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Woman from Hunters, Wash., wins $1 million in lottery

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013, 8:30 A.M.

A woman from Hunters, Wash., a small town on Lake Roosevelt, is dreaming of building a small resort overlooking the lake after winning $1 million playing Washington’s Lottery “Casino Cash” Scratch game.

Sheryl Avery realized she won on Nov. 15, a news release from the lottery said. She stopped to get gas at the Yellow Pine Mini Mart in Kettle Falls and bought a ticket. She scratched it on her way home and said she had to pull over when she realized she’d won. She immediately called one of her three daughters who, she said initially didn’t believe her.

Avery is a National Park Service maintenance employee who bought 62 acres of land overlooking Lake Roosevelt about 17 years ago. That is the land she lives on but she also wants to build a “resort of small cabins on it.”

Avery said she is most excited about her win because of her daughters, who will be happy that she has secured her retirement.

Proceeds from Washington’s Lottery benefit scholarships for college students statewide.

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