Editorial calls for revamp of Oregon Lottery governance
The Register-Guard editorial staff may be on to something for all states to consider
Last week's firing of Jack Roberts as director of the Oregon Lottery offers Oregonians a warning: A governance structure established by voters 30 years ago for a small-time scratch-off ticket operation may be poorly suited to the billion-dollar enterprise the lottery has become. The 2017 Legislature should study whether existing systems of oversight and control are adequate, and refer any needed improvements ...
May 4, 2016, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery director abruptly replaced
Gov. Kate Brown abruptly fired Oregon Lottery Director Jack Roberts on Tuesday and replaced him with an administrator from the Department of Administrative Services.
I am grateful for Jack's years of service to the Oregon Lottery, but it is time for a leadership change, Brown said in a statement.
Brown's office gave no further explanation except that the agency has recently had some management problems. Kristen Grainger, Brown's spokeswoman, did not reply to an email asking for more detai ...
Apr 28, 2016, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon man wins largest Keno 8-Spot prize ever
More than three months after hitting the winning numbers, a Springfield, Oregon, man has claimed a record-breaking Keno win of more than $300,000.
Bruce Buckley of Springfield purchased a single $2 Keno ticket on December 11, 2015 after turning in some bottles. That $2 ticket was worth $300,246.50 and was the highest Keno 8-spot win in Oregon Lottery history, Oregon Lottery said Monday.
I saw that the Keno 8-Spot jackpot was more than $50,000 and figured I would just buy one ticket, Buckl ...
Apr 5, 2016, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum
New Oregon law allows lottery prize garnishments for overpayments
A new Oregon law, effective Jan. 1, authorizes the state Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority to garnish Oregon Lottery prize payments greater than $600 to recover overpayments of public assistance, medical assistance and supplemental nutrition assistance.
What does this new law, approved by legislators, mean to players?
If a player claims a Lottery prize greater than $600 with the Lottery, the Lottery must check with DHS/OHA to see if the player owes an overpayment ...
Dec 24, 2015, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Iraqi's Oregon jackpot raises questions on lottery sales
The man from Baghdad showed up unannounced this month in a state office building in Salem, Ore., with a piece of paper in his hand that he said was worth $6.4 million. He politely asked that his name be kept quiet, then told state officials that he had set up a local bank account into which they should deposit money annually. And then he went away, richer and more mysterious than when he arrived.
It was not an ordinary day at the Oregon Lottery.
The story started with small details, lotter ...
Dec 13, 2015, 3:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Man in Iraq wins $6.4 million Oregon Lottery jackpot
Ticket bought online; Lottery withholds winner's name for security reasons
For the first known time in the Oregon Lottery's 30-year history, the ticket for a winning big jackpot has been sold through an international online lottery ticket sales site and the $6.4 million prize goes to an Iraqi national whose ticket was bought in Bend, and whose name won't be revealed in order to protect him from danger in his homeland, officials confirmed Wednesday.
We sell a lot of megabucks tickets, they ...
Dec 10, 2015, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum
Video gaming machines boost Oregon Lottery revenues
State economists say Oregon is seeing a healthy bump in lottery revenues, at least partially from recently installed video lottery machines.
People are spending more money on Oregon's new video lottery machines, state economists told lawmakers in Salem this week.
Some people believe the new machines are more addictive, but a top Oregon Lottery official has said it's unclear whether there is a connection between the new machines and increase in gambling.
On Dec. 2, economists from the st ...
Dec 7, 2015, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon man claims $6.3 million Arizona Lottery jackpot
By Todd Northrop
An Oregon man who purchased a lottery ticket in Arizona is now a multi-millionaire.
Frederick Hallwyler purchased a few lottery tickets while visiting Arizona, including four quick picks for The Pick drawing on Saturday, Sept. 26, from a vending machine at a Fry's Food Store in Avondale.
He returned to Portland and remembered to check his tickets three days later. What he found out was that one of his tickets matched all six numbers for the $6,285,618 jackpot.
Oct 2, 2015, 12:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Player sues Oregon Lottery, charging video poker game rigged
The Oregon State Lottery's rigged video poker games have cost players $134 million, a man claims in a class action lawsuit.
Lead plaintiff Justin Curzi claims the video poker machines' auto-hold feature misleads players about how to increase their odds of winning a hand.
The auto-hold feature recommends playing strategies, and allows players to automatically discard and draw new cards with a single button, according to the complaint.
Thus, relying on the auto-hold feature is the easies ...
Jan 7, 2015, 6:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon man keeps childhood promise, splits $1M Powerball with brother
Best Brother Ever?
A Bend, Oregon, man who won $1 million with a Powerball ticket last month decided to share the wealth in a gesture of brotherly love.
Eric Hale, 45, split the spoils 50-50 with his younger brother, Quinn Hale, of Yakima, Washington, on Thursday in Salem.
Eric and Quinn each took home about $335,000 after taxes, according to the Oregon Lottery. Eric had picked the five numbers 7, 14, 21, 24 and 41 correctly but missed the Powerball itself, according to the Oregon Lotte ...
Oct 15, 2014, 2:27 pm - Lottery News forum