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Emily and Justice Prosise
Emily and Justice Prosise
Random act of kindness makes veteran's day (Photo) - 11/16/17

Nov. 16, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- When Justice Prosise saw an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it ticket on his windshield -- and the windshield of the two other cars parked in "veteran parking" spaces at Rogue Community College -- he didn't know it would be worth $1,000.

"I am a Marine Corps veteran and I am taking classes to be a juvenile corrections life counselor at Rogue Community College," he said. "I came out after class and some nice person had put Scratch-its on the cars in the veterans spaces. I don't know who. So I played it, and kept looking at it because I won $1,000. I probably checked it more than 10 times."

Emily Prosise, Justice's wife of one month, didn't believe him at first.

"It was too good to be true, just $1,000 out of nowhere!" she said.

The couple said they were going to use the winnings to pay off a recent trip.

"I took her to Hawaii last April and proposed to her at sunset on the beach," Justice said. "I'm not totally romantic, the ring was in a Poke Ball."

The couple said they couldn't say thank you enough, and really appreciated the post-Veterans Day gift.

"We want to give the person a big hug and say thank you!" Emily said.

Oregon Lottery dollars help to fund veteran's services and public education. During the 2013-15 biennium the Oregon Lottery provided more than $6 million to education projects in Josephine County. In addition, voters last fall overwhelmingly approved to direct a portion of Lottery dollars to support veteran services.

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

Attached Media Files: Emily and Justice Prosise
Oregon Lottery to Present Plaid Pantry with $45,000 Selling Bonus Check - 11/12/17

Portland area Plaid Pantry stores have sold three tickets of $1 million or more this year

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: 12 p.m., Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

WHERE: Plaid Pantry, 1505 N. Going Street, Portland, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $45,000 selling bonus check to representatives of Plaid Pantry for selling a winning $4.5 million Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket. Lottery officials will also hand out a limited number of free Oregon's Game Megabucks tickets at the event.

BACKGROUND: Tarver Hannant of Portland won $4.5 million after purchasing an Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket at a Portland Plaid Pantry. This is the third ticket of $1 million or more sold by a Plaid Pantry in the Portland Metro area this year. In March, a Plaid Pantry store in Clackamas sold the winning $1 million St. Patrick's Day Raffle top prize ticket. In May, another Plaid Pantry store sold a $1 million Powerball ticket.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to representatives of Plaid Pantry and will also distribute a limited amount of Oregon's Game Megabucks tickets to patrons of the store.

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 man collects his share of Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot - 10/31/17

October 31, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- A Portland man won $4.5 million Monday after claiming half of a $9 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot.

The last time two tickets shared the Megabucks jackpot was April 2009. Tarver Hannant, of Portland, claimed his part of the jackpot Monday, taking the one-time cash payment option, netting him approximately $1.5 million after taxes. This is the 13th time since 1985 that there have been multiple jackpot winners for a single Megabucks drawing. In August 1988, three winning Megabucks jackpot tickets divided a $5 million jackpot. All other shared prizes had just two winning tickets.

As of Tuesday, there is still another winning ticket for the Oct. 25 drawing unclaimed. The winning numbers are 12-21-30-42-44-47. Players have one year from the date of the draw to claim the prize.

Hannant purchased his ticket at the Plaid Pantry on Going Street in North Portland. This is the third time a Plaid Pantry store in the Portland Metro area has sold an Oregon Lottery ticket worth $1 million or more this year. In March, a Plaid Pantry store in Clackamas sold the winning $1 million Raffle ticket. In May, the store near Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital sold a $1 million Powerball ticket.

"Plaid Pantry is a locally owned and operated company with 109 stores and we are very pleased to have a third store sell a jackpot ticket this year!" said Jonathan Polonsky, president and chief operating officer with Plaid Pantry. "The Oregon Lottery does great things for the state and local economies and Plaid Pantry is very proud of our long-term partnership with them."

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

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 are advised to contact the Lottery office and 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

Two win the $9 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot - 10/27/17

Oct. 27, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- Two lucky people will share the $9 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot.

For the Wednesday, Oct. 25 drawing, two tickets had the winning numbers for the $9 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot, the top jackpot for the game this year. The winners will each take home $4.5 million. While the Lottery knows where the winning tickets were purchased, in Portland and Sandy, it doesn't know who the winners are. They have not yet appeared at the Lottery headquarters to claim their prizes.

The last time two tickets shared the Megabucks jackpot was in April 2009. Those winners split a $7.2 million jackpot.

This marks the 13th time since 1985 that there have been multiple jackpot winners for a single Megabucks drawing. In August 1988, three winning Megabucks jackpot tickets divided a $5 million jackpot. All other shared prizes had just two winning tickets.

Players have one year from the date of the draw to claim the prize, and as of Friday, neither winner had contacted the lottery. The winning numbers for the Oct. 25 drawing are 12-21-30-42-44-47.

The most recent Megabucks jackpot winner was Michelle Sutherland, a retired U.S. Postal Service worker, from Springfield, who won $7 million last June.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects. Lane County school districts received more than $24 million in Oregon Lottery dollars in the 2013-15 biennium.

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 are advised to contact the Lottery office and 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

Mega Millions Enhancements begin Oct. 28 - 10/25/17

Oct. 26, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- Mega Millions is being redesigned to bring more value to its players with starting jackpots more than doubling from $15 million to $40 million, and faster-growing jackpots. The Mega Millions game changes will begin Saturday, Oct. 28.

There will also be better odds to win $1 million prizes and higher secondary prizes. The ticket price also will change, moving from $1 to $2.

In the redesigned game, players select five numbers from 1 to 70, and one Mega Ball number from 1 to 25. Players will have a 1 in 24 overall chance of winning a prize.

Mega Millions is one of the world's biggest and most recognizable lottery games. Introduced as The Big Game in August 1996 with six member states, the game grew, becoming Mega Millions in May 2002. Mega Millions currently is played in 46 jurisdictions: 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The largest Mega Millions jackpot was a $656 million prize split by three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in 2012.

Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 7:59 p.m.

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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