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Oregon Lottery to Present Oregon Avenue Food Mart Customers With Free Prizes - 03/20/19

Oregon Avenue Food Mart sells $100,000 ticket

WHO: Oregon Lottery officials

WHEN: Noon, Thursday, March 21, 2019

WHERE: Oregon Avenue Food Mart, 2075 Oregon Avenue, Klamath Falls, OR

WHAT: Oregon Lottery officials will hold a retailer winner celebration at the Oregon Avenue Food Mart in Klamath Falls. The market sold a $100,000 Oregon Lottery Cash Attack Scratch-It ticket earlier this month.

BACKGROUND: William Blackwell Jr. won $100,000 after purchasing two “Cash Attack” Scratch-Its at the Oregon Avenue Food Mart. He was out for a walk when he stopped for something to drink and purchased the tickets on a whim. Blackwell, who is also from Klamath Falls, said he was going to put maroon carpet in his home with the money.

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $15 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Klamath County, where Blackwell 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 Oregon Avenue Food Mart and will also distribute a limited amount of free promotional prizes 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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Pinch me, I'm a millionaire! (Photo) - 03/20/19

March 20, 2019 - Salem, Ore. – Steve Seaquist got pinched a lot on St. Patrick’s Day, but it wasn’t because he wasn’t wearing green.

“I checked my Raffle ticket Saturday night and realized I’d won,” Seaquist said. “I kept asking my wife to pinch me, because I thought I was dreaming.”

Seaquist and his wife Shirley were the top prize winners of the 2019 Oregon Lottery Raffle, winning the $1 million prize after purchasing four tickets. After taxes the couple took home $680,000.

“We spread the tickets out, so we buy them at the beginning, the middle and the end,” he said.

Seaquist purchased the winning ticket at the Newberg Safeway. Seaquist and his wife had talked with a financial planner and attorney before claiming the prize, following the advice the Lottery gives to all jackpot winners.

“We are going to put it into savings and see what happens,” Seaquist said. “We want to wait 12 months before doing anything. We are going to keep it for our retirement, we are going to help our kids and donate some to our church and the Portland Mission.”

The winning number was 098200. There are a total of 1801 winning tickets, with $1 million prize, 300 prizes of $500 and 1,500 prizes of $100.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Yamhill County, where Seaquist lives and purchased the ticket, more than $14.2 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement. The Newberg School District received more than $3.8 million during that same time from Oregon Lottery funding.

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, Veterans services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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A lucky month for Win for Life players (Photo) - 03/18/19

March 18, 2019 - Salem, Ore. – Oregon Lottery Win for Life players have reason to celebrate this spring, as three top prizes were awarded in less than a month.

The top prize for Win for Life is $1,000 per week for the rest of the life of the winner. Drawings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Prior to these most recent top prize winners, there was a three-year drought from 2014-2017 with no top prize winner. However, already in 2019, three of the top prizes have been awarded.

It started on February 12, when Robert East of Fairview won the top prize. East took the prize as a weekly $1,000 payment. He said he will use the prize for retirement and purchased the ticket at CJs Pub in Fairview.

Then in March it was an incredibly lucky month for Win for Life players, with two top prizes being awarded within three days of each other. On March 5, Sondra Lundy of Springfield claimed her top prize from a ticket she purchased at The Pour House Tavern.

Three days later, on March 8, Steven Henning of Eugene hit the third Win for Life prize. He purchased his ticket from Dari Mart in Eugene. All three winners opted to take their jackpots as weekly, $1,000 prizes, for the rest of their lives.

“If this keeps up, Win for Life is going to be the game to play in 2019,” said Patrick Johnson, Lottery spokesperson. “Normally there is a Win for Life top prize winner that comes every now and then, but sometimes the random nature of the Lottery will surprise you, just ask our winners!”

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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Winning $1 million Oregon Lottery Raffle number (Photo) - 03/15/19

Winning $1 Million Top Prize Number: 098200

The complete list of all 1,801 winning 2019 Raffle numbers can be found on the Lottery’s website at oregonlottery.org/raffle. Players can also check their Raffle tickets at any Oregon Lottery retail location.

 Prizes for the Raffle include:

  • One $1 million top prize
  • 300 prizes of $500
  • 1,500 prizes of $100

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.

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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Website provides more tools to help Oregonians with gambling issues (Photo) - 03/14/19

The Oregon Problem Gambling Resources website has undergone a remodel to help connect those who may have gambling problems with services and resources to help them. 

The new website provides a clean un-cluttered modern design that incorporates improved functionality and enhanced content. The updated site serves as a platform to highlight resources available for the gambler themselves as well as for others who may be affected by someone else’s gambling. The website offers many ways for visitors to access resources in their communities, as well as text or chat online with someone regarding help available or call directly by using the 1-877- MY-LIMIT phone number to talk with a trained professional. 

