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Oregon Powerball winners start claiming prizes

by User Not Found | Jan 22, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Patrick Johnson
Phone: 503-540-1037
Cell: 971-600-6059
Email: patrick.johnson@state.or.us

January 15, 2016 - Salem, Oregon

Even though no one from Oregon won the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, the Oregon Lottery offices were busy Thursday awarding $50,000 prizes to Oregonians. It’s a reminder that you might have a Powerball ticket that’s worth some cash.

Here are the winners who claimed $50,000 Powerball wins yesterday:

David Braun, Veneta, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Shyla Lemaster, Grants Pass, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Robert Padua, Salem, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Barbara Healey, Portland, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Jan. 13 drawing.

Thomas Winterberry, Canyonville, $50,000 Powerball win from the Saturday, Jan. 9 drawing.

Keisha Lopez, Gresham, $50,000 Powerball win from the Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 drawing.

Healey opted to split the prize with her neighbors, Erica Johnson from Portland and Johnson’s mother-in-law Shawna Johnson from Utah. After the split, and taxes, each took home approximately $11,000.

There were more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon from the record-breaking Powerball drawing Wednesday night. Prizes range from $50,000 to $4. Oregon Lottery retailers sold seven  $50,000 winning tickets were sold in Oregon, from lottery retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland.

The winning ticket from Baker City is actually a $100,000 prize as the player added the Power Play multiplier option for an addition $1. The Power Play multiplier drawn for last night’s drawing was 2, thus doubling the $50,000 prize.

The numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 with a power ball of 10.

“There are nine ways to win Powerball, it isn’t just hitting all the numbers and the Powerball,” said Patrick Johnson, lottery spokesman. “So check your ticket! While $1.6 billion is life-changing, getting a $50,000, or even $100 check is a welcome windfall.”

Winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.

Overall, Oregon Lottery Powerball players won over $1.5 million in prizes from last night’s drawing. Powerball sales in Oregon for Wednesday alone exceeded $6.3 million.

While there were three jackpot-winning tickets from Florida, Tennessee and California. The winners split the $1.6 billion jackpot. The drawing created 89 new millionaires across the country. Nationwide a total of 29,121,304 people won prizes of less than $1 million.

The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org