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Oregon friends of over 40 years split $7.4 million lottery jackpot

Jan 29, 2021, 4:29 pm

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Friendship has never been sweeter

By Kate Northrop

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two friends from Oregon who have shared a friendship for over 40 years are now sharing a $7.4 million Megabucks jackpot.

For 28 weeks now, Erik Maki and Brian Krahmer have been splitting the responsibility of purchasing their joint lottery tickets for the Oregon Lottery's Megabucks game. Now they'll be splitting a fortune to the tune of $7.4 million after hitting the jackpot for the drawing on Sat., Jan 23.

This time, it was Krahmer's turn to buy their tickets. He visited the Cedar Mills Liquor Store on Cornell Road in Portland to purchase the lucky winning ticket.

"We always check our tickets on Monday," Maki told the Lottery. "The best we'd done had been winning a free ticket!"

The pair, both from Hillsboro, has been the closest of friends since middle school and have even worked together for the past 25 years.

"Our offices are next door to each other, and Brian brought the ticket and said we'd won $7,400," Maki continued. "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 numbers for the Megabucks drawing on Saturday were 16, 25, 33, 35, 37, and 47. The odds of matching all six numbers are about 1 in 6.1 million.

Once they realized that their winnings were even greater than they thought, they both reached out to their wives, who were not convinced of the news.

"They didn't believe us at first," Krahmer admitted. "That was understandable because we both like to joke around."

Next, the longtime friends reached out to a financial planner and CPA to make plans before collecting the big prize. Once that was squared away, they headed off on Tuesday to go claim it. After taxes, each received nearly $1.3 million.

In a press release, the Lottery also announced a temporary closure at the Salem and Wilsonville Lottery offices in order to protect the health and safety of its employees and the public. Players with a winning ticket are advised to fill out a claim form on the official Oregon Lottery website and then mail in the signed ticket and claim form.

Those who are in possession of winning tickets worth $50,000 or more should sign the back of their ticket and must make an appointment to visit the Lottery office in Salem by calling 503-540-1000.

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Simpsonville
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That's a great friendship!

 

Todd, does Oregon allow each individual to claim the a prize individually?   KY does so that relieves the purchaser from paying all the taxes one ticket which is great!  That being said KLC will not do this for on-line purchases!!

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    Great question, I'm not sure.  Each state is different, so I couldn't guess.

     

    Check the State Lottery Report Card
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    Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
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      I saw the winners tonight on the news and each winner had the fake big check in their hands of $3.7 million big ones until they get the real ones latter on.  So they split the prize equally.-weshar75

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        Nice Hit!

        "We make a living by what you get, You make a LIFE by what you give!"

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          It seems as how they only got 1.3 million out of 7.4 million $ after taxes while that's good 

          that doesn't sound right tome somehow..who was the Real winner here? It figures....

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            Not quite enough to retire on...but still... a nice tidy sum to be debt free and have a nest egg. 

            Congrats gentlemen !!

            Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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              Not quite enough to retire on...but still... a nice tidy sum to be debt free and have a nest egg. 

              Congrats gentlemen !!

              At my age, (I'm old and feel it too) I think I can squeak by on 1.3 million. It would be close. Prolly have to forget the Corvette.

              CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

              A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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                It seems as how they only got 1.3 million out of 7.4 million $ after taxes while that's good 

                that doesn't sound right tome somehow..who was the Real winner here? It figures....

                I was wondering that too, but after digging some I think they took the cash option. The 7.4 is the annuity option.

                CAN'T WIN IF YOU'RE NOT IN

                A DOLLAR AND A DREAM (OR $2)

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                  Was hoping you were one of the winners Weshar75. Cool

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                    " they only got 1.3 million out of 7.4 million"

                    The got $1.3 million each, which is $2.6 million. That's a bit more than 1/3 of the annuity prize, and 1/3 is usually a pretty good rough estimate of how much you'll take home.

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                      On a slight lottery topic detour: It's NJ again with the PB jackpot. With so many winners coming out of that State, I'm surprised Todd hasn't won yet, or has he?

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                        On a slight lottery topic detour: It's NJ again with the PB jackpot. With so many winners coming out of that State, I'm surprised Todd hasn't won yet, or has he?

                        Nope, not me.  If I ever win a jackpot, you'll know.

                         

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                          Nope, not me.  If I ever win a jackpot, you'll know.

                          we'll all wake up one morning, the Lottery Post and the usamega will be code 404 & no one will be able to contact Todd jejeje 

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                            Great question, I'm not sure.  Each state is different, so I couldn't guess.

                            Will call them and ask them around 1200 hours our time.   They may think I have three heads, but who cares?