Sunnyside construction worker wins $2.7M in Lotto jackpot

Sunnyside man wins lottery

SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — A construction worker from the Yakima Valley hit the jackpot, winning $2.7 million.

The Washington man won the May 1 drawing.

The Washington Lottery office says the man scanned the winning ticket at a Sunnyside Safeway the next day, and almost threw away the winning ticket because he didn’t read the screen carefully.

“When you win a few bucks, the machine displays a message that asks if you want to reinvest your winnings and buy a new ticket, and when you do, you click ‘OK’ on the screen,” said the 25-year resident of the area. “So, I just clicked ‘OK’ and almost tossed the ticket in the trash…but then I thought that the screen had looked a little different, so I scanned it again and it said ‘Woo hoo!’ and told me to contact a Lottery office.”

The man called his wife after leaving the Safeway and told her that they had won at least $600. All Lottery prizes that are more than $600 have to be claimed at a Washington Lottery office.

On Sunday night, the man and his wife found out they had won the big prize, $2.7 million.

“This certainly will make our retirement years quite a bit easier,” added the winner. “Thank goodness I did that double-take and scanned the ticket again.”

The winner picked up his prize on Wednesday at the Yakima Regional office of Washington’s Lottery.

The winning ticket was sold at the Safeway store located at 613 S 6th St in Sunnyside.