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Oregon Lottery to hand out free Scratch-its to celebrate $3 million Mega Millions win (Photo) - 08/20/19

Oregon Lottery to celebrate $3 million Mega Millions win at Jacksonville Chevron

Jacksonville man ties for Oregon’s largest Mega Millions prize

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, August 21, 2019

WHERE: Jacksonville Chevron, 945 N 5th Street, Jacksonville, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $30,000 selling bonus check to representatives of Jacksonville Chevron for selling a winning $3 million Mega Millions ticket. That ties the record for the largest Mega Millions prize since Oregon began offering the game in 2010. Lottery officials will also be handing out a limited number of free promotional Scratch-it tickets at the event.

BACKGROUND: Martin Olverson from Jacksonville won $3 million playing Mega Millions. He hit five numbers but missed the Megaball, however he did spend an extra dollar on the “Megaplier” which increased his $1 million prize to $3 million. He is the second person to win $3 million playing Mega Millions this year. Ann Mingis of Springfield also won $3 million in January, and at the time that was the largest Mega Millions prize in Oregon since the game came to the state in 2010.

During the 2015-17 biennium more than $34.7 million lottery dollars were directed to Jackson County’s state parks, school districts, watershed enhancement projects and economic development.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to representatives of Jacksonville Chevron and will also distribute a limited amount of free promotional Scratch-it tickets to patrons of the store.

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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Media Advistoy - 08/13/19

Salem, Ore; Aug. 13:

Advance 24-draw quick-pick Powerball tickets printed between Friday, Aug. 10 and Monday, Aug. 12 listed incorrect dates for the Oct. 26, 29 and Nov. 2 draws. While the dates on the tickets are off by one day, the tickets are valid for the actual draws.

A coding mistake in the Powerball ticketing system caused the draw dates to print one day off on approximately 30 tickets. A player brought the issue to Lottery’s attention on Monday Aug. 12, and Lottery’s gaming vendor worked immediately on a fix. Tickets are printing correctly today.

Players who purchased Powerball tickets that included the Oct. 26, 29 and Nov. 2 draws have two options: hold on to the ticket and present it for validation if winning numbers are drawn for any of the draws listed; or contact Lottery at 503-540-1000, or lottery.webcenter@state.or.us, to arrange a new ticket with the same numbers.  

Oregon Lottery to Present Happy Valley Jacksons with Giant Oregon's Game Megabucks Check - 08/13/19

The Happy Valley store sold the winning $6.5 million ticket

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Noon, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WHERE: Jacksons Food Stores #529, 10725 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized display check to representatives of Jacksons for selling the winning Oregon’s Game Megabucks $6.5 million jackpot ticket. Lottery officials will also be handing out a limited number of free promotional Scratch-it tickets at the event.

BACKGROUND: William Bowker of Milwaukie nearly threw out his winning $6.5 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket after his granddaughter checked the numbers, but used the Mega Millions results rather than the correct Megabucks results. The 94-year-old Bowker, who is an U.S. Air Force veteran, double checked the ticket and realized he had won the jackpot.

Bowker said he is sharing the prize with the family. He took the one-time payment and after taxes took home $2.2 million.

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $55.5 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Clackamas County, where Bowker lives and purchased the ticket. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will present an over-sized ceremonial check to representatives of the Happy Valley Jacksons and will also distribute a limited amount of free promotional Scratch-it tickets to patrons of the store.

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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"We won double what we thought!" (Photo) - 08/09/19

August 9, 2019 - Salem, Ore. – Last week a man from Jacksonville became the fifth Oregon Lottery multi-million-dollar winner from the Southern Oregon town of a population of less than 3,000.

When Martin Oliverson of Jacksonville claimed his $3 million Mega Millions prize, he didn’t realize that since the prize wasn’t the overall jackpot, he would receive the whole amount, minus taxes. “I thought we had the choice of taking the annuity or the lump sum payment,” Oliverson said. “I was going to take the lump sum, and figured they would take half of the prize, then take taxes out. My wife had to sit down when we learned that since this isn’t the top prize, we get the entire $3 million. We won double what we thought!”

