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
Oregon radio station behind mystery cash prizes in grocery stores
People thought it was a local lotto winner
The mystery surrounding a series of $100 bills recently tucked into items at grocery stores in Oregon has been solved. Turns out, the good deeds were the work of a Portland radio station trying to drum up publicity and spread some good fortune.
Despite speculation that the mystery donor was an unidentified local lottery winner, on Wednesday, The New 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) announced that it was responsible for mysterious windfalls occurring around Or ...
Sep 27, 2013, 11:54 am - Lottery News forum
Laid off Oregon man wins $1 million
By Todd Northrop
Laid off since May, Riley Gunn was driving his wife and kids home to their cabin in the woods in southern Oregon after registering for computer programming classes, when he pulled off the freeway to buy corn dogs for the kids.
Knowing his wife would not approve because money was so tight, but feeling he was sure to win, Gunn said Tuesday he bought an $8 lottery ticket, letting the machine pick the numbers.
When he checked online, he found he had won $1 million.
Jan 16, 2013, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Court: Police can collect $1M lottery prize
The police in Medford, Oregon, can collect much of a $1 million prize from the Oregon Lottery that came from a scratch ticket bought with a dead woman's credit card, Oregon's appeals court has ruled.
Oregon allows police to keep money seized in criminal activity. The winnings were awarded to the police when Christina Elizabeth Goodenow, 45, pleaded no contest to using the card that belonged to her boyfriend's mother said.
For starters, Chief Tim George said, the windfall will be used to ex ...
Jul 13, 2012, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum