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$7.3 million Megabucks ticket was a lucky mistake - 06/22/18

June 22, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – The $7.3 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks winning ticket started out as a lucky mistake.
When Charles Svitak (pronounced ‘Swee-Tok’) of Central Point noticed the Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot was more than $7 million, he went to his local 7-Eleven to pick up a ticket. When he went to buy the ticket, the clerk told him that there were two mistake tickets that had already been printed, and offered him the chance to purchase them. Svitak opted to buy one of the two tickets.
Svitak said he went out to his vehicle, thought about it, then went back in and purchased the other mistake ticket – a decision that turned out to be worth $7.3 million.
“When I checked the ticket on my computer I couldn’t believe it,” Svitak, who works a graveyard shift in Medford, said. “The first thing I thought is that I had worked my last graveyard shift. It was a very good day.”
Svitak immediately traveled to Salem to claim his prize – without telling his wife.
“On the way home I got a new truck and put the oversized check they gave me on the windshield,” he said. “Then I took her out to show her truck and she realized I won the lottery. She hasn’t stopped giggling since.”
Svitak took the lump sum option and was given a check for $3.65 million for his prize. The couple said they are talking to a financial planner and said they planned on traveling and purchasing a couple of new vehicles with the winnings.
The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven on Front Street in Central Point on Saturday, June 16 -- the day of the draw. Svitak became the 284th Oregon’s Game Megabucks millionaire since Nov. 20, 1985, when the game first launched. William Breese of Portand was the last Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot winner, $8.9 million, in March.
During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $34 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Jackson County, where Svitak lives.
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. In the event of winning a jackpot, players 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 buy a Powerball ticket in Salem? You may have won $150 million - 06/21/18

June 21, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – An Oregon Lottery player matched all numbers drawn in Wednesday night’s $150.4 million Powerball® jackpot. The winning ticket was sold in Salem. The specific store location is not available for release until after the ticket has been redeemed and validated at Lottery headquarters in Salem.

Winning numbers for draw date (June 20, 2018): 4 -14 - 23 - 27 - 56 and the power ball was 13

The Power Play multiplier was 2

The winning Salem ticket was the only ticket sold to have the all the winning numbers. More than 6,800 winning tickets, with smaller prizes, were sold in Oregon during the June 20 draw.

A winner has one year from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. Oregon Lottery office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Players have two jackpot prize payment options when claiming their Powerball tickets. One option is the “annuity” plan, under which Powerball jackpots provide the winner(s) with 30 annual payments.  Under the “cash” option, the winners(s) receives a one-time lump sum payment equal to approximately one-half the final jackpot. If the winner opts to take the lump sum, they can take home nearly $61.7 million after taxes. If the winner opts for the annuity option they will receive 30 graduated payments over 29 years. Federal withholding is 24 percent and state withholding is 8 percent.

Powerball is a multi-state jackpot operated by 44 states plus the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. By pooling a portion of each lottery’s Powerball sales, this game is able to offer players jackpots of far greater value than any lottery could offer alone.

This is the fifth time a ticket sold in Oregon has had all the winning numbers. Previous winners include Dan Gannon of Milwaukie who won $182.7 million in 2006; The West and Chaney families of Medford who won $340 million; Robin Powell of Beaverton who won $33.8 million in 1999; and the Givens family of Eugene who won $38.4 million in 1992.

It is also the fifth time the Powerball jackpot has been won this year nationwide.

In Oregon, the winner’s name, city, city of retailer, date of win, prize and game played are considered public information and will be released.

For additional information about the Powerball jackpot, please contact the Oregon Lottery Public Affairs the next business day at 503-540-1015.

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. In the event of winning a jackpot, players 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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Oregon Lottery Player Holds a Winning Ticket for Tonight's Powerball(R) Jackpot - 06/20/18

SALEM - An Oregon Lottery player matched all numbers drawn in tonight’s $150.4 million Powerball® jackpot. The city in which Oregon’s winning Powerball jackpot ticket was sold will not be available until tomorrow. The specific store location is not available for release until after the ticket has been redeemed and validated at Lottery headquarters in Salem.

 

Winning numbers for draw date (June 20, 2018):

4 -14 - 23 - 27 - 56 and the power ball was 13

The Power Play multipliers was 2

 

A winner has one year from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. Oregon Lottery office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

 

It is unknown at this time whether other jackpot-winning tickets were sold in any of the 47 other jurisdictions that offer Powerball. Powerball jackpot prizes are pari-mutuel; if there is more than one winning jackpot ticket, the final jackpot amount is divided equally between all jackpot winning tickets.

 

Players have two jackpot prize payment options when claiming their Powerball tickets. One option is the “annuity” plan, under which Powerball jackpots provide the winner(s) with 30 annual payments.  Under the “cash” option, the winners(s) receives a one-time lump sum payment equal to approximately one-half the final jackpot.

 

Powerball is a multi-state jackpot operated by 44 states plus the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. By pooling a portion of each lottery’s Powerball sales, this game is able to offer players jackpots of far greater value than any lottery could offer alone.

 

For additional information about the Powerball jackpot, please contact the Oregon Lottery Public Affairs the next business day at 503-540-1015.

 

Oregon Lottery Receives National Financial Reporting Award - 06/13/18

June 13, 2018 - Salem, Oregon – For the 10th consecutive year, the Oregon Lottery has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The award is presented each year by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The Oregon Lottery received the award for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets April 25, 1985, it has earned over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements.

