June 16, 2005 in City

Seattle banker wins $9.3 million jackpot

Associated Press

OLYMPIA – A Seattle investment banker who wants to keep working in spite of his good fortune has cashed in the winning $9.3 million Lotto jackpot ticket for Saturday night’s drawing.

The prize was the largest jackpot since Washington’s Lottery switched from Lotto Plus back to classic Lotto in October of 2003.

Peter Kerr, who works for UBS Financial Services Inc., of Seattle, selected the cash option for his winnings, providing him with half the jackpot amount, $4.65 million. His wife, Cynthia Wells, was at his side at the Lottery’s Seattle office Tuesday. Kerr said he discovered he was a big winner when he checked the winning numbers Sunday.

“I checked the numbers and they matched the last line on the $5 ticket,” he said. “I looked back at the numbers and I’m sure my eyes were bugging out.”

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