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Richard Leber, of Clackamas won the 2017 Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle.
Richard Leber, of Clackamas won the 2017 Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle.
Clackamas Vietnam Veteran wins $1 Million St. Patrick's Day Raffle (Photo) - 03/17/17

March 17, 2017 -- Salem, Ore. -- When Richard Leber heard the winning Oregon Lottery St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers on the radio this morning, little did he know, he was holding the $1 million winning ticket.

"When I heard the numbers, I thought 'that's nice, someone won.' Little did I know it was me!" Leber said when he claimed his prize.

Leber had purchased five $10 St. Patrick's Day Raffle tickets at different Oregon Lottery retailers at different times to increase his chances of winning. The winning ticket was purchased on January 25 at the Plaid Pantry on Highway 212 in Clackamas.

"I have purchased Raffle tickets ever since the first Oregon Lottery Raffle was offered," Leber said.

Leber checked his tickets at a Fred Meyer and they couldn't tell him how much he won, just that it was more than $600. He picked up his wife and they drove to the Oregon Lottery's Wilsonville Payment Center, where he found out he had won $1 million. The Wilsonville Payment Center only pays prizes under $50,000.

"Because we had to go to Salem to claim, the trip from Wilsonville to Salem we were very careful," he said. "By the time we got to Salem, I was shaking."

Leber, a Vietnam Veteran, said each year he makes a sojourn to the Riverside National Cemetery in California to visit three of his friends who were killed during the war.

"I joined the Marines with one of them," he said. "So I go and visit them each year and make the trip. We are brothers."

Now he plans to make a vacation of the trip and visit his brother in Arizona and ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle in the Laughlin River Run.

"I have been riding since 1969 so I will be buying a new Harley with the money," he said. "It is going to be so nice to be debt free with this money."

Leber's prize after taxes was approximately $670,000.

Over the years, the Oregon Lottery has held 17 Raffle games, including this year's St. Patrick's Day Raffle. In addition to the one $1 million top prize, the Raffle also offers 1,800 other prizes including 300 prizes of $500 and 1,500 prizes of $100.

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

Winning $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle number - 03/17/17

Winning $1 Million Top Prize Number: 107812

The complete list of all 1,801 winning 2017 St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers can be found on the Lottery's website at oregonlottery.org/raffle. Players can also check their Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

Prizes for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle include:
- One $1 million top prize
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

The $500 and $100 prize winners can claim their prizes at any Oregon Lottery retail location. The $1 million prize winner must come to the Lottery office in Salem to claim their prize.

The Lottery's next Raffle game will be the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Raffle. Tickets for this game will go on sale early-January 2018.

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

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Portland couple wins "free" $5.9 million jackpot - 03/16/17

March 15, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- A retired Portland man won $5.9 million on a free Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket he won earlier in the week.

Bob Frost, who regularly plays Oregon's Game Megabucks with his wife, said he had never won a prize with free Oregon's Game Megabucks tickets. Megabucks players whose tickets match three out of six numbers receive a free quick pick ticket.

"We win free tickets all the time when we play, but have never won anything with the free tickets," Frost said Monday. "That's until today."

Frost and his wife have a morning ritual on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays -- the mornings after the Megabucks drawings -- where they have a cup of coffee and check their numbers. He always checks the free tickets last.

"The first line of numbers on the free ticket didn't have a single number," he said. "So I immediately thought it wasn't a winner. When I started checking the second set, when I got to three numbers I started thinking this could be it."

Each single Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket has two set of numbers.

When he handed the ticket back to his wife, her first thought was that she wrote the numbers down wrong and pulled up the numbers again on OregonLottery.org. That's when the couple started realizing they had won.

"We didn't know if you could win the jackpot on a free ticket, so we were looking on the Lottery website trying to see if there was a loophole or something," he said. "When we didn't find anything, we decided to go buy a dishwasher. We needed one and figured even if we didn't win, it was still needed."

When he claimed his prize on Monday, Frost said this year was his 25th wedding anniversary and the couple are planning a trip to Italy with the winnings. Frost opted to claim the $5.9 million prize as a lump sum payment of $2.95 million and after taxes took home $1,976,500. He is the 259th Megabucks millionaire.

Frost purchased the original Megabucks ticket, which was worth a free ticket, at the fittingly-named Lucky Spot in Portland. He then claimed the free ticket at the Lucky Spot in Portland. The retailer will receive a 1-percent selling bonus, bringing in $59,000 for the store.

The winning numbers were 1-7-31-40-44-47 for the Saturday, March 11 drawing. Frost's free ticket matched all six numbers. Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Oregon's Game Megabucks is the Oregon Lottery's local draw game which features a draw of six numbers out of a set of 48. Prizes start at $1 million and grow until someone wins.
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, 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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Winning $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle number - 03/15/17

March 15, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- The winning number for the Lottery's St. Patrick's Day Raffle's $1 million top prize will be announced at 5 a.m. Friday, Mar. 17, St. Patrick's Day.

