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50,000 reasons to faint - 01/15/21

Jan. 15, 2021 - Salem, Ore. – When most people stop on the way to work, they pick up coffee, tea or a soda. Diana C. of Salem decided to pick up something a little more substantial, a $50,000 Powerball prize. 

“I normally don’t buy tickets,” Dianna said when she claimed her prize, “but I saw that the jackpots were so big, I decided to get $10 of Powerball.” 

Thursday morning, back at work at the Marion County Juvenile Department, she noticed the ticket in her purse and decided to check the numbers. 

“I saw I hit the Powerball, so I knew I won some money,” she said. “When I looked at the other numbers, I almost fainted. I’m not going to lie.” 

She couldn’t contain her excitement and decided to share the news with some co-workers, and then called to make her appointment to claim that prize at the Oregon Lottery that same day. She had hit four out of five numbers and the Powerball on her quick pick ticket.  

“I am going to play some more, the big prize is still out there,” she said. “I am going to use this to pay off some bills and it’s nice to have that peace of mind.” 

Saturday’s Powerball drawing is an estimated $640 million, which would be a $478.7 million cash value. If won, it will be the fifth largest jackpot in Powerball game history and the ninth largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. This is the highest the Powerball jackpot has been since March 2019, and it’s causing an increase in sales in lottery tickets all around Oregon. 

Diana purchased her winning ticket at the US Market on Cherry Avenue in Keizer. Sam Singh, owner of the store, said that as the jackpots for both Powerball and Mega Millions have been growing, he has seen more and more customers add lottery tickets to their purchases. 

“It’s always this way when the jackpots get this big,” he said. “Having a winner like this will help sales, because they think it could happen to them.” 

Before Diana’s $50,000 win, Singh said the biggest winning ticket he had sold was in the $30,000 to $40,000 range. 

“This is very exciting and I feel great,” he said. “We hope to sell more, and even the big one. My advice to players is to buy more tickets. As much as you play, it increases your chances to win.” 

 

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 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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Hermiston Man Wins $100,000 Powerball Prize - 01/13/21

Jan. 13, 2021 - Salem, Ore. – Laurie Longhorn, manager of the Short Stop #1 in Hermiston thinks she will see even more customers come in tonight after her store sold a $100,000 winning Powerball ticket last week. 

“The higher the jackpot gets, the more people come in,” Longhorn said. “With this news we might see even more people.” 

Bradley Plate of Hermiston purchased his winning ticket at the Short Stop #1 in Hermiston. Plate’s Powerball ticket for the Saturday, Jan. 9 Powerball drawing matched four of the white ball numbers, leaving one white ball number and the power ball number unmatched. By matching those four numbers, and wisely adding the Power Play multiplier option, Plate’s $50,000 prize was doubled to $100,000, thanks to the Power Play multiplier of 2 that was drawn for that drawing. The jackpot was $470 million for the Jan. 9 drawing.  

The Powerball jackpot, currently at $550 million for the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing, is the ninth largest jackpot in the game’s history. According to Longhorn, that type of jackpot, and Thursday night’s $750 million Mega Millions jackpot are bringing some joy to retailers facing difficult times this year. 

Longhorn said her store sold a larger Keno jackpot a few years ago, but to her knowledge, this is the largest prize they have sold. 

“This really is awesome news, it would be amazing if we sold the jackpot ticket tonight,” Longhorn said. “We have lots more people coming in and getting tickets. Customers always tell us if they win the big one they will come back and give some to us.” 

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 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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Oregon Lottery Raffle Tickets on Sale (Photo) - 01/04/21

What better way to say goodbye to 2020 than to win $1 million in 2021.

The Oregon Lottery’s 19th Raffle game, with its $1 million top prize, is on sale now.

The Raffle game features over 1,800 cash prizes and with only 250,000 available tickets, Raffle players have the best odds of winning $1 million than any other Lottery game. Each Raffle ticket costs $10.

Prizes for the 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. on St. Patrick’s Day, Wednesday, Mar. 17. To check the winning Raffle numbers, players can use the Lottery’s mobile app, go to www.oregonlottery.org or visit a participating Oregon Lottery retail location.

The Lottery’s mobile app can be found on the Apple or Android app stores. Lottery games are not available for purchase on the mobile app.

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
  • Todd Williams of Salem was last year’s $1 million winner
  • Since 2009, the Lottery has offered 19 Raffle games: St. Patrick’s Day Raffle (12), Thanksgiving Raffle (4), 4th of July Raffle (2), and Halloween Raffle (1)
  • The 2010 Thanksgiving Raffle doubled the number of tickets and prizes offering 500,000 tickets and two $1 million top 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 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, habitat restoration, Veteran Services and Outdoor School. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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Scratch-it Prize Payouts Up $2 Million Over Last Year - 12/21/20

December 21, 2020 - Salem, Ore. – Graeme Huguenot was one of thousands of players in 2020 who felt the thrill of winning prizes on Oregon Lottery Scratch-its.

In 2020, players across the state won more than $9 million in Scratch-it prizes of $600 or more. That total is up nearly $2 million from the amount paid out in 2019.

It was a bright spot in a challenging year for the Lottery, which saw its offices closed to the public and Video Lottery terminals around the state shuttered twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there were some bright spots, with Scratch-it sales staying strong throughout 2020. In fact, Scratch-it sales were up more than 30 percent over the same time in 2019.

In May, Huguenot, from Beaverton, won the top prize of $50,000 playing the $5 Wild 10s Scratch-it.

Huguenot was one of the more than 2,000 winners the Oregon Lottery has paid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 3. Overall, the Oregon Lottery paid out more than $197 million in prizes during that time. The Oregon Lottery pays out prizes of $600 or more with games, like Keno, Powerball, Mega Millions and Megabucks, and prizes of more than $1,250 from Video Lottery terminals.

 It was also a good year for players of the Oregon Lottery’s new sports betting app, Scoreboard. Over the course of 2020, 1.9 million winning bets were placed, winning a combined $88,145,022. The average winning bet was for $45.27.  In addition, players have had 28,933 winning parlays of five bets or more, winning a combined $3.9 million on those winning wagers.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 billion for economic development, public education, Outdoor School, state parks, Veterans services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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