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$3 million Mega Millions ticket sold in Cottage Grove (Photo) - 12/13/18

Dec. 13, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – If you purchased an Oregon Lottery Mega Millions ticket in Cottage Grove, it could be worth $3 million.

The winning Mega Millions numbers for the Nov. 30 draw were 25-28-40-43-63 and the Mega Ball was 19. The winning ticket matched five numbers but not the Mega Ball number, which is a $1 million prize.  In this instance, the player added the Megaplier option for an extra $1, which increases non-jackpot prizes by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times.
For Nov. 30 drawing the Megaplier was 3, meaning the player multiplied their $1 million prize by 3, increasing their prize to $3 million!

“The Lottery’s computer system indicates that this ticket was purchased on Nov. 18, well ahead of the winning drawing date. What that means is that it’s ticket with multiple drawings on it,” said Patrick Johnson, Public Information Specialist with the Oregon Lottery. “If you purchased a ticket with multiple draws, and you purchased it in Cottage Grove, 2018 may be ending with some excitement!”

Players can purchase Mega Millions tickets for up to 24 drawings. Players also have one year from the winning draw date to claim the prize. In this case, the ticket would need to be claimed before Dec. 2, 2019, since Nov. 30, 2019 falls on a Saturday.

Mega Millions is one of two multi-state lottery games the Oregon Lottery offers. You can play Mega Millions in 44 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each play costs $2. Jackpots start at $40 million, and the jackpot for the next drawing on Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. is $262 million.

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 nearly $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

Nicole Williams and Amber Lahey Oregon Lottery 2nd Chance Winners.
Nicole Williams and Amber Lahey Oregon Lottery 2nd Chance Winners.
Two moms win Lottery 2nd Chance Drawing (Photo) - 12/11/18

December 7, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – Two moms. Two $25,000 Oregon Lottery 2nd Chance drawing prizes. And two ways to play.
The Oregon Lottery offers a 2nd Chance game for selected bingo and crossword Scratch-its. If a player has a non-winning ticket, they can enter the ticket on the Lottery’s website for a second chance to win the top prize. When the each of the games is ended, there is a drawing for the 2nd Chance top prize.
Amber Lahey, from St. Helens, said she couldn’t believe it when she was notified by certified letter that she had won $25,000 playing the Lottery’s 2nd Chance game. She won after entering her Railway Riches Bingo ticket into the 2nd Chance drawing.
“When I got the mail, I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I called the Lottery and found out it was true. It’s perfect timing for me because my birthday is at the end of the month and, of course, Christmas.”
Lahey said she has a budget of $10 a week that she plays Scratch-its and that the 2nd Chance drawing extends her play.
Nicole Williams of Eugene also won $25,000 playing the 2nd Chance game, and said she uses the drawing to make sure her tickets are not winners.
“I will play them and sometimes I miss a word or letter with the crosswords,” she said. “So when I try to enter them into the website, it tells me that I won on that ticket.”
Williams won with a Mad Money Crossword Scratch-it she entered in the 2nd Change game. She said her plans were to buy a gaming system for her son.
To play the 2nd Chance Drawing, players register on the Oregon Lottery website and enter eligible non-winning Scratch-it tickets for a chance to win the last top prize in that game. Players can also see how many tickets have been entered, to select the best odds of winning that last top prize. Drawings are held  after a particular game has ended. Winners are notified by email, mail, and certified mail that they won.
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 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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Sam Hawley of Portland and Louis.
Sam Hawley of Portland and Louis.
The early bird gets the $118,000 Oregon Lottery Keno prize (Photo) - 12/06/18

December 6, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – Arriving early at the Wilsonville Payment Center paid off for a Portland man who won more than $118,000 while waiting for the center to open.

Sam Hawley of Portland felt he had great luck when he won $1,750 playing Special Keno 8-Spot, so he headed for the Oregon Lottery’s Wilsonville Payment Center. The problem is he arrived early, the center opens at 8:30 a.m. and he arrived around 7:30. While he waited, he went to the Wilsonville Fred Meyer and purchased another Keno ticket with his tried and true numbers.

“I have used the same numbers for years,” Hawley told Lottery officials.

When he turned in his $1,750 ticket, he realized while waiting he had purchased a $118,759 winning Keno 8-Spot ticket.

All eight of his numbers matched, bringing him $25,000 and the 8-Spot rolling jackpot was $93,759.60. When players play the Keno 8-Spot, if no one has selected all eight numbers drawn, the rolling jackpot continues to grow. Hawley also opted to play Special Keno, a free option, where there is an expanded prize structure for larger prizes.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Clackamas County, where Hawley played Keno, more than $55 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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Attached Media Files: Sam Hawley of Portland and Louis.
Graphic of Lottery mobile app
Graphic of Lottery mobile app
Oregon Lottery Launches new Mobile App (Photo) - 11/30/18

Nov. 30, 2018 - Salem, Ore. Checking Oregon Lottery tickets to see if you’ve won just got a whole lot more convenient.