The OPGR.org website remodel was a collaboration between the Oregon Health Authority, local community problem gambling treatment and prevention providers, Oregon Council on Problem Gambling, Voices of Problem Gambling, and the Oregon Lottery.

“The goal of the OPGR.org website is to educate the public about the risks associated with gambling behaviors,” said Oregon Lottery Associate Program Manager Krystal Smith. “Additionally, the website helps improve the awareness of free treatment and recovery services available around the state of Oregon.”

The Oregon problem gambling helpline was established in 2001 and receives about 1,000 calls each year. Trained professional staff members are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to listen, educate, answer questions and refer people to free and confidential services. In 2015, the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources website, OPGR.org, was introduced as an additional resource and a way for people impacted by gambling behavior to find information and access to treatment options in their community.

To provide multi-cultural support, the website and other materials continue to be supported in Spanish and provide direct access to resources via the Spanish helpline number 1-844-TU VALES or by visiting opgr.org/es.

Along with this website remodel, there will be a cohesive look and feel among all problem gambling resource materials developed such as, posters, brochures, outdoor advertising, digital and other printed support pieces.

Visit http://www.OPGR.org and scroll through the newly remodeled website for more information and options available.

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Roofer of 40 years hits $50,000 Powerball prize (Photo) - 03/11/19

March 11, 2019 - Salem, Ore. – Robert Staley of Myrtle Creek still can’t believe he was just one number away from hitting a Powerball jackpot.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to win $50,000, but it really messes with you that you were one number away,” Staley said laughing.

Staley uses his family’s birthdays for his numbers and has been playing them for years. He purchased the ticket at McKay’s Market in Myrtle Point.

“We hit all the birthdays but the number we missed was a 32, hard to win when there isn’t a month with 32 days in it!” he said. “But they hit and so we will take it!”

The winning numbers on the Feb. 23 drawing were 04-06-14-20-32- with a Powerball of 13. Staley hit all the numbers but the 39 to win $50,000. He also won $4.

Staley, who re-roofs houses on the coast, said he was going to pay off his house with the money.

“It will be nice to owe nothing on my house, that will be great,” he said.

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $25.7 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Douglas County, where Staley 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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New reports, photos, assist in reporting on Oregon Lottery (Photo) - 03/06/19

March 6, 2019 - Salem, Ore. – The Oregon Lottery has released its 2018 Snapshot and Responsible Gaming Impact Report. Both documents include data and information reporters may find useful when covering Lottery-related news stories throughout the year.

Also included in this advisory are Oregon-specific product photos, as well as current Lottery logos.

2018 Snapshot

https://oregonlottery.org/microsites/snapshot/

The 2018 Oregon Lottery Snapshot, the report that highlights what was accomplished in 2018 and where the organization is headed in 2019, was released earlier this year. This annual document provides background information on the following:

  • How much Lottery revenue was transfer to important state programs in 2018
  • How Oregon Lottery funds are allocated
  • The number people who took advantage of problem gambling prevention and treatment services funded by Oregon Lottery dollars.
  • Winner, retailer and beneficiary stories.
  • The top 10 winners in 2018.

2018 Responsible Gaming Program – Impacts Report 2018

https://oregonlottery.org/microsites/impacts-report/

Oregon is ranked second in the nation on spending, per capita, on problem gambling programs. In addition to the mandated 1-percent of Lottery revenue that is directed for problem gambling prevention and treatment, the agency also invests more than $3 million annually to implement a comprehensive responsible gaming program. The report details significant impacts resulting from this investment for fiscal year 2018. In the report you will find:

  • World Lottery Association Level 4 Responsible Gaming Certification
  • Responsible gaming by the numbers
  • What we measure
  • Breakdown of responsible gambling ad results
  • Page views on OPGR.org
  • Retailer training breakdown
  • Oregon Lottery mobile app tools

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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William Blackwell Jr. shows his winning ticket.
Stop Before Daily Walk Nets $100,000 Win (Photo) - 03/04/19

March 4, 2019 - Salem, Ore. – William Blackwell Jr. thinks he is winning when he gets his walk in at Moore Park in Klamath Falls. But not only did he get his walk, but also $100,000 after stopping for something to drink and an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it.

“I walk every day at Moore Park and I stopped on the way to get a Lottery ticket,” Blackwell said. “When I stopped at the gas station, I thought I should get some tickets. I got two of the Cash Attack tickets, if I hadn’t gotten that second ticket, I wouldn’t have won.”

