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
Oregon Powerball winners deny making demands for interviews
The Powerball jackpot winners from Southern Oregon say they have been unfairly portrayed in the national media.The claim came after The New York Post reported that Steve and Carolyn West of Medford and Bob and Frances Chaney of Jacksonville demanded amenities such as a private jet, Broadway tickets and a limousine tour in exchange for an exclusive interview on the NBC Today show. The two couples won a record $340 million Powerball jackpot on Oct. 19.But a spokesman for the family told the Medf ...
Nov 14, 2005, 9:48 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball lottery winners talk about hitting the jackpot
Remember the Powerball winners from southern Oregon? Well, they almost didn't win.When Carolyn West's parents asked her if she wanted to go in on a Powerball ticket, her husband told her not to waste her money. She didn't listen to him, and it turned out to be a decision worth millions. I told my wife we never win at that, let's go up to Seven Feathers and play some blackjack and have a good evening, but she has a mind of her own so she whispered to her dad and mom, 'go ahead, we'll go in with ...
Nov 8, 2005, 2:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Winners of $340 million Powerball lottery step forward
The answer to a multi-million dollar mystery has been revealed.For nearly three weeks Americans have been wondering who in Oregon won the $340 million dollar Powerball jackpot drawn on October 19.Well, now we know it was Steve and Carolyn West and Frances and Bob Cheney of Jacksonville, Ore. The two couples are splitting the largest Powerball jackpot in history.And it's staying all in the family, Frances and Bob are Carolyn's parents and the first to realize they'd won. That night, I got on the ...
Nov 8, 2005, 2:05 pm - Lottery News forum