About the Washington Lottery
The Washington Lottery has been around since legislation was signed on July 16, 1982, after more than nine years of debate. The main issue was that a recession had left the state fairly poor and there were arguments as to whether the WA Lottery proceeds should go to all areas of the state or only to education.
The Washington Lottery is not to be confused with the lottery available in the District of Columbia or with George Washington's 1769 lottery, which included slaves as prizes.
Advertising has always been a large part of US lotteries. The last time ad expenditure was recorded, way back in 1996, North American lotteries had spent $400 million on commercials in the last year. Many lotteries put plenty of effort into their advertising, but few are quite as imaginative as the WA lottery. Washington lottery TV commercials have included jousting on a segway, taking flightless birds hang gliding and using a robot to throw frisbees for a dog! Campaigns have used slogans such as 'who's world would you change' and music from indie band Grizzly Bear to encourage players to buy WA lottery tickets.
Not that any more encouragement to play should be needed. WA lottery has a history of big wins with many players taking home millions of dollars in jackpot prizes. WA lottery players experienced a particularly profitable year in 2008, with some of the lotto's biggest jackpots being won that year. The first of these was worth $9.7 million and came on July 26, 2008 from the Everett region of Washington. Another came on December 10 when $8.9 million was also won by a player from the Everett region.
However, these wins pale in comparison to the $93 million Mega Millions jackpot that went to Richard Warren from Hoquiam on November 8, 2002. This win came after Warren bought his winning ticket from Swanson's Food store in Hoquiam and was going to be used to buy a home for Warren and his wife to spend their retirement at.
These wins, as well as many other big Washington jackpots have all come from the lottery's multi-state games, WA Powerball and Mega Millions. Powerball drawings take place at 10.59 p.m. (EST) every Saturday and Wednesday while Mega Millions drawings occur on Friday and Tuesday each week. But it's not just Washington Mega Millions and Powerball available in the state, WA lottery players can also choose to play WA Lotto, Daily, Hit 5, Keno and Match 4.
Of these single state games, the Washington Lotto is the most popular with jackpots regularly reaching many millions of dollars. In fact, since the WA Lotto was created in July 1984, more than $1 billion has been paid out to winning number holders. A significant chunk of this came from a huge $32 million jackpot win on October 25, 2000, which was shared by three players.