Pasco - The winner of the state's third largest Lotto jackpot already knows how she'll be spending her money.
Deborah Harden of Pasco, a mother of two, grandmother of three and a buyer for Grigg's Department Store, won $9.6 million in Washington’s Lottery Lotto. She claimed the money today in Yakima.
“We are going to help our kids with their mortgages, set up college funds for our grandkids; most of it will go to our retirement, but we are planning to take the whole family to Disneyland,” she said.
Harden said she was in complete shock when she found out.
“I had to call my husband to have him look at the numbers because I thought I was just seeing things,” she recalled. “He was in as much shock as I was, and all we could say for a while was, ‘Wow!’”
This wasn’t Harden’s first win though.
“I usually play when the jackpot goes above $5 million,” she said. “I matched five out of six numbers with a Lotto ticket before and won $1,000, so I couldn’t believe my luck this time.”
Harden and her husband James, a mental health therapist, plan to continue working.
When asked where she kept her ticket until she could claim her winnings, Harden said, “It was hidden really well; I’m not going to say where in case I win again someday!”
She bought the winning ticket at the Pasco Chevron on 3720 W. Court St.
The Pasco Chevron received a $96,000 retail selling bonus last week. The store owner said he would use the money to reinvest in the business.