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Why it pays to do laundry

While doing laundry on Easter, a Washington sheriff's deputy found a lottery scratch ticket he'd forgotten.  Turns out it was good for the $1 million top prize.
/ Source: The Associated Press

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

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.