updated 4/20/2006 5:18:25 PM ET 2006-04-20T21:18:25

Klickitat County sheriff's Deputy Ed L. Gunnyon found a lot more than the standard Easter egg.

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While doing laundry on Sunday, the 38-year-old married father of four came across a $20 Millionaire scratch ticket he had forgotten buying and discovered he had won the $1 million top prize, good for $37,500 annually over the next 20 years after deductions for taxes.

"The bunny was good to us this year," Gunnyon said Tuesday, revealing his good fortune at a news conference in Yakima.

State lottery officials said Gunnyon is the first $1 million winner in the scratch ticket game. Four more are expected.

Gunnyon said he and his wife plan to get a new car and save some of the money as a nest egg for retirement and their children's college education.

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