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Stocking stuffer leads to $4.2 million Megabucks jackpot - 01/19/17

Jan. 19, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- On a whim, a Salem couple used their winnings from Scratch-it tickets they received for Christmas to buy a Megabucks ticket. Thanks to that spur of the moment purchase Susan Gasperini and Chris Erion won the $4.2 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot.

Gasperini and Erion usually only buy Oregon Lottery tickets for birthdays and holidays, and almost always Scratch-its. So after getting Scratch-its for Christmas, Gasperini took the winnings from those Scratch-Its and broke with their normal tradition; he bought an Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket for three drawings instead.

By winning the $4.2 million jackpot, Gasperini became Oregon's 258th Megabucks millionaire. The couple split the prize.

The winning numbers were 4-31-40-41-45-48 for the Wednesday, Jan. 4 drawing. Gasperini matched all six numbers with her quick pick ticket.

Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The couple purchased the ticket at the Safeway on South Commercial Street in Salem. The store will now receive a 1-percent sales bonus of $42,000 for selling the winning ticket.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Snowstorm leads to last-minute, milion-dollar win - 01/11/17

Jan. 11, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- An Oregon Coast man had one of the best snow days ever.

Like many Oregonians spending time at home during the recent winter weather, Joemel Panisa (pronounced: Joe-MEL Pa-NEE-sa) spent the time cleaning his office. But Panisa is different in one million ways -- he discovered his winning Mega Millions ticket just eight days before it was due to expire, thanks to the snow and ice storm.

Panisa told Oregon Lottery officials he placed the ticket in an envelope and put it in his office last January and forgot about it. When he came across it while cleaning, he checked the numbers online and realized it was a winner. He also said he remembered media reports about the unclaimed ticket expiring this month and knew he had to claim it as soon as possible.

Claiming his prize, Panisa's ticket became the fourth Mega Millions $1 million winner since the game was offered in Oregon in 2010.

Panisa purchased the ticket for the Friday, Jan. 15 drawing at the US Market 104, along Highway 101 in Newport on Jan. 13, 2016. He claimed the prize Jan. 9 and he had until Jan. 17 to claim the prize or it would have expired. All Mega Millions tickets are good for one year from the date of the drawing, and Panisa cut it very close.

The US Market 104 will receive a 1-percent selling bonus for selling the winning ticket, bringing in $10,000 for the store. Octavio Tamayo, manager of the store said they had enjoyed some large Scratch-It wins of $100,000 but nothing this big.

"It is surprising and very exciting," Tamayo said when he found out. "My staff is going to be wondering who bought the ticket now. Hopefully they come back in and let us know."

Tamayo said he wasn't sure what the company would do with the selling bonus, but said that they love hearing about winners so they can share with other players who come in.

Mega Millions is a game which features five white balls and one Mega Ball. It is drawn every Tuesday and Friday at 7:59 p.m. Panisa's quick pick ticket had five numbers but he missed the Mega Ball number.

All unclaimed prizes go into the state's Economic Development Fund. In fiscal year 2015, more than $5.9 million in unclaimed prizes were transferred to the fund.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Brad Smith of Portland
Brad Smith of Portland
Portland contractor hits first Keno 8-Spot of 2017 (Photo) - 01/06/17

Jan. 6, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- A Portland contractor rang in the New Year by winning the first Keno 8-Spot of 2017.

Brad Smith of Portland was having a New Year's breakfast with friends and they noticed the Keno 8-Spot bonus hadn't been hit. So the group purchased Keno tickets at the Bucket Brigade Café and Ale House in Portland before calling it a New Year.

"We thought it would be cool if we won to start the New Year," Smith said. "So I filled out the play slip and only had seven numbers instead of eight. The clerk said that she had seen a lot of 3s show up lately, so I put a 3 on the slip for the eighth number."

Like many people on New Year's Day, Smith took a nap and checked his ticket on his computer when he woke up at home.

Sure enough, Smith's numbers of 3-7-11-17-19-21-44-77 were the winning numbers. Smith won $51,714.90. He hit all 8 numbers for $25,000 and then the rolling 8-Spot bonus was $26,714.90.

"That is quite a way to wake up from a nap, and start 2017!" he said. "I really was freaking out."

