Bellevue resident Ryan Inman recently won a Starcraft Pontoon EX 23 R. Courtesy photo

Bellevue man wins new boat from Washington’s lottery

  • Friday, March 10, 2017 1:57pm
  • News

After selling his family’s six-person boat a year ago, Bellevue resident and boat lover Ryan Inman attended the Seattle Boat Show on Jan. 28 in search of a new, bigger boat that would allow him to entertain his extended family.

While at the boat show, Inman bought $10 in Scratch tickets and received one entry for Washington’s Lottery’s drawing to win a Starcraft Pontoon EX 23 R. Inman went home, scratched his tickets and was thrilled to see he won $20.

“The drawing was the farthest thing from my mind after we got home,” Inman said in a press release from Washington’s Lottery.

Inman later got a call notifying him that his only entry into the drawing ended up being the big winner. When Inman found out he won the boat, he called his friends, family and coworkers to share the good news. He told Lottery officials he’s always liked pontoon boats and had been keeping his eye out for “a killer deal” on one.

“This is such a useful boat to have because we’re always having relatives visit from out of town, so it will be perfect for entertaining,” Inman said.

He told his family to dress warm so they can get the boat on the water and start having fun now, but he has even bigger plans for his boat once summer rolls around.

“We’re getting tubes, wake boards and a barbecue,” he said.

Proceeds from Washington’s Lottery benefit the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account, providing grants to college students statewide. For information, visit

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