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Winning Powerball ticket is better than coffee - 01/22/18

Jan. 18, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- More coffee. That's what James Wright thought when he checked his Powerball ticket.

"I got up and looked at the ticket and decided to check the numbers from my phone," he said. "I was bleary-eyed because it was early. I saw I missed the Powerball, but then the numbers matched up. I thought it couldn't be right. So I had some coffee and checked again."

After checking it a second time -- and having his heart skip a beat -- he woke his wife up and told her, "We have something special here.

"Overall it was a very surreal experience," he said.

Wright's winning numbers were 14-25-35-58-69, but he missed the Powerball number of 19 for the Saturday, Jan. 13 drawing for a prize of $1 million. The jackpot was $50 million. He purchased his ticket from the 7-Eleven on Willamette Drive in West Linn.

Oregon Lottery officials will be at the 7-Eleven off of Willamette Drive in West Linn at noon on Tuesday to present the owner of the franchise with an oversized ceremonial check for $10,000. Retailers who sell winning tickets receive a 1-percent selling bonus up to $100,000. During the event, Lottery officials will also be handing out a limited number for free Powerball coupons.

Wright's prize was the third large Powerball prize won in Oregon this month. On Jan. 11, Reggie Pearne of Jacksonville, won $1 million playing Powerball. And on Jan. 4, Ronald Ceci of Grants Pass won $2 million playing Powerball. He selected the Power Play option for an additional $1, which doubled his prize to a total of $2 million.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Clackamas County, where the West Linn Lottery retailer is located, more than $55.5 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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Oregon Lottery to Present Lil' Pantry Market & Deli with $20,000 Selling Bonus Check - 01/16/18

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

WHERE: Lil' Pantry Market & Deli, 148 Merlin Road, Merlin, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $20,000 selling bonus check to representatives of the Lil' Pantry Market & Deli for selling a $2 million Powerball ticket. Lottery officials will also be handing out Powerball free plays at the event.

BACKGROUND: Ronald Ceci of Grants Pass won $2 million when his quick pick Powerball ticket had all but one number for the Saturday, Dec. 30 drawing. He purchased his ticket with the added $1 Power Play option, which gives players a chance to multiply their non-jackpot wins. Mr. Ceci will not be attending the event.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to representatives of Lil' Pantry Market & Deli and will also distribute a limited amount of Powerball free-play 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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Oregon Lottery to Present J'Ville Tavern with $10,000 Selling Bonus Check - 01/16/18

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

WHERE: J'Ville Tavern, 125 W. California Ave., Jacksonville, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $10,000 selling bonus check to representatives of the J'Ville Tavern for selling a $1 million Powerball ticket. Lottery officials will also be handing out Powerball free plays at the event.

BACKGROUND: Reggie Pearne of Jacksonville won $1 million playing Powerball by matching five numbers but missing the Powerball number on Jan. 3. Pearne purchased his ticket from the J'Ville Tavern for multiple draws, won $4 on the first draw and then $1,000,000 on the second draw. Pearne was one of two large Powerball winners from Southern Oregon this month. He won't be attending the event.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to representatives of J'Ville Tavern and will also distribute a limited amount of Powerball free-play 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

Jacksonville man wins $1,000,004 with Powerball ticket - 01/11/18

Jan. 11, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- When Reggie Pearne won $4 by matching the Powerball number he thought he was pretty lucky. A few days later, he matched five numbers and won $1,000,000.

"I bought the ticket for multiple drawings," Pearne said of his quick pick ticket with three sets of numbers. "I would say it was a pretty lucky ticket. If I could have just matched both the Powerball number and the other numbers, well I would have been very lucky."

When Pearne realized he had a $1 million ticket, he checked the numbers at least nine times.

"I found out at 1:09 a.m. and the only thing on my mind was 'what now?'" he said. Travelling to Salem to collect his prize was on his list.

Pearne's winning numbers were 2-18-37-39-42 but he missed the Powerball number of 24 for the Wednesday, Jan. 3 drawing. The jackpot on Jan. 3 was $460 million. Pearne purchased his ticket from the J'Ville Tavern in Jacksonville.

Jane Lee, owner of the Jacksonville tavern said she was very excited to learn they had sold a winning ticket. Lee's tavern will receive a 1-percent selling bonus of $10,000.

"We love it when people come in and buy tickets," she said. "When the jackpot gets high, people start buying them. We are a small, local bar and have been here since 1913. My family has owned the bar for 20 years, so it's nice to know that we can win Powerball too!"