The Oregon Lottery has released a new smart phone application that will provide players with a way to scan tickets to see if they are winners, finding the closest Lottery retailer, and giving players information about Oregon Lottery games and promotions.

“We are always looking for ways to make the Lottery more fun and convenient,” said Digital Marketing Manager Shad Barnes. “This app is designed to make the play experience as fun and easy as we can and is available for both iPhone and Android phones. Through the app, we’re able to give players an opportunity to win a variety of Lottery game tickets including packs of Scratch-its.”

In addition to the game-related features, the Lottery has purposefully included responsible gaming aspects in the mobile app. “From the beginning of the development of the app,” said Barnes, “it was of the utmost importance follow the Lottery’s mission to increase our player base in a responsible and sustainable manner. With that in mind, the app has tools to help players calculate how much their play may cost and help them set a budget, and the app’s system has a variety of ways to verify age.”

The new app features include:

  • Scanning tickets to see if they are winners
  • Providing directions to Lottery retail locations
  • Notifying app users of high jackpots, Lottery-sponsored events and other exciting Lottery news
  • Integrated timer and budget calculator tool
  • Lottery game information

The new apps can be found on the Apple or Android app stores. Lottery games are not available for purchase on the mobile app.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more nearly $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and habitat restoration. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Attached Media Files: Graphic of Lottery mobile app
Holiday season reminder - Lottery tickets not for minors - 11/27/18

Nov. 27, 2018 - Salem, Ore. While age restriction messages are prevalent on all Oregon Lottery sales terminals and tickets, the Lottery increase its responsible gaming messages during the holiday season. 

“During the holidays, Oregon Lottery Scratch-its and other Lottery games are fun and easy to use as gift tags or slip into holiday cards,” said Stacy Shaw, Oregon Lottery senior marketing manager and board member of the National Council on Problem Gambling. “We urge everyone to remember during the holidays - or anytime for that matter - to give Oregon Lottery tickets only to people who are 18 years old or older. This age restriction applies to buying and playing Lottery Scratch-its and jackpot games and we are asking that those giving games as gifts remember this when tucking any Lottery game into a stocking.”  

The “give responsibly” message appears on the Lottery’s holiday games’ website pages and other advertising, reminding players not to give Lottery games to anyone under the age of 18 as gifts. Lottery Senior Marketing Communications Manager Mark Strickler adds, "For the past several years, we’ve created 15-second TV ads that carry the give responsibly message that mirrors our current holiday games advertising campaign.” 

The Oregon Lottery has recently launched a new mobile app that enables players to check for winning tickets, get notifications and information about Lottery games. Equally important among the app’s features is access to a suite of responsible gaming tools including responsible gaming tips, budgeting and timer tools, and a cost to play calculator that explains to players the cost of regular Lottery play and how it equates over time. 

This marks the ninth-year that the National Council on Problem Gambling and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at Canada’s McGill University have partnered with lotteries around the world, including the Oregon Lottery, to promote giving lottery tickets responsibly.

Oregon Lottery 2018 Holiday Scratch-its

Click for link to :15 “Give Responsibly” spot 

Click for link to :30 “Season of Gifting” spot

Oregon Lottery proceeds provide funding for free, confidential and effective problem gambling treatment programs statewide. Since 1992, nearly $100 million in Lottery dollars has been directed to fund problem gambling treatment in Oregon.

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Unclaimed $1 million Powerball prize expires November 26 (Photo) - 11/16/18

November 16, 2018 - Salem, Ore. –  Someone who purchased a Powerball ticket on November 25, 2017 has, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, one extra day to claim their $1 million prize. But time is running out!
Lottery prizes are good one year from the date of the drawing. Since the one-year anniversary of the unclaimed $1 million Powerball ticket falls on Sunday, Nov. 25, Lottery rules stipulate that the prize can be claimed the next business day. In this case, Monday, Nov. 26. Since the prize is more than $50,000, it can only be claimed at the Lottery’s Salem Headquarters, at 500 Airport Road SE in Salem. The Salem office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The ticket was sold in the Southeast Portland area, and the winning numbers are 08-13-27-53-54 with a Powerball of 04. The player matched five numbers but missed the Powerball number.
All unclaimed prizes go into the state’s Economic Development Fund. Each year approximately $5 million in unclaimed prizes goes into the fund. In fiscal year 2016, more than $5.3 million in unclaimed prizes were transferred to the fund. In fiscal year 2017, more than $5.4 million was transferred.
The Oregon Lottery also recently released new mobile phone applications for both iPhone and Android phones. One of the features of the new app, available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, is the ability to scan Lottery tickets to let players know if they’ve won a prize.
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