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West Central Neighborhood leader wins lottery

A West Central Neighborhood leader says his life won’t be altered much by his recent one-in-a-million lottery win that will give him $1,000 a week for the rest of his life.

Kelly Cruz, 53, bought the $5 ticket on New Year’s Eve at Safeway on Northwest Boulevard. He went to the grocery store to buy milk and bread and Lotto tickets for his father, Henry Cruz, who stayed in the car and frequently plays the lottery. Cruz decided he, too, would get a ticket and chose a “Lucky for Life” scratch ticket because it’s a game his brother often plays.

Last year, Cruz, a carpenter, made an unsuccessful run for City Council. He lives with his father, a retired electrician, in the home his father built in 1978.

Only four of the 4,324,950 Lucky for Life scratch tickets printed came with the top prize, according to the Washington Lottery website. Cruz was offered a lump sum option of $750,000 ($688,000 after taxes), but he turned it down for the monthly payment. More here. Jonathan Brunt, SR

If you won the lottery would you take the lump sum or the monthly payments? Why?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.