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Wayne Harder of Lebanon won $30,000 playing Mega Millions.
Wayne Harder of Lebanon won $30,000 playing Mega Millions.
Family reunion funded by Mega Millions prize (Photo) - 08/06/18

August 6, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – Winning a $30,000 Mega Millions prize takes the math out of trying to split the cost of a beach house rental on the Oregon Coast. Just ask Wayne Harder of Lebanon. He found out last week, as he was planning a family reunion, one of his Lottery tickets was worth a cool $30,000.

“We haven’t had the family all together in quite a while, in fact there are two grandchildren I haven’t seen yet!” Harder said. “We were trying to figure out how to split the cost, but now I can just pay for it.”

Harder said he likes playing the Lottery’s three big draw games, Oregon’s Game Megabucks, Powerball and Mega Millions and purchases them with the kickers and multiplier options. He said he normally purchases his tickets at the Fast Break Market in Albany. Last week he was scanning the tickets and something caught him off-guard.

“The first ticket was nothing, I wasn’t paying attention and the second ticket said something and a bunch of numbers,” he said. “I took it to the clerk and she said I won!”

Harder picked his wife up at work and asked her if she wanted to go to Salem to pick up $30,000.

“She said yes!” he said. “She was very excited.”

Harder won his $30,000 Mega Millions prize by matching four numbers plus the Megaball, for a $10,000 prize. Because Harder 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 $40 million jackpot on July 27, but was still thrilled with his $30,000 win

But a family reunion isn’t the only plans Harder and his wife have for the money. The couple said they recently purchased a home and would be finishing the yard and fixing things.

“This money came at the right time,” he said. “It will be put to good use.”

Now the family, which lives all around the western states, will have a reunion on the Oregon Coast.

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

Retailers receive a 1-percent sales bonus for prizes more than $10,000. Fast Break Market will receive $300 for Harder’s win.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Linn County, where Harder lives, more than $42 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement. In Lane County, the location of Fast Break Market, more than $50 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to the same beneficiaries.

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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