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Mega Millions $900 Million Jackpot Largest Ever - 10/17/18

October 17, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – Friday’s estimated Mega Millions jackpot is at an all-time Mega Millions high of $900 million! This jackpot is also the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, trailing only the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot from 2016. That jackpot was shared by three lucky players from California, Florida and Tennessee.

Across all Mega Millions lotteries, there were over 4.5 million winning tickets in the Oct. 16 drawing.

Oregon Mega Millions Winners

For the Oct. 16 drawing, in Oregon, there were over 37,000 winning Mega Millions tickets ranging from $10,000 to $2!

Oregon has also had several larger Mega Millions winners in the last few years. The largest winner recently was Joemel Panisa, who purchased a ticket in January 2016 then found it during a snow day, mere days before the $1 million ticket was to expire in Jan. 2017.

More recently, in Wayne Harder of Lebanon won $30,00 playing Mega Millions in August. Harder said he plays all three draw games, Powerball, Oregon’s Game Megabucks and Mega Millions. He used his prize to fund a family reunion trip to the Oregon Coast.

The Oregon Lottery began offering Mega Millions in March 2010. While Oregon is still waiting for its first Mega Millions jackpot winner, since 2010 there have been over $83 million in Mega Millions prizes in Oregon! And since 2010, Mega Millions has had over $164 million in sales.

Just like the Lottery's other big jackpot games, Powerball and Oregon’s Game Megabucks, the winner of the Mega Millions jackpot can choose to take the prize either in a 30-year annuity or a one-time lump sum.

After taxes, the 30-year graduated annuity will average $20.4 million each year. The one-time cash option, after taxes, is over $349 million.

The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday, Oct. 19.

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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Yolanda Reyes, Lebanon, 100,000 Scratch-it winner
Yolanda Reyes, Lebanon, 100,000 Scratch-it winner
Holiday Wishes come true for Lebanon Lottery winner (Photo) - 10/16/18

October 16, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – Holiday wishes came true for Yolanda Reyes of Lebanon, when she won $100,000 playing one of the new Holiday Wishes Scratch-it from the Oregon Lottery.
“I was at Bingo and scratching the ticket and thought I won $10,” she said. “When I asked a friend, we realized I won $100,000!”
Reyes won playing the $10 Holiday Wishes Scratch-it, which is part of the new featured holiday tickets offered by the Oregon Lottery this winter that also includes the $1 Stocking Stuffer, $2 Snow Globe Cash and the $5 Holiday Cheer. The tickets went on sale earlier this month and will run through the end of the year to celebrate the season. The Holiday Wishes Scratch-it still has one $100,000 jackpot prize left.
Reyes, who recently retired from the Oregon Department of Human Services after a 20-year career, said the money was going toward her retirement.
“It comes at a great time for me,” she said. “I just retired and this will be a nice cushion.”
In addition to her retirement nest egg, she said she will probably purchase a small pickup with the money.
Reyes purchased the ticket at B&G Bingo in Salem. 
During the 2015-17 biennium in Linn County, where Reyes lives, more than $42.1 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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Keno prize at the end of the rainbow (Photo) - 10/12/18

October 11, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – Sitting at home checking his numbers on his iPad, it didn’t sink in when Larry Bowser of Eugene realized he had won the Keno 8-Spot bonus.
Bowser, purchased his tickets while at the Fred Meyer on 11th Avenue in Eugene, and at the time didn’t think much of playing a $3 wager with Special Keno and Bulls-Eye. As luck would have it, Bowser not only matched all 8-numbers, but also hit the Bulls-Eye number, and with his $3 wager, multiplied his prize by 3.
In the end, his $3 wager led to a $247,914 prize, the third-highest Keno 8-spot winner since 2000. His win also makes him one of the biggest Bulls-Eye winners since the introduction of the Bulls-Eye Keno feature. The Bulls-Eye option is $1 extra and after the 20 winning numbers are revealed, the Bulls-Eye arrow randomly lands on one of those numbers. Then the Bulls-Eye prize is added to whatever you already won. Bowser hit the Bulls-Eye number which was worth $40,000, but since he had three tickets, it meant he’d won $120,000.
“I dropped the kids off this morning and was headed to Salem on Highway 126 and as I turned on the road, a rainbow came out,” he said. “That was amazing. That’s when I realized I won.”
Bowser said he was going to use his prize for his kids and they are planning a vacation.
During the 2015-17 biennium in Lane County, where Bowser lives and played Keno, more than $50.8 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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Lottery shines spotlight on habitat restoration work - 10/09/18

Salem, Ore., Oct. 9: Bringing attention to an often overlooked beneficiary, the Oregon Lottery this month launched a media campaign highlighting habitat restoration funded with Lottery dollars, in partnership with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, (OWEB). Since 1999, Lottery dollars have funded more than 7,000 restoration projects statewide. In 2017 alone, Lottery contributed more than $52 million to local communities for habitat restoration, through OWEB-administered grants.

Throughout the fall, a series of segments airing on television and within social media channels will highlight watershed restoration work in Ashland and Wallowa, Douglas, Lane, Umatilla, and Grant counties including:

  • Reducing fire risk in southern Oregon
  • Returning the Wallowa River to its roots
  • Restoring Fivemile-Bell Creek
  • Developing new salmon habitat in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation
  • Turning a mud hole into a desert oasis
  • Transforming abandoned mining pits into valuable habitat

Complementing the television and social media segments, Lottery is featuring more in-depth videos and written stories online.

“No matter where you are in Oregon, you’re in a watershed,” said OWEB Executive Director Meta Loftsgaarden. “That’s why this work is so important. It brings together people from all walks to help take care of local streams, wetlands, and wildlife habitat right in their communities.”