Smith, who by trade hangs drywall for residential buildings, said he was going to buy himself a new SUV.

Keno is a draw game that is played every 4 minutes so there are 322 opportunities to play every day. In addition, when players select Keno 8-Spot, the jackpot bonus continues to grow until someone wins it. In 2016, Oregon Lottery Keno players won $68.8 million around the state, and the Oregon Lottery awarded more than $2.6 million in Keno 8-Spot rolling bonuses.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org


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Attached Media Files: Brad Smith of Portland
St. Patrick's Day Raffle Tickets now on Sale - 01/03/17

January 3, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- Offering over 1,800 cash prizes, ticket sales for the Oregon Lottery's ninth annual St. Patrick's Day Raffle?"? began Sunday, Jan. 1. Each St. Patrick's Day ticket costs $10.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

Special Offer -- Free Megabucks Ticket
Every Friday from 5-7 p.m. beginning Friday, Jan. 6, when someone buys a St. Patrick's Day Raffle ticket, they will receive a free $1 Megabucks ticket for the next day's Megabucks drawing. This offer will be available every Friday while there are still remaining St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets.

The Lottery will release the winning numbers at 5 a.m. St. Patrick's Day -- Friday, Mar. 17. To check the winning numbers for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle, players can go to www.oregonlottery.org or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail location.

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 138.8.

Raffle History
- The 2009 St. Patrick's Day Raffle was the Lottery's first Raffle game
- Chuck Mikes of Camas, WA was the first $1 million top prize winner
- The 2016 St. Patrick's Day Raffle is the ninth St. Patrick's Day Raffle
- The 2010 Thanksgiving Raffle doubled the number of tickets and prizes offering 500,000 tickets and two $1 million top prizes
- Since 2009, the Lottery has offered 15 Raffle games: St. Patrick's Day Raffle (9), Thanksgiving Raffle (4), 4th of July Raffle (2), and Halloween Raffle (2)

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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Clackamas County lottery players win more than $10.8 million in prizes in 2016 - 12/29/16

December 29, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Shane Anderson's wife still isn't sure if he really won $11,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-It. The couple from Milwaukie said they were going to take a trip to the coast when they won in March. They were just one of 3,710 Clackamas County residents who won prizes of more than $600 during 2016.

Clackamas County was the second-highest winning county in the state, with players taking home more than $10.8 million in wins of $600 or more. The Andersons purchased one of 29 winning Scratch-Its which were claimed by people living in Clackamas County. Those players took home more than $2.4 million.

"In most counties Video Lottery winners take home the most money, with Keno being second," said Patrick Johnson, Winner and Promotion Specialist with the Oregon Lottery. "However, Clackamas County had a very good year when it comes to Scratch-Its."

There were also many winners of prizes less than $600 that were paid out at Oregon Lottery retail locations throughout Washington County. Those wins make an economic impact for Oregon Lottery retailers, providing sales and foot traffic for their business. In addition, retailers receive a 1-percent selling bonus up to $100,000 on winning tickets of $10,000 or greater that they sell.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales fund education, economic development, parks and watershed projects. During the state budget biennium from 2013 to 2015 Oregon Lottery proceeds helped to support more than $36.2 million in projects and programs throughout Clackamas County. This included more than $3 million for economic development projects in the county.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Douglas County lottery players win more than $10.4 million in prizes in 2016 - 12/29/16

December 29, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Eric Tackett of Sutherlin helped to make Douglas County a very lucky county in 2016.

Tackett, a truck driver from Sutherlin, won $9.4 million playing Oregon's Game Megabucks in September, and joined 389 other players in Douglas County who won more than $600 in 2016. While Tackett's win dominated the winning total, 253 Video Lottery players won more than $570,000 during the year.

"Douglas County is ninth in population in the state and third in the amount of prizes awarded in 2016," said Oregon Lottery Winner and Promotions Specialist Patrick Johnson. "Looks like fortune was favoring Douglas County this year!"