Oliverson matched five numbers, 10-24-28-33-38, but missed the Megaball of 6 with his quick pick ticket. He also added the extra $1 Megaplier option, which multiplies non-jackpot prizes. For July 30 drawing, the Megaplier drawn was X3. This turned his $1 million prize into $3 million and ties him for the largest Mega Millions winner in Oregon history. Ann Mingus of Springfield also won $3 million playing Mega Millions in January, making 2019 a very good year for Oregon Mega Millions winners.

“We are very blessed,” Oliverson said.

He was the only player to match five of five white ball numbers for the July 30 drawing. If Oliverson’s ticket had matched the Megaball number he would have won the $45 million jackpot for the July 30 drawing. The jackpot for the Friday, August 9 drawing is an estimated $60 million.

Oliverson purchased the ticket from the Jacksonville Chevron station on North 5th Street. They will receive a 1-percent selling bonus, $30,000, for selling the winning ticket.    Casey Hayes, general manager, said it was great to see Lottery winners in Southern Oregon.

“This is exciting for us both locally and it’s a great deal for us,” Hayes said.

Oliverson is the latest person to join the exclusive club of Lottery winners from Jacksonville. Since 2001, there have been five jackpot winners from Jacksonville. Lottery officials have referred to the city as “Jackpot-ville.” It is the location of the largest jackpot winner in Oregon history, a $340 million Powerball prize that was claimed by the Chaney and West families in October 2005.

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. 7 at 8 p.m. is $60 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 more than $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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Double-checking ticket saves $6.5 million Oregon's Game Megabuck prize (Photo) - 08/02/19

August 2, 2019 - Salem, Ore. – After a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force, 94-year-old William Bowker, a former pilot, knows a thing or two about double-checking himself. In this case, double checking saved him from throwing away a $6.5 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket.
When Bowker’s granddaughter visited, she checked his Lottery tickets; he is a regular player of the draw games with high payouts.
“She thought it was a Mega Million ticket, and started circling matching numbers on the ticket,” Bowker said. “But they were for the wrong game. I had an Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket. She got done, and later, I thought I should double-check it before throwing it away. I am glad I did. I immediately thought — BOOM! I won!”
Turns out one line of numbers on the ticket, without a single number circled, included the winning numbers. His winning numbers were 14-32-41-43-44-47.
“You can still see where she circled the wrong numbers!” he said.
The first thing the 94 -year-old Bowker did was call a family meeting to discuss the prize and how to use it. In fact, his daughter is a tax attorney, and Bowker plans to share his prize among his family members. He opted to take the bulk sum payment of $3.25 million. After taxes he took home $2.2 million.
“I have what I need, and I’m 94,” he said. “This is a wonderful way to help my family.”
Bowker purchased the ticket at the Jackson’s Food Store on SE 82nd Ave. in Happy Valley and used quick pick numbers. His $5 ticket had 10 numbers and, in addition to the $6.5 million jackpot, he also won a free Megabucks ticket. Jackson’s officials said they were very excited about selling the winning ticket and that it’s the largest ticket they have sold in Oregon so far. The company will receive a 1-percent selling bonus totaling $65,000 for selling the winning ticket.
“Jacksons is thrilled for our customer to have won the lottery, and we are happy to be the retailer to sell the winning Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket,” said Katrina Lemmon, advertising and promotions manager for Jacksons Food Stores. “We are especially happy to find out the winner is a retired Air Force Pilot.”
During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $55 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Clackamas County, where Bowker lives and purchased the ticket. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.
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 nearly $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks, Veterans services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org
 

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Sports betting returns to Oregon this fall with Oregon Lottery Scoreboard (Photo) - 08/01/19

Salem, Ore, July 31: The Oregon Lottery today released the name and logo of Oregon Lottery Scoreboard – an online sports book allowing players aged 21 and over, to wager on nearly every professional sport.  This is the Oregon Lottery’s first entry into online sales and gameplay with plans to add in-venue sports betting at select Oregon Lottery retail locations in the coming months.
Upon online registration and verification, players may fund their accounts and set wagers on a variety of professional sports including NFL, NBA, MLS, NWSL, MLB and even NASCAR. Betting options cover a wide variety as well, including single-game wagers, parlay, live, in-game betting and more. Geolocation services will ensure Oregon Lottery Scoreboard play occurs within state boundaries, and not on Tribal lands.
Testing is underway on the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard mobile app and desktop computer interface to ensure the game, and player accounts, are fully functional and secure prior to release.  Lottery is targeting a launch in time for the NFL regular season.