A 36-year-old Kennewick resident is starting March on a high note after winning $250,000 playing Mega Millions Tuesday night. According to the winner, the prize couldn't have come at a better time.
Like many Washingtonians, Paul Clements has felt the weight of the economic downturn on his shoulders. "I was let go from Hanford in September when that big round of lay-offs happened," he said. Paul's wife is a nurse, but living on one income has been tough on this family of three.
"My wife Felecia purchased the ticket Tuesday night," said Paul. "What's funny is we typically use birthdays and anniversary dates to pick our numbers, but sometimes my wife looks at recent numbers and has a system for picking what she thinks are the best numbers. That's what she did on Tuesday and it turned out, we had a winner!"
Paul and his wife have a one-year-old daughter named Ireland and said the timing of this jackpot will be a huge help for his family. "We plan to put some of the money aside for a college fund for Ireland," he explained. "The rest will go to taxes and becoming debt free!"
The winning ticket was sold at a Sun Mart Shell convenience store located at 6006 West Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. Paul said he knew the employee who sold his wife the ticket, and is glad to hear that the store will receive a $2,500 retail selling bonus.
"She will be really happy for us," Paul said. "And it is great that the store will benefit from this big win also!"