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David Brown of Fairview won more than $80,000 playing Keno 8-Spot.
David Brown of Fairview won more than $80,000 playing Keno 8-Spot.
Fairview man hits homerun with $80,000 Keno win (Photo) - 07/19/18

July 19, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – David Brown of Fairview knows exactly what he is going to do with his $80,884 Keno 8-Spot win – go see his Chicago Cubs.

“I had a trip to Chicago planned and now I am going to go see the Cubs play the Cardinals,” he said. “I got to see them last year in Phoenix and now I can see them at Wrigley Field.”

Brown said he is a 40-year Cubs fan and his Lottery win comes at a great time, just before his trip.

“I like to get my Keno tickets and then ignore the Keno board and scan them afterward,” he said. “That way I am surprised. I like being surprised.”

Brown was playing Video Lottery games at the Lighthouse in Oregon City when one of the clerks noticed someone had hit the Keno rolling 8-Spot jackpot. When players play the Keno 8-Spot, if no one has selected all eight numbers drawn, the rolling jackpot continues to grow.

“I scanned it and that’s when it said it was a high-tier win!” Brown said. “I immediately signed the back of the ticket and then checked online to see exactly how much I had won. I had a hint that I might have won, but when I saw it I was definitely surprised.”

Brown received $25,000 for matching all eight numbers, and $54,134 for the rolling jackpot on his quick pick ticket. In addition, Brown had a second quick pick ticket worth $1,750 for matching seven of eight numbers.
During the 2015-17 biennium in Multnomah County, where the Brown lives, more than $109 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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$1.1 million in Powerball prizes are still unclaimed - 07/16/18

July 16, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – While the $150 million winning Powerball ticket was claimed last week, there are several other Powerball prizes that have gone unclaimed.

More than $1.1 million in Powerball prizes are scheduled to expire this November if players with the winning tickets don’t come forward. Prizes are good for one year from the draw date of the game. Two of the unclaimed prizes were purchased in Portland and one in Troutdale. Prizes that are not claimed are transferred to the state Economic Development Fund.

The largest of the unclaimed prizes is a $1 million Powerball prize that was won last November 25. The ticket was sold in Portland 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.

There are also two $50,000 Powerball prizes from the Nov. 15 drawing that are also still unclaimed. Players matched four numbers and the Powerball. The numbers for that draw are 23-32-44-48-50 with a Powerball of 25.

“I don’t know anyone who would turn down a $50,000 prize,” said Patrick Johnson, public information specialist with the Oregon Lottery. “Anyone who purchased Powerball tickets in the Portland area back in November make sure you check your tickets. If you have a winning ticket, sign the back immediately and claim it at the Oregon Lottery.”

All unclaimed prizes go into the state’s Economic Development Fund. Each year approximately $5 million 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.

There is also an unclaimed $50,000 Win for Life prize which was sold in Portland on Sept. 30 of 2017.

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

Nickell Wins Powerball Millions - 07/13/18

July 13, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – Steven Nickell of Salem still can’t believe the ticket he had in his wallet for two weeks was the $150.4 million Powerball jackpot winner.

Nickell purchased the ticket at the Circle K on Liberty Street in Salem, and said that he usually picks up tickets, then checks them when he goes to lunch. After he had a burger, he scanned his tickets and realized he needed to go to the Lottery headquarters – he thought he had won at least $600.

“When the clerk told me that wins over $600 have to go to the Lottery office, I thought I could buy my wife something nice for the 4th of July,” he said. “I had no idea that ticket was worth $150 million!”

Nickell took the ticket home, and about an hour before his wife got home, checked the numbers.

“I looked at ticket and couldn’t stop shaking!” he said.

When Nickell told his wife, they went into action, hiring a financial planner and lawyer. They also said they are going to be very careful with the $61 million lump sum they will receive after taxes.

“At first I felt guilty I won,” he said. “Then I realized that I’m the guy that gets to stand up and say BINGO! We all play the game, it just so happens I’m the guy who got to win this time.”

Nickell said he is happy to know his family will be taken care of in the future because of his win – and how he is being careful with the money.

Nickell’s win is the third largest Lottery win since the Oregon Lottery started in 1984. This is the fifth time a ticket sold in Oregon has won the Powerball jackpot prize. Previous winners include Dan Gannon of Milwaukie who won $182.7 million in 2006; The West and Chaney families of Medford who won $340 million in 2005; Robin Powell of Beaverton who won $33.8 million in 1999; and the Givens family of Eugene who won $38.4 million in 1992.

Powerball is a multi-state jackpot operated by 44 states, plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. By pooling a portion of each lottery’s Powerball sales, this game is able to offer players jackpots of far greater value than any lottery could offer alone.

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 Marion County, where the Salem winner and Lottery retailer are located, more than $55.2 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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$150 million Powerball jackpot winner to be announced - 07/13/18

Lottery to hold press conference regarding claimed $150 million Powerball prize

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: 10 a.m., Friday, July 13, 2018

WHERE: Oregon Lottery Headquarters, 500 Airport Road SE, Salem, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will announce the winner of the $150.4 million Powerball jackpot. An Oregon Lottery player matched all numbers drawn in the June 20th Powerball jackpot draw. The winning ticket was sold at the Circle K on Liberty St. in Salem. A Circle K representative will also be at the Friday morning event. The winner claimed the prize on Thursday and will not be at the event Friday morning.

