Fil Gudmundson, from Washington State lottery, hands Cheveron owner Bob Eaton a check for $65,000.
At the Lake Stevens Chevron, an extra $65,000 will go a long way in wishing their employees a Merry Christmas.
Bob and Don Eaton, owners and operators of the Chevron on State Route 9 in Frontier Village, are sharing the wealth because an Arlington man won $6.5 million after purchasing a Lotto ticket at their store last month. The establishment that sells a winning ticket receives one percent of the Lotto jackpot and for the Eatons, it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Business has been down this year and they worried about not only providing a nice Christmas party for the staff at their five stores, but also realizing that no one was going to get a Christmas bonus this year.
“It came at a great time,” Bob Eaton said. “Christmas bonuses were going to be little to none.”
The Eatons realize the importance that their employees play in keeping their stores successful. Giving them some Christmas cheer is the right thing to do in their eyes.
“The employees are on the front lines,” Eaton said. “The true success of a business is happy employees.”
Eight of the employees at the Frontier Village store live in Lake Stevens and all of them are excited to able to share in the excitement of the big win.
“They (the Eatons) are awesome employers,” Jennifer Kelly, an employee for over two years said. “I wasn’t planning on a Christmas bonus but I’m not going to complain, that’s for sure.”
Nathan Chabot, a lifetime resident of Lake Stevens and fellow employee at the Chevron said that lottery tickets are a hot ticket item these days.
“It put Lake Stevens on the map, that’s for sure,” Chabot said. “Sales have gone through the roof since for lottery tickets.”
This is the biggest prize in this area, according to Fil Gudmundson Regional Manager for Washington State Lottery explained.
“It’s a nice chunk of change,” he said. “It’s a reward for doing a great job.”
The Eatons will also put some of the money towards sponsoring a hole at the annual Boys & Girls Club golf tournament, something they do every year. This year however, they didn’t think it would be possible.
“We’ve always been an active partner with the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club,” Don Eaton said. “Now we can continue sponsoring holes at their annual tournament.”
The Eatons also own stores in Burlington, Mt. Vernon, Everett and Monroe.