Lee said she had renovations for the tavern planned, and was going to use the money to complete the project.

"This is perfect timing," she said. "We are doing some upgrading so it works out perfectly."

Pearne's prize was the second large Powerball prize won by someone in southern Oregon this month. On Jan. 4, Ronald Ceci of Grants Pass won $2 million playing Powerball. He selected the Power Play option for an additional $1, which doubled his prize to a total of $2 million. The Lil' Pantry Market & Deli in Merlin sold Ceci his ticket.

A $559 million winning Powerball ticket was sold in New Hampshire in the Jan. 6 drawing.

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $33 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Josephine County.

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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Grants Pass man wins $2 million, one matching number away from huge jackpot - 01/05/18

Jan. 5, 2018 - Salem, Ore. -- As the Powerball jackpot grows to more than half a billion dollars for Saturday's drawing, there is one Grants Pass man who was one matching number away from a very big jackpot.

Ronald Ceci of Grants Pass won $2 million when his quick pick Powerball ticket had all but one number for the Saturday, Dec. 30 drawing. He purchased his ticket with the added $1 Power Play option, which gives players a chance to multiply their non-jackpot wins. He was one of seven people nationwide who have won $2 million since Oct. 28, 2017.

Ceci said he put the ticket in sun visor of his car and didn't check it until Wednesday. When he stopped by the store to scan the ticket, the clerk was more nervous than he was when he found out he won.

"He was very excited and shaking," Ceci said. "He gave my wife a hug and was shaking like a leaf."

The retired cabinet builder said he had home improvement projects planned for the money.

He purchased the ticket at the Lil' Pantry Market & Deli in Merlin. He is a regular player who said he tries to buy a Powerball ticket each week. His numbers were 28-36-41-51-58 but missed the Powerball of 15. By adding Power Play, the $1 million "second prize" automatically becomes a $2 million prize, regardless of the Power Play multiplier.

Dale Hurst, president and owner of the Lil' Pantry Market & Deli LLC, said this was the second time the store in Merlin had sold a seven-figure winning ticket. The Merlin store sold a $1 million Mega Millions ticket in 2013. For the current $2 million win, Hurst's neighborhood market will receive a 1-percent selling bonus of $20,000.

"I am very excited for the store as we will be giving bonuses to the managers and person who sold the ticket," he said. "That's what we did last time with the monies left we will put it into improvements for the store."

There is another southern Oregon prize that has yet to be claimed from the Wednesday, Jan. 3 drawing. Someone who purchased a ticket in Jacksonville won $1 million. They have yet to claim their prize. It was one of five tickets that was worth $1 million nationwide. More than 3 million tickets nationwide won prizes during Wednesday's drawing.

The Powerball jackpot is an estimated $570 million for Saturday's drawing. This will be the 5th largest Powerball jackpot and the 7th largest U.S. lottery jackpot. For the first time in game history, both Powerball and Mega Millions have advertised jackpots above $400 million at the same time. The last time a Powerball jackpot was hit was Oct. 25, 2017. Last January, a world-record Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion was won with three winning tickets: one in California, one in Florida and one in Tennessee.

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $10.7 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Josephine County.

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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St. Patrick's Day Raffle Tickets on Sale Dec. 31 - 12/26/17

December 26, 2017 - Salem, Ore. -- Offering over 1,800 cash prizes, ticket sales for the Oregon Lottery's 10th annual St. Patrick's Day Raffle?"? begin Sunday, Dec. 31. Each St. Patrick's Day ticket costs $10.

The St. Patrick's Day Raffle offers the best odds of any Oregon Lottery game of winning $1 million.

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

The Lottery will release the winning numbers at 5 a.m., Friday, Mar. 16. To check the winning numbers for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle, players can go to www.oregonlottery.org or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail location.

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.

Overall odds of winning a prize are 1 in 138.8.

Raffle History
- The 2009 St. Patrick's Day Raffle was the Lottery's first Raffle game
- Chuck Mikes of Camas, WA was the first $1 million top prize winner
- The 2018 St. Patrick's Day Raffle is the 10th St. Patrick's Day Raffle
- The 2010 Thanksgiving Raffle doubled the number of tickets and prizes offering 500,000 tickets and two $1 million top prizes
- Since 2009, the Lottery has offered 15 Raffle games: St. Patrick's Day Raffle (9), Thanksgiving Raffle (4), 4th of July Raffle (2), and Halloween Raffle (2)

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 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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