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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

Joseph Houck of Redmond won $25,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it he purchased at Logan's Market.
Joseph Houck of Redmond won $25,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it he purchased at Logan's Market.
Redmond man uses Lottery win for redwood trip (Photo) - 05/23/18

May 23, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – Joseph Houck of Redmond won $25,000 playing an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it.

The Redmond-based finishing carpenter said he went to Logan’s Market to get some dinner and also picked up Scratch-its. He purchased four Scratch-its and said three of them were winners. But one ticket especially caught his attention, the “$3 Sky High Crossword."

“I played the ticket and started counting words. At first I thought I had seven words for $50, then eight for $100,” he said. “That’s when I decided to scan it and the clerk couldn’t believe it. It was worth $25,000! I screamed and yelled and jumped around.”

With a top prize of $25,000, there are still two jackpot prize-winning tickets of the $3 Sky High Crossword available, after Houck’s win. Houck said he signed the ticket and took it to several other stores just to make sure it was a big winner. Then he made the trip to Salem to claim his prize. He said he plans to buy a new truck and take a trip to see the redwoods in California.

“I will probably stay down there five days,” he said. “Did you know one is the height of a 36-story building? That’s amazing.”

During the 2015-17 biennium in Deschutes County, where Houck lives, more than $28.9 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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