Some Oregon lottery tickets printed with wrong date
By Todd Northrop
Oregon residents who purchased Powerball lottery tickets over the weekend will want to double check the draw dates after a computer glitch caused some tickets to misstate which date the winning numbers will be drawn, lottery officials said Tuesday.
Advance 24-draw quick-pick Powerball tickets printed between Friday, Aug. 10 and Monday, Aug. 12 listed incorrect dates for the Oct. 26, 29 and Nov. 2 draws, the lottery said in a statement. While the dates on the tickets are o ...
Aug 15, 2019, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Air Force vet wins $6.5 million after nearly throwing away winning lottery ticket
Air Force veteran William Bowker, 94, almost let a fortune slip right out of his hands.
Bowker often plays the lottery. But when his granddaughter checked his latest lottery ticket for him, she mistakenly thought it was a Mega Millions ticket instead of an Oregon Megabucks ticket.
Luckily, Bowker double-checked and it paid off.
She thought it was a Mega Million ticket, and started circling matching numbers on the ticket, Bowker said. But they were for the wrong game. I had an Oregon's ...
Aug 3, 2019, 1:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon store employees dig through trash to help find winning $1,200 lottery ticket
A store manager at a local lottery shop in southeast Portland, Oregon, went above and beyond to help a customer who'd lost their winning ticket.
Last week, Mary Peabody's husband Larry came home with a big surprise.
He left for work and then he came home and handed me the ticket and said 'put this in a safe place, and it's for you,' Peabody said.
It was a $1,200 winning lottery ticket her husband bought at the Lucky Spot store at Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street.
Jun 25, 2019, 6:32 am - Lottery News forum
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