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Spokane gardener hits lottery pay dirt

Dave Marcyes is all smiles Tuesday after winning $1.86 million at Quinto.
 (Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
Dave Marcyes is all smiles Tuesday after winning $1.86 million at Quinto. (Brian Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

David Marcyes’ winning lottery ticket will allow him to pursue one of his passions – dirt.

Marcyes, a 44-year-old Spokane hobby gardener, joked on Tuesday that he previously lacked the money to buy pricey earthworm castings for his award-winning garden at his home on a bluff north of the city. But the $1.86 million he won in the state’s Quinto game will change that.

“I’m going to bring soil to a whole other level,” Marcyes said, standing in the floral department of the north Spokane Rosauers store where he bought the winning ticket this month.

Marcyes plans to visit the Butchart Gardens near Victoria, B.C., as well as several other renowned gardens.

The winning numbers were announced on Sept. 10, but Marcyes didn’t check his tickets until cashier David Vogel urged him to last week, saying the winning ticket had not been claimed.

“He said, ‘You might want to go home and check them,’ ” Marcyes said.

Marcyes said he rushed home and began “to cry with joy” when the numbers matched.

A lottery spokeswoman said that after a federal withholding, Marcyes received a check for $1.39 million. The grocery store received an $18,600 check for selling the ticket.

Marcyes, who declined to disclose his job, said he purchases $7 worth of tickets each week – a practice he plans to continue. When he moved to Spokane seven years ago, Marcyes said, a friend told him “the only people who buy lottery tickets are the people who don’t live here, but the people who do live here know that no one ever wins.”

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