Stephen T. of Walla Walla let the Washington Lottery’s call go to voicemail, thinking it was a scam. He was pleasantly surprised when he called back that it wasn’t.

The winner of Washington state’s final $250,000 prize in the “Shot of a Lifetime” COVID-19 vaccine lottery almost missed out on his winnings. 

Stephen T. of Walla Walla won the prize money in Washington Lottery’s latest drawing on June 29. Stephen said he got the call from a number with a 253 area code and let it go to voicemail, thinking it was a scam. Luckily, one of his colleagues encouraged him to call the number back after hearing the message and Stephen said he’s “sure glad he did.” 

“When we finished the meeting, I played the voicemail in the room and three of the guys said that has to be a scam, and…

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