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CORRECTION: THE WINNING TIKCET WAS PURCHASED AT “CEDAR MILLS LIQUOR STORE”

Jan. 29, 2021 – Salem, Ore. – A good friendship is priceless, as Erik Maki and Brian Krahmer will tell you. The duo has been friends since middle school and after more than 40 years of sharing a friendship, they can also say they share a $7.4 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot.

Over the past 28 weeks, Maki and Krahmer, both of Hillsboro, who have also worked together for 25 years, have been taking turns buying Megabucks tickets.

“We always check our tickets on Monday,” said Maki, who has also worked with Krahmer for 25 years. “The best we’d done had been winning a free ticket! Our offices are next door to each other and Brian brought the ticket and said we’d won $7,400. We were pretty excited about that. Then Brian decided to check what number we’d missed and he compared the ticket to the Lottery app. That’s when he saw that we’d matched all six numbers and we’d really won $7.4 million!”

The first thing they did was contact their wives to tell them the news. “They didn’t believe us at first,” said Krahmer. “That was understandable because we both like to joke around.” Once their wives were convinced that had won, Maki and Krahmer wisely contacted their financial planner and CPA before heading to the Lottery to claim their prize January 26.

The two friends split the $7.4 million prize from the January 23 drawing, and after taxes, each received a check for nearly $1.3 million. Krahmer bought their winning ticket at the Cedar Mills Liquor Store on Cornell Road in Portland.

To protect the health and safety of its employees and the public, the Oregon Lottery has temporarily closed the Salem and Wilsonville Lottery offices. Officials with the Lottery continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. If players have a winning ticket, they can fill out a claim form on the Oregon Lottery website, https://oregonlottery.org/about/claim-prizes , and then mail in the signed ticket and claim form.

Players who have winning tickets of $50,000 or more, will need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance. As always, players should be certain to sign the back of their tickets.

Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

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.

Every holiday, Contessa McConnell’s sister buys Oregon Lottery Scratch-its as stocking stuffers. And this year, McConnell is very happy the tradition continued!

“We were sitting around on Christmas Eve,” said McConnell, of Klamath Falls, “and my brother was scratching his Scratch-it he got from our sister, so I thought I would join him.”

McConnell began scratching her “Reindeer Riches” Scratch-it. “My mom asked me what I was doing, and I told her I thought I’d won,” said McConnell. “I took out my phone and used the Lottery’s app and scanned the ticket and it said I’d won $75,000! Both my brother and sister were giving me a hard time since either one of them could have gotten my ticket.”

McConnell made the trip to Salem to claim her prize January 21. Her sister had purchased the winning ticket at Sherm’s Thunderbird Market in Klamath Falls.

To protect the health and safety of its employees and the public, the Oregon Lottery has temporarily closed the Salem and Wilsonville Lottery offices. Officials with the Lottery continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. If players have a winning ticket, they can fill out a claim form on the Oregon Lottery website, https://oregonlottery.org/about/claim-prizes , and then mail in the signed ticket and claim form.

Players who have winning tickets of $50,000 or more, will need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance. As always, players should be certain to sign the back of their tickets.

Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

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.

Jan. 20, 2021 – Salem, Ore. – It’s very exciting to win a big prize playing Oregon Lottery games and it’s a rare occurrence when a player can claim to be a repeat winner.

Thanks to winning a $50,000 prize in the Lottery’s Second Chance Scratch-it drawing, Peter Gilbert can honestly make that claim!

Gilbert is no stranger to winning the Lottery’s Second Chance Scratch-it drawing. “In May 2016, I won $10,000 in the Second Chance drawing,” said Gilbert, of Beaverton. “So, when I told a friend of mine that I’d won $50,000 this time, he decided to start calling me ‘Re-Pete!’”

When Gilbert claimed his latest Lottery prize on Jan. 14, he said hoped for a “three-Pete” by winning Mega Millions or Powerball.

Every Oregon Lottery Scratch-it game offers a second chance drawing for an additional top prize for that game. In Gilbert’s instance, he entered a non-winning “Crossword Inferno” ticket he had bought at the 7-Eleven on Tualatin Valley Highway in Beaverton. Once sales end for a particular Scratch-it game, that sets the wheels in motion for that game’s second chance drawing to occur.

“Winning this prize is not life-changing,” said Gilbert, “but it is life affirming.”

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.”

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.”

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.

CORRECTION: THE WINNING TIKCET WAS PURCHASED AT “CEDAR MILLS LIQUOR STORE” Jan. 29, 2021 – Salem, Ore. – A good friendship is priceless, as Erik Maki and Brian Krahmer will tell you. The duo

Oregon Lottery’s biggest winners of 2019

An Oregon Lottery machine. Beth Nakamura/Staff

Here are the largest winners of the Oregon Lottery in 2019. All text from the Oregon Lottery.

Grant Brightman, Portland, April 9, $10.4 million, Megabucks

Grant Brightman had stopped at his neighborhood Albertson’s to get dinner and made an impulse purchase on a $4 Megabucks ticket, according to The Oregon Lottery.

That ticket turned out to worth $10.4 million.

“I normally don’t play,” Brightman said. “I had $4 in cash, and I normally don’t carry much cash. I saw the lottery machine and the jackpot and figured ‘why not?’”

Brightman checked his ticket the next morning and thought he was “hallucinating.” Brightman and his wife checked the ticket several times before driving to Salem to claim the winnings.

The Oregon Lottery said the couple took a one-time payment and after taxes took home $3.536 million.

