PORT ORCHARD — Some person in Port Orchard is about to gain 14,000 new best friends in the coming days. And that’s because this unidentified individual is the apparent winner of $4.6 million in the Washington state lottery.
Washington’s Lottery officials confirmed Tuesday (Dec. 26) that a Port Orchard resident has won the Lotto prize — a late Christmas present, for sure — after hitting all four winning numbers at the Dec. 23 drawing. The numbers are 5, 6, 9, 12, 27 and 38. Just where the winning Lotto ticket was sold won’t be announced until the winner claims the prize, said Ann Marie Ricard of Washington’s Lottery in Olympia. While we’ll almost certainly know the winner’s identity within days, that person actually has until June 21 to claim the prize. Facebook’s Port Orchard page is abuzz over the win, however, and some posters report that the winning ticket holder is an Albertson’s employee at the Sedgwick Road location.
Ricard said anyone winning more than $600 must go to one of the agency’s regional offices or mail in the ticket (which they don’t recommend) to claim their bounty.
The winner won’t get the entire $4.6 million, as most lottery winners realize. The state first gets 50 percent of the winning amount, which it recognizes as earned income.