Washington’s Lottery scratch ticket.
The man, only identified by Washington’s Lottery as Mario M., bought the ticket at the Short Stop, located at 223 F St SE in Quincy. He claimed the prize Sept. 17. The owners of the Short Stop were not available for comment.
He won the $75,000 playing the “Cascade of Cash” Scratch game and each ticket is $5. The $75,000 prize is the top prize for this game.
According to the Washington’s Lottery website, the “Cascade of Cash” game had a total of 2,470,300 tickets printed with overall odds of winning a prize being 1 in 3.38. As of the morning of Sept. 27, of the four $75,000 top prizes, only one remains.
Washington’s Lottery draw games such as Powerball and Mega Millions give a cash prize to the business that sells the winning ticket. That is only for draw games, though, and not scratch winners.
The reasoning is that draw games can continue to increase the jackpot with no limit until someone wins, whereas there is always a finite number of tickets and prizes available for the Scratch games and no way to use the power of a big jackpot to drive additional ticket purchases, said Dan Miller, a spokesperson for Washington’s Lottery.
Since the beginning of August, five other people have won $1,000 prizes each from tickets they bought in the Quincy area. Four of the five were scratch games.
Since the beginning of the year, 11 people, including Mario M. have won at least $1,000 in a scratch ticket prize.
In the past 20 months, two people have won big prizes prior to Mario M. In March of 2020, a Quincy man won 30,000 and in September, another man won 250,000, both with scratch tickets.