BACKGROUND: On June 20, an Oregon Lottery player won the $150.4 million Powerball jackpot prize by matching the numbers 4-14-23-27-56 and a power ball of 13. The winning ticket, sold in Salem, was the only ticket sold to have all the winning numbers. More than 6,800 winning tickets, with smaller prizes, were sold in Oregon during the June 20 drawing.

This is the fifth time a ticket sold in Oregon has won the Powerball jackpot prize. Previous winners include Dan Gannon of Milwaukie who won $182.7 million in 2006; The West and Chaney families of Medford who won $340 million in 2005; Robin Powell of Beaverton who won $33.8 million in 1999; and the Givens family of Eugene who won $38.4 million in 1992.

Powerball is a multi-state jackpot operated by 44 states, plus the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. By pooling a portion of each lottery’s Powerball sales, this game is able to offer players jackpots of far greater value than any lottery could offer alone.

VISUALS: Oregon Lottery officials will announce the winner of the $150 million Powerball jackpot.

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 7-Eleven with $73,000 Selling Bonus Check Thursday - 07/02/18

Central Point man won $7.3 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot in June

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Noon, Thursday, July 5, 2018

WHERE: 7-Eleven, 345 S. Front Street, Central Point, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will present a $73,000 selling bonus check to representatives of 7-Eleven for selling a $7.3 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket. Lottery officials will also be handing out a limited number of free Oregon’s Game Megabucks tickets at the event.

BACKGROUND: Charles Svitak (pronounced ‘Swee-Tok’) of Central Point won $7.3 million playing Oregon’s Game Megabucks when he purchased two “mistake” tickets a clerk at the 7-Eleven store in Central Point accidently printed. At first Svitak was going to purchase just one of the tickets, but went back and got the second “mistake” ticket. The second ticket turned out to be the jackpot winner. Svitak purchased a new truck and said he was going to be traveling during his retirement. Svitak said he may attend the event. 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 7-Eleven and will also distribute a limited amount of free 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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Riddle man wins Lottery week before retirement - 06/27/18

June 27, 2018 - Salem, Ore. – A Riddle man won the top prize of the Win for Life game and will take home $1,000 per week for life. He was set to retire from his millwright job a week from today.

Richard Nelson of Riddle will now receive $1,000 per week for life, thanks to his big Oregon Lottery win. He matched all four numbers for the Saturday, June 23 drawing. He purchased the ticket at a 1 AM Market on Main Street in Riddle. Nelson said he likes playing Win for Life and checks his tickets every Thursday and Sunday.

“I went into the market and scanned it and it said I have to go to the Lottery office,” he said. “I went to the clerk and had her check it. She told me she couldn’t pay more than $500, so I figured it was $501.”

Nelson then had the winning numbers printed out and when he checked his ticket, was in for quite the shock.

“I nearly fainted,” he said. “I am retiring on July 5, so this comes at a perfect time.”

Nelson, who has been a millwright for 18 years said he is going to use the money for retirement and spending time with his grandchildren.

“It didn’t really sink in until I got the check,” Nelson said. “I’m still a little rattled.”

Nelson will now receive a $1,000 per week for the rest of his life.  

The 1 AM Market will receive a retailer sales bonus of $13,000, which is 1-percent of the 25 years of prizes Nelson will receive.

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $25 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Douglas County, where Nelson lives.

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

$7.3 million Megabucks ticket was a lucky mistake - 06/22/18

June 22, 2018 – Salem, Ore. – The $7.3 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks winning ticket started out as a lucky mistake.
When Charles Svitak (pronounced ‘Swee-Tok’) of Central Point noticed the Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot was more than $7 million, he went to his local 7-Eleven to pick up a ticket. When he went to buy the ticket, the clerk told him that there were two mistake tickets that had already been printed, and offered him the chance to purchase them. Svitak opted to buy one of the two tickets.
Svitak said he went out to his vehicle, thought about it, then went back in and purchased the other mistake ticket – a decision that turned out to be worth $7.3 million.
“When I checked the ticket on my computer I couldn’t believe it,” Svitak, who works a graveyard shift in Medford, said. “The first thing I thought is that I had worked my last graveyard shift. It was a very good day.”
Svitak immediately traveled to Salem to claim his prize – without telling his wife.
“On the way home I got a new truck and put the oversized check they gave me on the windshield,” he said. “Then I took her out to show her truck and she realized I won the lottery. She hasn’t stopped giggling since.”
Svitak took the lump sum option and was given a check for $3.65 million for his prize. The couple said they are talking to a financial planner and said they planned on traveling and purchasing a couple of new vehicles with the winnings.
The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven on Front Street in Central Point on Saturday, June 16 -- the day of the draw. Svitak became the 284th Oregon’s Game Megabucks millionaire since Nov. 20, 1985, when the game first launched. William Breese of Portand was the last Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot winner, $8.9 million, in March.
During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $34 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Jackson County, where Svitak lives.
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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