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Spokane couple win $240,000 in lottery

Tue., Feb. 17, 2009, 9:45 p.m.

A Spokane couple won $240,000 in the Washington lottery Tuesday.

Lester Johnson bought a ticket for the game Hit 5 at the J.B’s Foods, 5503 N. Alberta St., where a clerk scanned his winning ticket Tuesday.

“I thought it had to be a mistake,” he said in a news release from Washington’s Lottery. “It’s hard to accept.”

Johnson and his wife, Carol, are retired teachers, and their son, Eric, is a middle school teacher.

The three visited the lottery office in Spokane to claim their prize. They haven’t decided what to do with the money.

“They say they are going to let the shock wear off first,” the news release said.

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