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Oregon Lottery sponsors free events for State Parks Day - 06/01/18

June 1, 2018 - Salem, Ore. The Oregon Lottery is partnering with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to help highlight State Parks Day June 2.

On Saturday, June 2 there is free day-use parking and free overnight camping in Oregon’s state parks. As part of State Parks Day, the Lottery gave away state parks passes through their social media and digital channels during the month of May.

On State Parks Day, the Lottery will be sponsoring events at Milo McIver State Park, Cove Palisades State Park and Wallowa Lake State Park.

At Milo McIver State Park, near Estacada, the non-profit group Adventures Without Limits is offering an adaptive kayak tour for people with limited mobility.

You can register for this event at www.awloutdoors.org/oregon-state-parks-day-milo-mciver 

At Cove Palisades State Park, near Culver and Madras in central Oregon, the Lottery will sponsor a family safety fair. Other events at the park that day will include a pancake breakfast and pictures with Smokey Bear and JR Beaver.

And in northeast Oregon, the Lottery will sponsor two concerts happening at Wallowa Lake State Park in the lake amphitheater on the evening of Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2.

Since 1999, the Oregon Lottery has provided more than $685 million in proceeds to help maintain Oregon’s state parks. This includes funding the purchase of new park land and dollars to keep state parks open year-round.

For the complete list of State Parks activities, go to oregonstateparks.org.

The Lottery has earned over $11 billion for watershed enhancements, public education, state parks and economic development. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Bought and won in Vernonia - 05/31/18

May 31, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – It’s normal for an Oregon Lottery retailer from Vernonia to sell a customer from Vernonia a ticket. What’s not normal is when that ticket is worth $100,000.

Ashley Smith, 24, who lives in Vernonia with her boyfriend, heard from a friend at work about how they had won a $200 Oregon Lottery prize. Later that evening, while Smith was picking up groceries at the R&S Market, she saw Oregon Lottery Scratch-its and decided to pick one up. And $100,000 later, she’s glad she did.

“The only time I really play is during the holidays when I get Scratch-its as gifts,” Smith said. “I never buy these and then I win $100,000. I mean, I bought it in this small town here, my goodness.”

Part of her winnings will be used for her wedding, she said. But she wasn’t going to spend too much money on the nuptials, opting to “be smart” with most of the prize.

“It’s life-changing money for me,” she said. “The first thing I did was pay off my student loans. We are going to invest the rest. It will give us a nice cushion.”

Officials with the R&S Market said they were very happy a local won the big prize.

“We are very excited for the person who won,” said Randy and Sharon Parrow, owners of the R&S Market. “We are happy it was a person from Vernonia. We always thank everyone who shops at the R&S Market.”

In the last few years, the market also sold a $20,000 winning Scratch-it in 2016.

Smith said she was still in shock about the win, and that she and her soon-to-be husband would like to also try to use the win for some travel.

“We haven’t really travelled anywhere,” she said. “We are exploring and seeing the best deals to go somewhere out of the country.”

During the 2015-17 biennium in Columbia County, where Smith lives and purchased the ticket, more than $10 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

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. In the event of winning a jackpot, players 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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Mike Davis of Salem, won $30,000 playing MegaMillions.
Mike Davis of Salem, won $30,000 playing MegaMillions.
Retired Lottery employee wins $30,000 Mega Millions prize (Photo) - 05/30/18

May 30, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – When Mike Davis, a retailer trainer at the Oregon Lottery, helped train the owners of Geppetto’s, little did he know that he would win $30,000, playing at the Salem Italian restaurant after he retired.

“I retired March 1, and since I couldn’t play as a Lottery employee, I pick up a month’s worth of the big jackpot tickets and I always get them from Geppetto’s,” Davis said. “I always gave advice to people when I told them you can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket.”

Davis won $30,000 playing Mega Millions. He had four numbers plus the Megaball, for a $10,000 prize. Because Davis also purchased the $1 Megaplier option that multiplies certain prizes, when the Megaplier drawn was 3, his prize became $30,000. He was one number away from winning the $60 million jackpot.

Davis worked for the Lottery for 21 years and trained many of the more than 3,800 Lottery retailers in the state.

Mega Millions is one of two multi-state lottery games the Oregon Lottery offers. Jackpots start at $40 million

“I trained the folks at Geppetto’s years ago and really liked them,” Davis said. “So after retirement I buy my tickets there so they would get the retailer bonus if I win.”

Retailers receive a 1-percent sales bonus for prizes more than $10,000. Geppetto’s they will receive $300 for Davis’ win.

Davis said he had plans for his winnings. He and his wife were taking four trips this year, and he was going to use the money for them. He also has been wanting to buy a Harley Davidson from one of his former co-workers.
“My wife says she wanted me retired and alive and wants to keep me that way, so I probably won’t get the Harley,” he said. “It definitely gives us a cushion for the things we are doing in retirement. It was unexpected and nice.”

This is believed to be the biggest single prize a former Oregon Lottery employee has ever won. Much like employees at lotteries around the country, current Oregon Lottery employees cannot play Oregon Lottery games. After retirement, however, many former employees do play the games offered.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Marion County, where Davis lives and purchased the ticket, more than $55.2 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

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. In the event of winning a jackpot, players 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