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Spokane couple has won 2 lottery prizes since 2010 with tickets from same store

Buying lottery tickets at the local Safeway is part of their daily routine.
Credit: Washington Lottery

SPOKANE, Wash. — Buying lottery tickets is a part of Henry and Gloria Dohler’s daily routine and it paid off. In addition to reading the morning paper and drinking a cup of coffee, Henry Dohler buys a few lottery tickets at his local grocery store.

The couple won $100,000 recently after previously winning $20,000 in 2010 from tickets purchased at a Spokane Safeway.  

In a press release from the Washington Lottery, Henry Dohler said the winning ticket was a free ticket that was a prize from a previous ticket he purchased. Dohler almost forgot about the free prize then checked the numbers in the paper.

“It’s like the saying goes, sometimes the best things in life are free. I had to check the ticket three times to make sure that I won,” Dohler said. “I just couldn’t believe it. I actually felt myself getting flushed like my temperature was rising… but for a good reason.”

Dohler is a retiree from Western States Equipment, where he sold Caterpillar equipment parts for 46 years. He said that instead of buying his dream car, a 1963 Corvette Split-Window, the couple is going to use the money to visit their family on the East Coast for a few weeks.

The winning ticket was a part of the Hit Five daily drawing game. The $20,000 winning ticker from 2010 was a Scratch ticket.

According to the press release from the Washington Lottery, the lottery has generated more than $4.5 billion to support educational programs across the state since 1982.