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We now know who won the $755M Powerball jackpot in Washington state

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Auburn just might just be the luckiest city in Washington state.

The lottery math was a little unique to Becky Bell. The longtime Boeing employee had seen the final 747 be produced locally, shortly before seeing a sign for the Powerball Lottery at her local grocery store. That sign stated "$747 million." And that added up to taking a chance.

Bell usually played $20 each week on a few lottery games. One more ticket wouldn't hurt, after all.

Bell purchased that lottery ticket at the Auburn Fred Meyer on Feb. 5. She didn't win the amount on the sign, however. The very next day, she ended up winning $754,550,826.

It's the fifth largest jackpot in Powerball history, the second time a Powerball jackpot has been won in Washington, and the second time in Auburn. In fact, an Auburn woman won $90 million in 2014. That woman's husband was a Boeing employee who worked in the same building as Bell.

The winning numbers were 05, 11, 22, 23, 69 and a Powerball of 07. On the same winning ticket, Bell had a second set of numbers — which won $8.

“I was working virtually the next day and getting ready for my 6:20 a.m. meeting, and I scrolled over the news widget, and it popped up and I saw a story about the winning ticket being sold in Auburn and thought, ‘That could be me,’” Bell recalled. “After my meeting, I scanned my first ticket and it wasn’t a winner. Then I scanned the second ticket and it said, ‘Winning ticket. Claim at Lottery Office.’ So, I knew I had won at least $600, which was pretty exciting.”

Bell says she has never won more than $20, so she woke up her son, then her daughter, and then called close family members to make sure the numbers were correct and she wasn't overreacting — five checks in all.

Bell has worked as a supply chain analyst at Boeing for 36 years. She was already planning to retire in June. The big win will speed up that timeline a little.

The Fred Meyer in Auburn received a $50,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. The store announced in February that it was donating that money to the local food bank. That paid for roughly 66,000 meals. Parent company Kroger also gave a $10,000 bonus to store employees.

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