Puyallup man wins $1 million from lottery

Robert Warner.
Robert Warner.

Puyallup - A Puyallup man has scratched his way to $1 million.

Robert Warner bought two $20 Hot Millions scratch tickets at the Puyallup Food Center last week and went home, according to the Washington State Lottery. When he got around to scratching the first of his tickets he saw a flame icon, indicating the ticket was a winner.

“I thought it was a $20 winner,” Warner said. “Then I scratched under the flame and it said $1,000,000!”

He rushed to a convenience store near his house to check the ticket. When he got there, he asked the clerk, “I think I won $1,000,000, can you check my ticket?”

The clerk smiled and told Warner, “You won.”

“I didn’t think it was real,” Warner said.

He said he told his parents and his wife soon after he found out.

“My parents were excited, my mom was crying,” Warner said. “My wife was in shock, she couldn’t believe it.”

Warner is part owner of a trucking company and has lived in Puyallup his whole life.

What is he going to do with his winnings?

He said he’s going to buy something he’s wanted for a long time: “a new truck, something with four doors.”

Aside from a new truck, Warner said he thinks he’ll probably take a trip with his wife and invest the rest of his winnings.