In addition to the one $1 million top prize, the St. Patrick's Day Raffle also offers 1,800 other prizes including:
- 300 prizes of $500
- 1,500 prizes of $100

A complete list of all 1,801 winning St. Patrick's Day Raffle numbers will be found on the Lottery's website at www.oregonlottery.org at approximately 5 a.m. March 17. Players will also be able to check their Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

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

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Lorraine and Valerie Randolph after claiming a $53,000 prize from the Oregon Lottery.
Lorraine and Valerie Randolph after claiming a $53,000 prize from the Oregon Lottery.
Canyonville woman is very "Lucky" (Photo) - 03/03/17

March 3, 2017- Salem, Ore. -- A Southern Oregon woman started the day buying a new car, and ended it learning she won $53,000 playing the Oregon Lottery.

"Yesterday was a big day, I bought a new car and then learned I won $53,000 playing Lucky Lines," said Lorraine Randolph, who lives in the Canyonville area, when she claimed her prize Tuesday. "Pretty great day!"

Randolph said she started playing Lucky Lines in 2009 when she wanted to play Win for Life, but instead hit the wrong button on a Lottery machine and got a Lucky Lines ticket. That mistake ticket eight years ago led to a $16,000 prize and Lucky Lines became her new favorite game.

"So when I think about it, I always buy a Lucky Lines ticket. I'm glad I did it this week!" she said. "I usually always win something when I play."

Randolph purchased a new SUV, and later that day stopped at the Albertson's in Roseburg for groceries and picked up a $6 Lucky Lines ticket with three quick-pick draws. When she got home she checked the ticket on the Oregon Lottery website and realized she had won $53,000 this time.

"My daughter wouldn't believe me," she said. "We kept checking over and over, circling numbers on the ticket and my whole family was screaming for joy running around. We even took a screen shot of the winning numbers. "

Randolph said she not only is going to pay off her new SUV, but also purchase a car for her daughter.

Lucky Lines is a game which features a tic-tac-toe style gameplay. Lucky Lines has a daily drawing at 6 p.m. that includes a rolling jackpot which starts at $10,000 and grows until someone wins.

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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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (Photo) - 03/02/17

For the 13th year, the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling dedicates March to helping people "have the conversation" about problem gambling. "Problem Gambling is an addiction that affects approximately 2.6 percent of adult Oregonians yet it remains largely not talked about," said Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Thomas Moore. "That's why we participate in National Council on Problem Gambling 'Have the conversation' campaign to help raise awareness of this addiction and the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling."

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a grassroots effort that brings together a wide range of stakeholders - public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators -- who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist. "Creating awareness of problem gambling and available resources is a statewide commitment that is reflected in the official proclamation that Oregon Lottery and the Oregon Health Authority worked with the Governor's office to develop," added Stacy Shaw, Director of Social Responsibility for the Oregon Lottery.

Researcher and Oregon Council Board member, Dr. Jeffrey J. Marotta notes, "The impact of problem gambling extends beyond the gambler, affecting families, friends and entire communities. That makes it so important to have the conversation to raise awareness and create action."

But the "Have the conversation" campaign is more than just all talk. Last year, visits to the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website increased dramatically during March as result of all the focused marketing and outreach efforts. "It's inspiring that a grassroots campaign can have a measurable and meaningful statewide impact," said Moore, "and we are working for even greater results in 2017."

To get help for a gambling problem for you or a loved one, call 1-877-MYLIMIT. Treatment is free, confidential and it works. For more information about problem gambling and how to have the conversation, go to ocpg.org or ncpgambling.org


About the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling
The Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is the state affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling. Its purpose is to promote the health of Oregonians by supporting efforts to minimize gambling related harm. Board members include stakeholders from the gaming industry, the treatment and prevention field, the recovery community and state and county administrators.

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Oregon Lottery to Present South Salem Safeway with $42,000 Selling Bonus Check - 02/28/17

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WHERE: South Salem Safeway, 5660 Commercial Street SE, Salem

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $42,000 selling bonus check to the South Salem Safeway for selling a $4.2 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket.

BACKGROUND: A Salem couple used the winnings from the Scratch-it tickets they received for Christmas to purchase a Megabucks ticket. Thanks to the spur of the moment purchase, Susan Gasperini and Chris Erion won the $4.2 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot. The two claimed their prize in January.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to South Salem Safeway employees and distribute a limited amount of Lottery tickets to patrons of the store. The winners will not be at the event.

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