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Oregon Lottery to Present Happy Valley Jacksons with Giant Oregon's Game Megabucks Check - 08/13/19

The Happy Valley store sold the winning $6.5 million ticket

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WHERE: Jacksons Food Stores #529, 10725 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized display check to representatives of Jacksons for selling the winning Oregon’s Game Megabucks $6.5 million jackpot ticket. Lottery officials will also be handing out a limited number of free promotional Scratch-it tickets at the event.

BACKGROUND: William Bowker of Milwaukie nearly threw out his winning $6.5 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket after his granddaughter checked the numbers, but used the Mega Millions results rather than the correct Megabucks results. The 94-year-old Bowker, who is an U.S. Air Force veteran, double checked the ticket and realized he had won the jackpot.

Bowker said he is sharing the prize with the family. He took the one-time payment and after taxes took home $2.2 million.

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $55.5 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Clackamas County, where Bowker lives and purchased the ticket. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to representatives of the Happy Valley Jacksons and will also distribute a limited amount of free promotional Scratch-it tickets to patrons of the store.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $12 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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