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Truck driver makes delivery on way to claim $9.4M lottery jackpot

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SUTHERLIN, Ore. — An Oregon truck driver who won a $9.4 million lottery jackpot said he completed his drywall delivery on his way to claim the prize.

Eric Tackett of Sutherlin matched all six numbers for the Oregon State Lottery's Aug. 31 Megabucks drawing: 4, 6, 15, 21, 38, and 40.

Tackett said he initially didn't believe his wife and frequent travel companion, Bethany, when she said the ticket was a winner.

"Normally I win free tickets," Tackett said. "I thought everyone was messing with me when they told me I won $9.4 million. I had Beth check the ticket more than 50 times on different computers and phones."

Tackett managed to match three of the winning numbers in a separate set, meaning he also won a free ticket.

The truck driver arrived in his semi tractor at the Oregon State Lottery office after having dropped off a trailer load of drywall on his way to claim the prize.

"It was on the way," Tackett said.

He said he planned to pick up his trailer after claiming his winnings and even planned to continue his 17-career of truck driving, despite his $9.4 million jackpot.

Tackett chose the lump sum option, meaning he will take home about $3 million after taxes.

The Oregon State Lottery said the TA Truck Stop in Coburg will receive a $94,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

"We know the lady who sold us the ticket, when she finds out she is going to freak out," Tackett said.

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Posted: September 9, 2016, 2:09 pm - IP Logged

Great story!

"It was on the way" lol!

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    Posted: September 9, 2016, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

    PartyCongratulations to Eric & Bethany Tackett !!!  A $3 million dollar win will come in handy for the Holidays coming up. Be wise with it.

     I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

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      Posted: September 9, 2016, 2:31 pm - IP Logged

      Roll on!

      I'm guessing that will be his last delivery.
      Congrats, your gear jammin days are over!

      "know your limitations, but excede your expectations"

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        Posted: September 9, 2016, 2:36 pm - IP Logged

        Haha $3million and still won a free ticket

        Creativity..

        " What's more likely to happen will happen.. "

        Million dollar operation 

        Wink

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          Posted: September 9, 2016, 2:40 pm - IP Logged

          So after doing his job he used his employer's truck to run a personal errand? Bummer if his employer fires him, huh?

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            Posted: September 9, 2016, 2:40 pm - IP Logged

             The Tacketts will probably buy a new semi-tractor. If they need one. 

             $3 million can go fast if you are not wise with your money.

             I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better. 

             Attributed to Joe E. Lewis and others

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              Posted: September 9, 2016, 3:02 pm - IP Logged

              Ends up with $3 mil after taxes from a $9 mil jackpot? that's brutal.  But hey, his $3 mil ahead of most of us. 

              People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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                Posted: September 9, 2016, 3:38 pm - IP Logged

                Ends up with $3 mil after taxes from a $9 mil jackpot? that's brutal.  But hey, his $3 mil ahead of most of us. 

                More than likely it was the cash-option so the value automatically goes to half, then you have taxes.

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                  Posted: September 9, 2016, 3:40 pm - IP Logged

                  More than likely it was the cash-option so the value automatically goes to half, then you have taxes.

                  Can tell I woke up from a nap.  Re-read the article and he took lump sum.

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                    Posted: September 9, 2016, 3:56 pm - IP Logged

                    So after doing his job he used his employer's truck to run a personal errand? Bummer if his employer fires him, huh?

                    Many drivers own  their rig....

                    "Don't waste time, it's the stuff life's made of..."

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                      Posted: September 9, 2016, 4:26 pm - IP Logged

                      Wow Wow!!

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                        Posted: September 9, 2016, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

                        Congratulations Mr, Eric Tackett Party

                        I may try them numbers here. Dance

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                          Posted: September 9, 2016, 6:10 pm - IP Logged

                          Many drivers own  their rig....

                          Or at least making the payments, most trucking companies don't provide their drivers a rig totally own by the company.

                           * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                             
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                            Posted: September 9, 2016, 6:49 pm - IP Logged

                            Congrats!!!

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