“We went to these communities expecting to capture environmental stories, but we heard from the folks working on the projects that they were just as happy to have the jobs,” said Lottery Marketing Manager Mark Strickler. “These projects are a win-win, improving the health of local watersheds while creating jobs across Oregon.”

The watershed campaign represents a larger shift in the way the Oregon Lottery uses its advertising dollars, spending more to highlight Lottery beneficiaries, and drawing the intentional connection between playing Lottery games and funding critical programs Oregonians care about. 

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

 

 

Thomas Osborne of Salem won Keno
Thomas Osborne of Salem won Keno
A $54,597 strike for State Bowling Champion (Photo) - 10/05/18

October 5, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – At 76-years young, Thomas Osborne of Salem is the youngest member of his bowling team. “We won a state title last year,” Thomas said. Winning at bowling is not the only thing Thomas has played and won, as Thomas’s most recent win was a $54,597 Oregon Lottery Keno 8-Spot prize!

“The numbers I play were my father’s Keno numbers he played for years,” said Thomas as he picked up his Keno prize at Lottery headquarters in Salem Sept. 27. “I won another nice Keno prize a few years ago playing these numbers, so there’s no reason to use anything but those numbers.”

Thomas won his prize playing Keno 8-Spot at Blondzee’s Guest House in Salem. All eight of his dad’s numbers matched, bringing him $15,000 and the 8-Spot rolling jackpot was $39,591. When players play the Keno 8-Spot, if no one has selected all eight numbers drawn, the rolling jackpot continues to grow.

However, he wasn’t done there, during the next three games, four of his dad’s numbers matched bringing in another $2 each game. In bowling terms, he hit a strike and a few spares.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Marion County, where Osborne lives and played Keno, more than $55 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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Attached Media Files: Thomas Osborne of Salem won Keno
RoxAnne Ferguson and Ken Hacket of Baker City with oversized check
RoxAnne Ferguson and Ken Hacket of Baker City with oversized check
Bad day turned good with $75,000 prize (Photo) - 09/26/18

Sept. 26, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – A Baker City woman won $75,000 playing a Scratch-it after purchasing it to cheer up her boyfriend.

RoxAnne Ferguson and her boyfriend Ken Hackett were at the Shell Station on Highway 7, when Ken told her he was having a bad day. To cheer him up, she purchased some Scratch-its they could play together.

“We were in a hurry, so we just scanned it and it said $75,000!” she said. “We did a double take. Then scanned it again. Everyone in the store got excited and we bought stuff for the people in line behind us!”

The couple then went and got a black and yellow 4-wheeler for Hackett – the same colors as his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“We might even get married now that I have a dowry!” Ferguson said.

“Yeah, you are a sugar momma now!” Hackett chuckled as the couple claimed the prize.

The couple’s luck continued as they won an additional $120 on a few Scratch-its they purchased while in the lobby of the Salem claim center.

“Guess it’s just our week!” Ferguson said.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Baker County, where Ferguson lives and the Fletcher Sinclair Shell station she purchased the ticket are located, more than $4.5 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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A trip with the dogs unleashes $70,000 prize (Photo) - 09/25/18

Sept. 21, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – A Sunday afternoon tradition lead to a Veneta woman winning $70,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it.

Jeannie Kelly of Veneta has a Sunday afternoon tradition that she thoroughly enjoys – she takes her dogs and goes to Dari-Mart in her neighborhood.

“My parents go with us and then we all get Lottery tickets and play,” Jeanie said. “That’s our Sunday thing every weekend.”

Kelly did what she does every week, and took the tickets home, then made a trip to the grocery store for the week’s meal planning. When she got back, and put the groceries away, she played the Scratch-its, and couldn’t believe what she discovered.

“I just sat there and kept matching the numbers,” Kelly said. “That is a winner, right? Is this really happening? Is all I could say.”

Kelly said she will be celebrating her 20th wedding anniversary in October and the couple are planning a trip to Disneyland. The big decision is whether to visit the California or Florida location.

“We don’t have kids, the dogs are our kids,” she said. “So we might even take the dogs.”

Kelly purchased her ticket at the Dari-Mart in Veneta along Highway 126. The last big winning ticket the store sold was a $250,000 Mega Millions ticket in 2011.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Lane County, where Kelly lives and the Dari-Mart she purchased the ticket are located, more than $50.8 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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$100,000 Scratch-it win -- zing with a bunch of zeroes! (Photo) - 09/24/18

Sept. 21, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – David Black likes to stop and play Oregon Lottery Scratch-its. He calls it a hobby, and last week it paid off when the Troutdale man won $100,000 playing a $10 Scratch-it.

“When I came home he said he wanted me to look at something,” said Jean, David’s wife. “He asked me what I thought, and I thought it looked suspicious.”

That confused David, and he asked Jean, his wife of 43 years what she meant?

“It looks suspiciously like a win!” she said. The couple then took the ticket back to the Dotty’s on SW 257th in Troutdale, where David bought the ticket.

“The clerk there scanned it and it we felt ‘zing with a bunch of zeroes,” Jean said. “This was his lucky day!”

The couple claimed their prize Sept. 10, and said that while their house was paid off, they would like to make some improvements, and save the rest for their retirement.

“We are going to hang on to the money for a rainy day,” Jean said.

The couple won playing the $10 Lucky Numbers Scratch-it, which has a top prize of $100,000. There is one top prize remaining with the Lucky Numbers Scratch-it.

The prize is the largest win that Dotty’s has had according to Oregon Lottery records. Two other players won $10,000 playing Video Lottery in 2011. Retailers receive a 1-percent selling bonus on jackpot prizes, meaning that Dotty’s will receive $1,000 for selling the winning ticket.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Multnomah County, where Black lives and the Dotty’s he purchased the ticket  is located, more than $109.3 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