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Lottery Wilsonville Payment Center Closed Monday, Aug. 21 - 08/18/17

The Oregon Lottery Wilsonville Payment Center will be closed Monday, Aug. 21 due to the anticipated influx of people in the area for the day's solar eclipse. The payment center will reopen Tuesday, Aug. 22 for regular business hours of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Lottery's main office in Salem will be open as usual from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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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Forest Grove Mini Mart Owner to "Pay it Forward" with $10,000 Powerball selling bonus - 08/17/17

Mini Mart owner Jimmi Musselwhite plans to give bonuses to his employees and write a check for a local homeless shelter

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials, Forest Grove Mini Mart representatives

WHEN: 10 a.m., Friday, August 18, 2017

WHERE: Mini Mart, 2705 Pacific Avenue, Forest Grove, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $10,000 selling bonus check to representatives of Mini Mart for selling a $1 million Powerball ticket August 9. Lottery officials will also be handing out Powerball free plays at the event.

BACKGROUND: Teresa Avalos Gomez of Forest Grove purchased a ticket at the Forest Grove Mini Mart and returned the next day to check the ticket. She realized she won $1 million. Jimmie Musselwhite, who owns the Mini Mart where Avalos Gomez purchased her ticket, said he was happy to learn he had sold a $1 million ticket. "I am sure we are going to sell a bunch of Powerball tickets tomorrow," he said. "Selling a million dollar ticket, and having the jackpot still be so high, I think people will come here to get their tickets."
Musselwhite has owned the convenience store for 14 years with his wife Sherri, and said that his daughter was the clerk who sold the winning ticket. The store, located at 2705 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove, will receive a $10,000 selling bonus for selling the ticket. Musselwhite said he was going to use the money for bonuses to his staff and will give some to a local homeless shelter.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to representatives of Mini Mart and will also distribute a limited amount of Powerball free-play tickets to patrons of the store. Teresa Avalos Gomez has been invited to the event, however she will not be attending.

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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Nursery manager sows new type of green -- $1 million Powerball win! - 08/11/17

Aug. 11, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- A Forest Grove nursery manager won a $1 million Powerball prize after her ticket was one number away from winning the more than $300 million jackpot.

Teresa Avalos Gomez claimed her prize Friday morning after returning to the Mini Mart where she purchased the ticket, to check it.

"I scanned it and it said to talk to the clerk," she said through an interpreter. "When I checked it with the clerk, it said I needed to go to Salem. We were both shocked and excited!"

Avalos Gomez took the ticket home and checked the numbers online several times with her family on the Oregon Lottery's website before she would believe her ticket was not worth $100, but $1 million.

"I was pretty sure it was only $100," she said. "Now I can pay off my mortgage. I am still wrapping my head around winning that much money."

Wednesday night's winning numbers were 12-30-36-47-62 with a Powerball of 9. Avalos Gomez's quick pick Powerball ticket missed the Powerball number.

Jimmie Musselwhite, who owns the Mini Mart where Avalos Gomez purchased her ticket, said he was happy to learn he had sold a $1 million ticket.

"I am sure we are going to sell a bunch of Powerball tickets tomorrow," he said. "Selling a million dollar ticket, and having the jackpot still be so high, I think people will come here to get their tickets."

Musselwhite has owned the convenience store for 14 years with his wife Sherri, and said that his daughter was the clerk who sold the winning ticket. The store, located at 2705 Pacific Avenue in Forest Grove, will receive a $10,000 selling bonus for selling the ticket. Musselwhite said he was going to use the money for bonuses to his staff and will give some to a local homeless shelter.

Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot continues to grow. The estimated jackpot for Saturday night's drawing is $356 million.

Altogether, 14,283 Powerball players won more than $1,064,000 in Oregon after Wednesday night's drawing. Prizes ranged from the $1 million ticket to $4 winning tickets.

The top Powerball prize ever won by an Oregonian was $340 million.

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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Did you win $1 million? - 08/11/17

Aug. 10, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- If you purchased a Powerball ticket in Forest Grove, you may want to check your ticket. You might be the $1 million winner.

Wednesday night's winning numbers were 12-30-36-47-62 with a Powerball of 9. The PowerPlay multiplier was 4.

As Oregon Lottery jackpots for Powerball, Mega Millions and Oregon's Game Megabucks continue to grow, players are seeing more and more prizes across the state. The top prize so far is a $1 million Powerball ticket--and the Powerball jackpot continues to grow. The estimated jackpot for Saturday night's drawing is $356 million.

Altogether, 14,283 Powerball players won more than $1,064,000 in Oregon after Wednesday night's drawing. Prizes ranged from the $1 million ticket -- where the player hit five numbers but missed the Powerball -- to $4 winning tickets.

The last $1 million Powerball winner in Oregon was Steven Dery of Coquille in July 2106. The top Powerball prize ever won by an Oregonian was $340 million.

Oregonians have multiple opportunities to win this week. Wednesday night 8,400 people won more than $52,700 playing Oregon's Game Megabucks. The Megabuck's jackpot continues to climb. The estimated jackpot for Saturday's drawing is $5.8 million.

Meanwhile, the Mega Millions jackpot also continues to rise, reaching $393 million for Friday's drawing!

"With three jackpots continuing to grow, it's a great time to purchase a Jackpot Trio ticket, which gives you numbers for Oregon's Game Megabucks, Powerball and Mega Millions," said Patrick Johnson, Lottery spokesman. "If you purchased a Powerball ticket this week in Forest Grove, check that 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

Oregon jackpots build as temperatures rise - 08/01/17

Aug. 1, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- Oregon Lottery's draw game jackpots are rising as fast as the summertime temperatures.

It's the perfect time to ask for the Oregon Lottery's $7 Jackpot Trio when purchasing tickets. With the trio you get all three draw games, Oregon's Game Megabucks, Powerball and Mega Millions with the multiplier options.

Oregon's Game Megabucks has grown to $5.4 million for Wednesday's drawing. This year, players have won jackpots playing the local draw game four times, each time winning between $4.2 million and $7 million.

"In my experience the jackpot normally gets hit when it reaches between $4 million and $7 million," said Patrick Johnson, Lottery spokesman. "With the multi-state draw games having such a high jackpot, don't forget that Oregon's Game Megabucks is a local game and I don't know anyone who would turn down winning more than $5 million."

Also growing this week is the multi-state draw game Powerball, where the jackpot will be at $261 million on Wednesday. More than a dozen Oregonians have won $50,000 or more so far in 2017, with nearly half of them winning $100,000, Johnson said. The last Oregonian to win a $1 million Powerball prize was Steven Dery of Coquille, when he won in July 2016.

Meanwhile, the Mega Millions jackpot also continues to rise, reaching $303 million for Tuesday's drawing. The last Oregonian to win $1 million on the Mega Millions game was Joemel Panisa from Logsden, who discovered his ticket while cleaning his office during an ice storm last January. While Oregon Lottery officials are still waiting for the state's first Mega Millions jackpot winner, Oregon Mega Millions players have won more than $8.8 million in prizes of more than $10,000 since the game has been offered.

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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