William Bowker, July 29, $6.5 million, Megabucks

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’s a regular player of the draw games with high payouts, Bowker explained, and she thought she was checking a Mega Million ticket “and started circling matching numbers on the ticket,” he said.

“But they were for the wrong game,” Bowker said. “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 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 used quick pick numbers when he purchased the ticket at the Jackson’s Food Store on Southeast 82nd Avenue in Happy Valley. His $5 ticket had 10 numbers and, in addition to the $6.5 million jackpot, he also won a free Megabucks ticket.

Mega Millions and Power Ball tickets purchased at a Plaid Pantry in Janzten Beach. Beth Nakamura/Staff LC- The Oregonian

Stu McDonald, Salem, Sept. 11, $4.6 million Megabucks

Each time Stu MacDonald purchased his weekly Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket, his wife, Claudia, would say, “Get the winning ticket.”

But when Stu went to purchase his tickets on Saturday, Sept. 7, Claudia forgot to give Stu the message. Yet the Bend man bought a ticket worth $4.6 million anyway.

“I am a very lucky guy,” MacDonald said. “I have survived cancer twice and here I am. This is amazing.”

MacDonald won the Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot on a quick pick ticket he purchased at Ashley’s Café on Northeast 3rd Street in Bend. MacDonald opted to take the bulk sum payment of $2.3 million, and after taxes took home $1.56 million.

Ann Mingus, Springfield, Jan. 11, $3 million Mega Millions

When Ann Mingus saw the billboard with the large jackpots for Powerball and Mega Millions, she did what many people do and started daydreaming about how much she would need to take care of her family and retire.

“As I am driving along, I am doing the math in my head, and I thought that $3 million would do it,” Mingus said. “Turns out, I had the $3 million ticket!”

The Springfield woman won the largest Mega Millions prize in Oregon since the game came to the state in 2010. Mingus realized she’d won when she saw news reporting that someone purchased a winning ticket in Cottage Grove and checked her numbers. She didn’t tell anyone about her win – not even family members for a few weeks – and immediately contacted an attorney to come up with a plan. She also hired a financial planner to assist her in managing the prize.

Mingus purchased the ticket at the Cottage Grove Safeway from a Lottery To Go – the blue vending machines that offer Scratch-its and other games.

To win $1 million, players must match all five numbers without the Mega Ball. Mingus won $3 million by selected the Megaplier option.

Martin Oliverson, Jacksonville, Aug. 2, $3 million, Mega Millions

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 his drawing, the Megaplier was X3. This turned his $1 million prize into $3 million and ties him for the largest Mega Millions winner in Oregon history.

“We are very blessed,” Oliverson said.

Oliverson purchased the ticket from the Jacksonville Chevron station on North 5th Street.

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.

Mark Bennett, Eugene, May 15, $3.2 million, Megabucks

Mark Bennett hadn’t even won so much as a free ticket while playing Oregon’s Game Megabucks – until the day in May when his monthly ticket purchase was worth $3.2 million.

“I like the game, but I had never won anything,” the Eugene man said. “I always get the 26 draws, then put the ticket away until it is up and get another one.” Players can purchase Megabucks tickets for up to 26 draw dates.

Bennett said he purchased a ticket in April from the Jasper’s on Coburg Road in Eugene, and put it away, until recently when he couldn’t sleep.

Bennett took the opportunity to bring the ticket to the Oregon Lottery for validation before he claimed his prize. The little-used option allows players to bring in a winning jackpot ticket to lottery headquarters to have the ticket validated. The Oregon Lottery will then hold the winning ticket up to 60 days while the winner determines their best option for claiming the jackpot.

Bennett came back to the Lottery office a few days later after talking with his accountant. He took the bulk sum payment of $1.6 million. After taxes he took home $1.08 million.

“I am going to use the money to set up education funds for my grandchildren,” Bennett said.

R. Detlef, Berlin, Jan. 19, $1 million, Powerball

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Seaquist and his wife Shirley were the top prize winners of the 2019 Oregon Lottery Raffle.

Steve Seaquist, Newberg, March 18, $1 million, Raffle

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

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 lottery officials give to all 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 were 1,801 winning tickets, with one $1 million prize; 300 prizes of $500; and 1,500 prizes of $100.

Jose Martinez, Beaverton, June 26, $1 million, Mega Millions

Jose Martinez’s wife scrambled to grab several Oregon Lottery Mega Millions tickets that almost blew out her car window when she pulled down the sun visor in the couple’s car, not knowing one of those unsigned tickets was worth $1 million.

“I went on a business trip and left the tickets between the sun visor and the roof of my car,” Martinez said. “If the ticket would have flown out the window, we wouldn’t have won $1 million.”

Martinez, who lives in Beaverton and works in Hillsboro, said that he regularly stopped by the S&S Market near his work. He gets something to eat, picks up his lottery tickets and then stashes them away in the sun visor of his car.

“She told me to check the tickets in the car,” he said. “I used the Lottery’s app and the first ticket I scanned was the $1 million ticket. I really like the app now.”

Martinez said he scanned the ticket three times, then downloaded the app onto his wife’s phone and scanned it to prove to her he really won. Martinez said the couple was going to use the winnings to pay off their home. After taxes, Martinez and his wife took home $680,000.

Martinez purchased the ticket May 14, the day of the drawing. The winning Mega Million numbers were 11-59-66-67-68 and Mega Ball 18. Martinez’s ticket matched five of the six numbers.

L. Christian, New York, Aug. 7, $250,000, $20-250 Grand

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