Blackwell said that he has won smaller amounts playing Scratch-its before from the gas station and store on Oregon Avenue, but nothing this large.

“I just put maroon carpet in my home,” he said. “The winnings are going toward me rolling out the red carpet!”

Blackwell also said he was going to help his mom and buy a better car with the money.

“This still hasn’t sunk in that I won,” he said. “All I know is I am spreading the wealth. I am going to help my mom and give the clerk who sold me the tickets a tip.”

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $15 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Klamath County, where Blackwell lives and purchased the ticket.


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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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (Photo) - 02/28/19

For the 15th year, the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling dedicates March to help increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment and recovery services.  This coincides with the National Problem Gambling Awareness Month whose campaign theme is “Awareness + Action.”

“Problem gambling directly affects approximately 2.6 percent of adult Oregonians yet it remains largely not talked about,” said Oregon Council on Problem Gambling Executive Director Thomas Moore.  “That’s why we participate in National Council on Problem Gambling campaign. It’s all about helping raise awareness of this addiction and the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling.”  

National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a grassroots effort that brings together a wide range of stakeholders - public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators – who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist.

“Creating awareness of problem gambling and available resources is a statewide commitment that is reflected in the official proclamation that Oregon Lottery and the Oregon Health Authority worked with the Governor’s office to develop,” added Lottery’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Stacy Shaw, who is also an officer on the National Council on Problem Gambling board.

Last year, visits to the Oregon Problem Gambling Resource website (www.oprg.org) increased dramatically during March as result of all the focused marketing and outreach efforts.

“It’s inspiring that a grassroots campaign can have a measurable and meaningful statewide impact,” said Moore, “and we are working for even greater results in 2019.”

Shaw agreed.

“This year we are focusing on letting people know that in Oregon treatment is really free, a message that’s important to people struggling with gambling issues,” she said.

Roger Nyquist, a member of the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling as well as an Oregon Lottery retailer and county commissioner said awareness about treatment is key.

“I recognize the importance of an ongoing focus to ensure community awareness of the risks associated with gambling and the resources available for both prevention and treatment,” he said. “The impact of problem gambling extends beyond the gambler, affecting families, friends and communities.”

The Oregon Lottery’s commitment to problem gambling support is year-round. Since 1992, one percent of Oregon Lottery profits has funded problem gambling treatment and prevention efforts throughout Oregon. Since that time, nearly $100 million in Lottery funds has supported those services, with $6.2 million allocated in 2018 alone

Additionally, this year the Oregon Lottery became the only lottery in the United States that sells video lottery to earn the World Lottery Association's highest level of certification in the field of responsible gaming. The Oregon Lottery joined a select group of only eight other lotteries in the U.S. having received that level of certification from the WLA.

To get help for a gambling problem for you or a loved one, call 1-877-MYLIMIT.  Treatment is free, confidential and it works. For more information about problem gambling, how to have the conversation or to chat with a specialist, go to Oregon Problem Gambling Resource at opgr.org. 

About the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling

The Oregon Council on Problem Gambling is the state affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling. Its purpose is to promote the health of Oregonians by supporting efforts to minimize gambling related harm. Board members include stakeholders from the gaming industry, the treatment and prevention field, the recovery community and state and county administrators.

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Oregon Lottery Earns WLA's Level 4 Responsible Gaming Certification (Photo) - 02/26/19

February 26, 2019 - Salem, Ore. The Oregon Lottery was named the only lottery in the United States that sells video lottery to have received the World Lottery Association's highest level of certification in the field of responsible gaming. The Oregon Lottery is one of only eight other lotteries in the U.S. having received that certification.

"In 2018, the WLA independent assessment panel certified the Oregon Lottery at Level 4," said Lottery Senior Product Marketing Manager Stacy Shaw, who lead the Lottery's team in putting the submission together and serves on the National Council on Problem Gambling board. "Level 4 is the highest level of certification through WLA and recognizes lotteries that have embedded responsible gaming into their organization's goals, governance, management processes and who have also made responsible gaming a key component of their corporate culture.

"Promoting responsible gaming practices and connecting people to help when needed is as integral to our mission as maximizing revenue," said Director Barry Pack.

The Oregon Lottery submission was validated by an independent auditor and judged by an international panel for the WLA's Responsible Gaming Framework. The panel awarded the certification based on Oregon Lottery's achievements associated with the seven responsible gaming principles and 10 responsible gaming program elements outlined in the WLA's Responsible Gaming Framework.

The WLA represents the interests of some 150 members from 84 countries. Click here to learn more about the WLA.

Since 1992, nearly $100 million in Oregon Lottery revenues has funded free, confidential and effective problem gambling education and treatment. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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