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Oregon Lottery sales hit record $1 billion
It's official: the Oregon Lottery surpassed $1 billion in sales this past year. It's the first time since the Oregon Lottery started in April 1985 that sales for the year that ended June 30 surpassed the mark. For the previous year, sales were a record $937 million. Record sales also meant a record transfer of $483.6 million to the state economic-development fund. About one-third of that money is earmarked by voters for an education reserve fund, parks, watershed enhancements and salmon ...
Aug 9, 2006, 10:19 am - Lottery News forum

Oregon Lottery employees reject call to unionize
A union drive at the Oregon Lottery has been rejected by a solid majority of agency employees. The state Employment Relations Board, which tallied the votes this week, reported that 56.5 percent of the people casting ballots voted to go without union representation. The Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, won the support of 43.5 percent of the workers. Ninety-six percent of the 307 workers in the proposed bargaining unit cast ballots. Ron Youngquist, a lottery worker fro ...
May 25, 2006, 9:15 pm - Lottery News forum

Oregon Lottery workers to vote on joining union
Ballots were mailed Monday to the homes of 307 Oregon State Lottery workers, to see if they want to unionize. Workers can choose to empower Local 503 of Service Employees International Union to represent them for collective bargaining or to retain the status quo and have no union. Lottery workers in the proposed bargaining unit have two weeks to vote. Their ballots must arrive at the state Employment Relations Board by 5 p.m. May 22. Results of the vote will be announced the next mornin ...
May 9, 2006, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum

Oregon Gov. signs bill sending lottery funds to schools
Passed by lawmakers in 6-hour session At Roosevelt Elementary School in Medford, Oregon, Gov. Ted Kulongoski was joined Tuesday by students, teachers, education leaders and legislators for the signing of House Bill 3510, which dedicates an additional $42.2 million in state lottery money to all 198 Oregon school districts for the 2006-07 school year. Last Thursday, at the governor's request, the Legislature met in special session and passed the bill to provide additional money to public sc ...
Apr 26, 2006, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum

Oregon Lottery may give $42 million in excess funds to schools
Gathered around a podium at Benson High School in Portland on Wednesday, key Republicans and Democrats alike proclaimed that a new day was dawning for Oregon schools. With the blessing of House Speaker Karen Minnis, R-Wood Village, and Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, legislators are poised to approve handing over $42 million in unexpected lottery revenue to public schools during next week's special session. If approved, it would be the first time in years the state has announced ...
Apr 14, 2006, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum

Oregon store owner gives share of lottery prize to the schools
The owner of a Medford, Oregon, grocery store has donated his share of an $800,000 lottery prize to two elementary schools. Sherm's Thunderbird market received $4,000 for selling the winning ticket, but owner Sherm Olsrud split the money into two equal gifts of $2,000 to a pair of elementary schools. Olsrud says the schools need the money because both are located in low income areas of town and that many children get their only meals at school. Schools officials say they will use the ...
Mar 8, 2006, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum

Fire forces evacuation at Oregon Lottery Building
The Salem Fire Department responded to a structure fire, located at 500 Airport Road S.E., The Oregon Lottery Building, on Wednesday March 1, 2006 at 10:55 am. Firefighters were first called out to this location due to a fire alarm system activation. When firefighters arrived, they discovered smoke on the second floor of the structure. They used thermal imaging cameras and discovered fire in the ceiling of the second floor hallway. Captain Don Fleck requested a first alarm assignment ...
Mar 2, 2006, 6:31 am - Lottery News forum

Top Oregon lottery official may lose post
Oregon Senate Democrats might block the reappointment of an Oregon State Lottery commissioner for resisting efforts to further increase the state's share of lottery profits last year.On Wednesday, the Senate Rules and Executive Appointments Committee withheld approval of Stan Robson for another term on the lottery commission, said committee chairwoman Sen. Kate Brown, D-Portland. I have some concerns about the position he took on the last lottery contracts and am not sure I'm going to move forwa ...
Jan 19, 2006, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery winner pleads innocent to ID theft, fraud charges
A woman accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase a $1 million lottery ticket pleaded innocent this week to charges of identity theft and fraud.Christina Elizabeth Goodenow, 38, of Central Point was arrested after police determined that she purchased the winning scratch-it ticket on Oct. 9 using a credit card that belonged to her dead mother-in-law, Inez Cornett.Goodenow collected $33,500, the first installment of her winnings, from Oregon Lottery headquarters in Salem before her arrest. ...
Jan 12, 2006, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum

Oregon Lottery rewards store that sold winning Jackpot ticket
They say you can't win if you don't play.But a grocery store in the historic Gold Rush town of Jacksonville, Oregon has won more than $100,000 for simply selling a ticket with the numbers 7, 21, 43, 44, 49 and 29.Oregon Lottery officials presented the selling bonus this week to Ray's Food Place, the store that sold the $340 million Powerball ticket to a Medford family in the Oct. 19 drawing.The owners of the store, one of only two lottery retailers in the town, will put most of their windfall ...
Dec 9, 2005, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum