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Record breaking jackpots also drive ticket sales for Oregon retailers.
Record breaking jackpots also drive ticket sales for Oregon retailers.
Eugene Resident Wins $1 Million Prize, as Mega Millions Jackpot Soars to $1.35 Billion (Photo) - 01/12/23

Salem, Ore. –  The Eugene winner of Tuesday’s $1 million Mega Millions ticket claimed their prize Wednesday after matching five of the six numbers drawn. Zehao C. purchased the ticket at the Jackson's Food Store at 274 Coburg Road in Eugene on Monday. 

Since no one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since October 14, 2022, the prize for Friday’s drawing climbs to an estimated $1.35 billion. It’s the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in history. 

Record breaking jackpots also drive ticket sales for Oregon retailers, which result in added commissions. In this case, the Eugene retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the $1 million winning ticket.  

Since Saturday, when the Mega Millions jackpot reached $1 billion, the Oregon Lottery has sold over $3.89 million in tickets. Approximately a third of those sales will be returned to state beneficiaries to support economic development, education, veteran services and more. 

Mega Millions is a multi-state jackpot operated by 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

The Oregon Lottery recommends that you always sign the back of your winning ticket to ensure you can claim your prize. 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. Players also have a year to claim their prize. 

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $15 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to estimated $1.35 billion
Mega Millions jackpot climbs to estimated $1.35 billion
$1 Million Ticket Sold in Oregon, as Mega Millions Jackpot Still Climbing (Photo) - 01/11/23

Salem, Ore. –  As the Mega Millions jackpot grows to an estimated $1.35 billion, a lucky player in Oregon will be cashing in on a $1 million dollar winning ticket. That ticket was sold in Eugene on Monday and matched five of the six winning numbers in Tuesday’s drawing.  

The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday’s drawing is now at $1.35 billion for the annuity or $707.9 million in cash. It’s the second largest Mega Millions jackpot in history. In Oregon, the largest Mega Millions prize won was $3 million in 2019, when two players won on separate occasions.

Oregon Lottery retailers are seeing a boost in sales from the record setting jackpot. Amod Chhetri owns the St. Johns Deli & Grocery and 82 Powell Deli and Grocery and estimates he’s selling 2,000 to 3,000 tickets a day, as players get in line with excitement.

“The jackpot is very tempting to our customers,” he said. “Those who have never bought in their lifetime are buying.” 

Since Saturday, when the Mega Millions jackpot reached $1 billion, the Oregon Lottery has sold over $3.15 million in tickets. Approximately a third of those sales will be returned to state beneficiaries to support economic development, education, veteran services and more. 

Mega Millions is a multi-state jackpot operated by 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

The Oregon Lottery recommends that you always sign the back of your winning ticket to ensure you can claim your prize. 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. Players also have a year to claim their prize. 

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $15 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $940 million.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is an estimated $940 million.
Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to Near $1 Billion - 01/05/23

Salem, Ore. –  It’s hard to argue that winning $940 million wouldn’t make 2023 the best year of your life. That’s the estimate for Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot drawingIn Oregon, the largest Mega Millions prize ever won was $3 million in 2019, when two players won on separate occasions that year.

Since the Mega Millions jackpot began this run on October 15, 2022, the Oregon Lottery has sold more than $11.4 million in tickets. Approximately a third of those sales will be returned to state beneficiaries to support economic development, education, veteran services and more. 

Big jackpots that drive ticket sales also result in added commissions for lottery retailers across the state. If an Oregon retailer were to sell the winning jackpot ticket, they earn a $100,000 bonus.

There have been just three Mega Millions jackpots larger than Friday’s estimated prize since the game began in 2002. The largest Mega Millions jackpot was $1.537 billion in 2018, with one winning ticket sold in South Carolina. Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

The Oregon Lottery recommends that you always sign the back of your winning ticket to ensure you can claim your prize. 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. Players also have a year to claim their prize. 

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $15 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org