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Poulsbo man picks $250,000 lottery ticket
POULSBO — In an economy that has many down on their luck, Poulsbo’s Brian Kirkwood just cashed his in. To a $250,000 ca-ching.
Kirkwood won with a Mega Millions ticket purchased at DJ Market & Deli on State Route 305, according to Washington’s Lottery. Kirkwood told the Lottery office he planned to “be fishing in style this year” with a new boat, and would also like to help pay college tuition for his three kids. Kirkwood has a son at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a daughter studying cellular molecular biology at Western Washington University, and another daughter who is a senior in high school, Washington’s Lottery reports.
Kirkwood said the first person he told about his winning was his wife, who didn’t believe him, and so he plans on taking her to Italy next year for their 25th anniversary to prove he’s telling the truth. Kirkwood is a civilian contractor for the U.S. Navy.
He’s one of many who’ve made pit stops at DJ Market to try a hand at making quick cash. Lotto tickets are “selling like hotcakes,” according to one DJ Market employee, who wished to remain anonymous. She said the shop has long been known as a hot spot — past winners’ names still hang on the walls — but recently it’s risen in popularity.
“I think there’s a little more action,” she said. “I’ve been here nine years and finally now we’re getting hot.”
As she spoke, two consecutive customers bought themselves tickets, and she joked her fingers were beginning to hurt.
According to scratch-offs maker Scientific Games, 25 of 42 states with lotteries have experienced higher sales of scratch-off and daily lottery games since July.
Nationwide, instant and daily lottery revenues have been on the rise since 2004, according to U.S. Census Bureau data.
Perhaps it’s the hope for some, as jobs are cut and bills tower, that the lottery will be the silver bullet to mounting money woes.
For Kirkwood, his win was delayed as he recently started a new job, and didn’t get around to checking his ticket for a while.
When he did scan his ticket, according to Washington’s Lottery, the machine said to see a store clerk.
He thought, “maybe I’d won $100,” he said. “It’s better than a sharp stick in the eye!”