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
Oregon Lottery winner won't retire
You've just won the Oregon Lottery Win for Life game, so how do you celebrate?
By dining at Marco Polo Global Restaurant, of course.
That's what Shamus Harmon did last week after claiming his Win for Life prize at Oregon Lottery headquarters.
I am one of the most boring lotto winners, I'm sure, he said.
Or one of the smartest.
Harmon, a 34-year-old safety trainer who lives in Salem, said his first plan for the windfall is to pay off his mortgage within five years.
He will rece ...
Feb 25, 2014, 7:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Man thought he scratched a $1,000 prize, really won $100,000
David Lane thought he'd won $1,000 with an Oregon Lottery Cash Flurries Scratch-it ticket.
He filled out his claim form and mailed the ticket off to Lottery headquarters in Salem.
Then the call came from a Lottery employee: Lane had incorrectly filled out the form.
When I got David on the phone, I told him he had put the wrong dollar amount on his claim form, said Brandon Grover, a Lottery Security Specialist.
That disappointed Lane, who said he had a friend look over the ticket to ...
Jan 8, 2014, 8:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon bartender's tip turns out to be lottery ticket worth $17,500
A Springfield, Oregon, bartender won big this week, when a Keno ticket given to her as a tip turned out to be worth $17,500.
Aurora Kephart, 25, who has worked at Conway's Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield's Thurston neighborhood for almost four years, often receives unplayed Keno tickets as tips from a bar regular. On Tuesday evening, the male patron, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a handful of Keno tickets and asked Kephart to choose the two she wanted.
When she checked the nu ...
Oct 7, 2013, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum