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Coupeville man wins big in lottery

August 2, 2013 · 1:40 PM

Jim Sebastian, of Coupeville, won over $400,000 this week. / Photo provided

Jim Sebastian of Coupeville won $440,000 playing Washington’s Lottery Hit 5 game.

Sebastian, 77, said he realized he won on Sunday morning around 11 a.m. when he went to Coupeville Country Store to check his ticket.

When he scanned his ticket, the scanner first read “see lottery clerk” and then revealed the winning amount.

“My heart was thumping and my legs were shaking,” Sebastian said. “I drove directly home to tell my wife.”

He and his wife claimed the prize Monday morning at Washington’s Lottery Everett Regional Office.

Sebastian said he would like to replace his old truck with a new one and his wife would like to share some of the money with their family. They have four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Jim, a retired construction worker, said he likes to play $1 on Hit 5 three times per week. He said that when the jackpot gets higher, he plays $5 instead.

“I’ve been buying tickets for a long, long time from the Coupeville Country Store,” he said. “I’ve hit $1,000 three times over the past 30 years.”

The winning ticket was also purchased at Coupeville Country Store, which will receive a $4,400 selling bonus.


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