Inexperienced lottery player's confusion leads to $150,000 prize
A novice lottery player in Oregon who ended up confused while trying to buy a Powerball ticket had his inexperience pay off when he won $150,000.
Michael Faught of Lebanon told Oregon Lottery officials he and his wife were on a roadtrip when they decided to buy some Powerball tickets, which they rarely do, at the Food for Less store in Medford.
Faught said he ended up making a purchase he didn't intend when he didn't understand the clerk's questions.
The customer service clerk wanted t ...
Apr 23, 2019, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon man wins $118K playing Keno while waiting to cash $1,750 lottery ticket
A Portland man waiting to cash an Oregon Lottery Keno ticket for $1,750 decided to play another game of Keno.
That next game won him more than $118,000.
Sam Hawley took his $1,750 Special Keno 8-Spot ticket to the Oregon Lottery's payment center in Wilsonville, but he arrived before the center opened at 8:30 a.m.
While he waited, Hawley went to the nearby Fred Meyer store and purchased another Keno ticket. All eight of his numbers matched, winning him $25,000 with the 8-Spot rolling jac ...
Dec 6, 2018, 8:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery glitch in July made all Keno tickets losers
The Oregon Lottery has built up a $1.2 billion a year business trafficking in the eternal thrill of gambling. Just one of its games, Keno, was played an extraordinary 73.7 million times last year.
But the Keno odds took a sudden swing in the early morning hours of July 23, when scanners read all Keno tickets as losers, even when they weren't.
The Lottery never widely disclosed the technical glitch that gave players zero chance of winning. The agency confirmed the defect lasted nearly six h ...
Sep 10, 2018, 5:53 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon man arrested for threatening lottery
By Todd Northrop
A Lebanon, Oregon, man was arrested after he sent a shooting threat in an e-mail to the Oregon Lottery.
The Oregon State Police said Jason David Ouellette, 42, was arrested on suspicion of menacing Tuesday afternoon. 5 hours earlier Ouellette had sent an email to the Lottery's Salem headquarters with an imminent threat to shoot and kill people, the law enforcement agency said.
Ouellette was jailed in Marion County without incident, troopers said, but was later released ...
Jul 13, 2018, 11:51 am - Lottery News forum
The Oregon Lottery is moving aggressively toward mobile phone betting
The first apps could debut next month
A Jantzen Beach sports bar called Bradley's did more video lottery business last year than any of the nearly 4,000 other lottery retailers in the state.
Bradley's took in $1.96 million in 2017. That means a video lottery player pushed a $20 bill into one of Bradley's machines every four minutes every day of the year.
But the Oregon Lottery looks at Bradley's success and sees trouble: an old-school tavern unlikely to attract young Oregonians glued to ...
Jun 14, 2018, 8:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon man finds $1 million lottery ticket 8 days before it expired
An Oregon man recently discovered a year-old winning lotto ticket in his home office that he was cleaning, according to the Oregon Lottery.
Amazingly, the lucky man Joemel Panisa found the ticket just eight days before it expired, the Oregon Lottery said in a news release on Wednesday. The ticket was worth $1 million.
Panisa was able to claim the ticket just in the nick of time, and he is officially now the fourth Mega Millions $1 million winner from Oregon since the game was offered in th ...
Jan 12, 2017, 5:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon Gov. appoints new lottery director
Barry Pack is now the official nominee for director of the Oregon Lottery.
Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday she has nominated Pack to head the agency, pending Senate confirmation.
Pack has served as acting director of the Lottery since Brown fired former Director Jack Roberts in April, citing management problems. Pack previously served as director of the Department of Administrative Services. He also was an aide to Brown when she was secretary of state and a state senator.
Roberts had b ...
Nov 22, 2016, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Oregonians approve Measure 96, devoting lottery net proceeds toward veterans
Oregonians voted to approve Measure 96 Tuesday, giving 1.5 percent of state lottery net proceeds toward veterans' service.
This would include assistance with employment, education, housing, physical/mental health care, addiction treatment, reintegration, access to government benefits, and other services for veterans, spouses and dependents.
Already dedicated net lottery proceeds are as follows: 18% to finance education stability fund, 15% to finance state parks, restoration and protection ...
Nov 10, 2016, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum
Truck driver makes delivery on way to claim $9.4M lottery jackpot
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 tol ...
Sep 9, 2016, 2:00 pm - Lottery News forum
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