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Oregon Lottery is capturing the spirit of the outdoors with State Park themed Scratch-its.
Oregon Lottery is capturing the spirit of the outdoors with State Park themed Scratch-its.
Oregon Lottery Launches State Parks Themed Scratch-its, Free Parking Permit Program (Photo) - 05/22/24

Salem, Ore. – Summer is when the outdoors truly start calling to Oregonians. Oregon Lottery is capturing the spirit of the campers, hikers, adventure seekers, and anglers with a new, Oregon State Park themed Scratch-it. The $5 tickets feature three nostalgic scenes of park landscapes and fishing, have a top prize of $50,000, and are on sale now at Oregon Lottery retailers. 

Lottery game play helps ensure that our state parks are continuously maintained and improved, with State Parks receiving more than $1 billion in Lottery funds since 1999. One example is Champoeg State Heritage Area, a site with a project underway to add more RV campsites and cabins.  

“Oregon State Parks truly put our state on the map, with some of the most scenic, special places in the country,” said Oregon Lottery Director Mike Wells. “We’re proud to support State Parks and their impact in our communities across Oregon.”    

The unique tickets also coincide with State Parks Day – celebrated on June 1 with free parking for the 25 parks that charge a parking permit and free RV and tent site camping at all Oregon State Parks. State Parks Day has been a tradition since 1998 to thank Oregonians for their support of the state park system over many decades.

Oregon Lottery is also sponsoring a new program allowing residents to check out a State Parks parking permit from their local library. The passes are currently available in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties, with more coming online in the summer months. The permits can be checked out physically or digitally. 

“Our collaboration with the Oregon Lottery began in 1999 when Oregonians voted to support Oregon State Parks with lottery proceeds,” said Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption. “We've worked together throughout the years to bring unique recreation opportunities to our visitors and are excited this parking permit program will encourage more people to see our state's beautiful and historic areas without worrying about parking fees.”

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $15.5 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery, visit www.oregonlottery.org

Oregon Lottery Warns of Jackpot Scams - 05/13/24

Salem, Ore. –  Following news of the $1.3 billion Powerball win in Portland this April, Oregon Lottery is urging the public to beware of scams and phishing attempts associated with jackpots. 

Over the weekend, a text message was circulating that falsely promised the Powerball winner was donating prize money to 10 citizens chosen at random. It asked those receiving the message to call a phone number to claim the winnings. 

“Some common warning signs of phishing scams include receiving an unsolicited message with a sense of urgency or a request for personal information,” said Oregon Lottery Assistant Director of Security Justin Hedlund. “We expect there may be other scams out there trying to leverage the Powerball winner’s story, and it’s a red flag if something seems too good to be true.” 

Oregon Lottery will never ask you to pay a fee to access your winnings.  

If you believe you’re a victim of a scam, you can report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center: https://www.ic3.gov/. If you received a suspicious text message, forward it to SPAM (7726) and report the phishing attempt to the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $15.5 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery, visit www.oregonlottery.org

Plaid Pantry Awarded Bonus for Selling $1.3 Billion Powerball Ticket - 05/09/24

Portland, Ore. – After selling the winning Powerball ticket worth $1.3 billion, the fourth largest jackpot in the game’s history, Plaid Pantry was presented a bonus check worth $100,000 on Thursday. Oregon Lottery officials celebrated with store representatives at the location on 6060 NE Columbia Boulevard in Portland.

“The excitement and impact of a win like this in Oregon is incredible, not only for our prize winners, but also for our communities and locally owned retailer Plaid Pantry,” said Oregon Lottery Director Mike Wells. 

Cheng “Charlie” Saephan of Portland, his wife, and their friend claimed the winning ticket from the April 6, 2024 drawing. The ticket was the only one in the country to match all five numbers plus the Powerball. 

“The energy and excitement we experienced from selling the winning ticket has been a big morale boost for the entire Plaid team,” said Plaid Pantry President and CEO Jonathan Polonsky. “We are very proud of our brand, which has been serving the Pacific Northwest for over 60 years. This bonus check will be reinvested in our business to benefit our associates, customers, and local suppliers.”

Oregon Lottery staff also surprised store customers at the Thursday event by handing out free $2 Scratch-its. 

Plaid Pantry has 104 stores in Oregon and has sold other sizable wins in recent years, including a $3.3 million Megabucks ticket in August of 2023 and a $1 million Powerball prize in March of 2023. 

Photos from today’s event are available to media at the link below. Please credit Oregon Lottery. 

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Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $15.5 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Cheng "Charlie" Saephan of Portland is one of three winners sharing the historic $1.3 billion Powerball prize.
Three People Announced as Winners of $1.3 Billion Powerball Jackpot (Photo) - 04/29/24

Salem, Ore. –  A Portland man, his wife, and their friend are making history as winners of the fourth largest Powerball jackpot. Cheng “Charlie” Saephan, 46, purchased the ticket for the April 6, 2024 drawing and was the only person in the country to match all five numbers plus the Powerball. 

Saephan is sharing the prize with 37 year-old Duanpen Saephan, his wife, and friend Laiza Chao, 55, of Milwaukie. The prize will be split among the three individuals: 50% (Chao) and 25%, 25% (Saephans). All three elected to take the cash option, which totals $422,309,193.97 after taxes.

Saephan, who has battled cancer and is fighting a recurrence, was relying on a combination of faith and luck when he purchased over 20 tickets for the drawing. In the weeks leading up to the jackpot, he wrote out numbers from the game (1-69) on a piece of paper and slept with it under his pillow.

“I prayed to God to help me,” he said, “My kids are young and I’m not that healthy.”  

Saephan, who is Iu-Mienh, was born in Laos and has lived in Portland for the past 30 years. He said the prize will allow him and his family to live “worry free” in light of his illness. 

Chao gave Saephan $100 toward the purchase of tickets for the game. After discovering he was holding the winning ticket, he called her to share the news. 

“I said, ‘Laiza, where are you?’ and she said, ‘I’m going to work,’” said Saephan. “I replied, ‘You don’t have to go anymore.’”    

The win is by far the biggest prize ever won in Oregon. Previously, the largest Powerball prize won in Oregon was a $340 million jackpot in 2005. 

“I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the Saephans and Ms. Chao on this historic win,” said Oregon Lottery Director Mike Wells. “Not only is the prize life-changing for the three of them and their families, it’s also a huge win for the state.” 

Approximately a third of sales from Powerball will be returned to state beneficiaries to support economic development, education, veteran services, state parks and more. The retailer that sold the winning ticket, Plaid Pantry, will also receive a $100,000 bonus. 

Powerball is a multi-state jackpot operated by 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. 

The Oregon Lottery recommends that you always sign the back of your ticket to ensure you can claim your prize. 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. Players have a year to claim their prize. 

Photos from today's event are available at the link below. Please credit Oregon Lottery. 

https://brandfolder.com/oregonlottery/oregon-powerball-winner-24

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $15.5 billion for economic development, public education, outdoor school, state parks, veteran services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery, visit www.oregonlottery.org

Media Advisory: Historic $1.3 Billion Powerball Winner Announcement - 04/28/24

Members of the media are invited to an announcement regarding the winner of the $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot from the April 6 drawing. 

WHEN: Monday, April 29, 1 p.m. 

WHERE: Oregon Lottery headquarters lobby, 500 Airport Road SE, Salem 

There will be parking marked and reserved for media at the north end of the lot. Media members are also welcome to park in open spots.  

WHAT: The jackpot winner will be revealed and available to answer brief questions. Oregon Lottery officials will also be available. 

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