There were also many winners of prizes less than $600 that were paid out at Oregon Lottery retail locations throughout Washington County. Those wins make an economic impact for Oregon Lottery retailers, providing sales and foot traffic for their business. In addition, retailers receive a 1-percent selling bonus up to $100,000 on winning tickets of $10,000 or greater that they sell.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales fund education, economic development, parks and watershed projects. During the state budget biennium from 2013 to 2015 Oregon Lottery proceeds helped to support more than $18 million in projects and programs throughout Douglas County. This included more than $8.8 million for the school districts in the county.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Marion County lottery players win more than $9.9 million in prizes in 2016 - 12/29/16

December 29, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Angel Perez of Salem enjoys an ice cold beer and playing Oregon Lottery's Keno 6-Spot. Perez, from Salem, said he likes playing the Keno 6-Spot because he feels it's just the right amount of numbers, and he was right too, because he won $7,500 right before the holidays.

Perez is one of 2,453 people who won prizes of more than $600 in Marion County during 2016. Oregon Lottery players in Marion County won $9,912,913 in prizes more than $600. Perez was also one of 362 players who won substantial Keno prizes in the county.

"We love it when our players win big and Marion County had a number of big winners in 2016," said Oregon Lottery Winner and Promotion Specialist, Patrick Johnson.

There were also many winners of prizes less than $600 that were paid out at Oregon Lottery retail locations throughout Washington County. Those wins make an economic impact for Oregon Lottery retailers, providing sales and foot traffic for their business. In addition, retailers receive a 1-percent selling bonus up to $100,000 on winning tickets of $10,000 or greater that they sell.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales fund education, economic development, parks and watershed projects. During the state budget biennium from 2013 to 2015 Oregon Lottery proceeds helped to support more than $48.3 million in projects and programs throughout Marion County. This included $2.2 million in park projects around the county.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Multnomah County lottery players win more than $15.2 million in prizes in 2016 - 12/29/16

December 29, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- Joe Watson of Portland was the first player living in Multnomah County to win $1 million in 2016. It didn't take much time for 5,968 other Multnomah County residents to win $600 or more playing Oregon Lottery games in 2016.

Multnomah County had the most winners in the state, with players taking home more than $15,215,323 in wins of $600 or more. Video Lottery players won more than $10 million in prizes, while Keno players won more than $2.4 million in prizes.

"Since Multnomah County is the most populous state in Oregon, it would make sense they would have the most winners and the highest prize amounts," said Oregon Lottery Winner and Promotion Specialist, Patrick Johnson.

Watson was one of 15 Powerball players in Multnomah County to win more than $600 in 2016. For all of Oregon, 60 players won $3,933,345 playing Powerball.

There were also many winners of prizes less than $600 that were paid out at Oregon Lottery retail locations throughout Washington County. Those wins make an economic impact for Oregon Lottery retailers, providing sales and foot traffic for their business. In addition, retailers receive a 1-percent selling bonus up to $100,000 on winning tickets of $10,000 or greater that they sell.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales fund education, economic development, parks and watershed projects. During the state budget biennium from 2013 to 2015 Oregon Lottery proceeds helped to support more than $70.2 million in projects and programs throughout Multnomah County. This included $48.5 million for the eight school districts in the county.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Washington County lottery players win more than $9.2 million in prizes in 2016 - 12/29/16

December 29, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- After taking a break from working in the yard, Patrick Calvin of Hillsboro bought an Oregon Lottery Scratch-It because it was green.,. Turns out, that green Scratch-It was worth $50,000, making him one of 3,660 people in Washington County who won Oregon Lottery prizes of more than $600.

Scratch-It players in Washington County won more than $600,000 of prizes valued at more than $600. In all, $9,223,552 was claimed by Washington County players across all of the Oregon Lottery games over the course of 2016.

"We had some very fun winners from Washington County this year," said Oregon Lottery Winner and Promotion Specialist Pat Johnson. "The Calvins mentioned that their yard was going to get even better with their big win."

There were also many winners of prizes less than $600 that were paid out at Oregon Lottery retail locations throughout Washington County. Those wins make an economic impact for Oregon Lottery retailers, providing sales and foot traffic for their business. In addition, retailers receive a 1-percent selling bonus up to $100,000 on winning tickets of $10,000 or greater that they sell.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales fund education, economic development, parks, and watershed projects. During the state budget biennium from 2013 to 2015 Oregon Lottery proceeds helped to support more than $54.8 million in projects and programs throughout Washington County. This included $45 million for the seven school districts in the county.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org