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Dec. 14, 2015 - Salem, Ore. – Check your glove box, wallet, purse, fridge door or desk drawer – anywhere you store your Mega Millions tickets. Someone purchased a ticket worth $1 million in Newport for the January 15 Mega Millions drawing, and has one month to claim that prize.
The ticket was purchased the morning of Jan. 13 in Newport and had the winning numbers of 29-41-53-54-70. The winning ticket matched all five numbers but missed the Mega Ball number of 12. The jackpot for the drawing was $22 million.
As of Thursday, December 15, no one had claimed the prize. The ticket is valid until Jan. 15, 2017, a year from the date of the drawing.
“Who knew the catch of the day last January 15 was a $1 million Mega Millions ticket!” said Patrick Johnson, winner and promotion specialist with the Oregon Lottery. “Whether you live in Newport, or were visiting last January, check to make sure you aren’t sitting on a $1 million ticket. If you have the winning ticket, sign the back immediately and call the Oregon Lottery ahead of time to schedule a time to come in to claim the prize.”
All unclaimed prizes go into the state’s Economic Development Fund. In fiscal year 2015, more than $5.9 million in unclaimed prizes were transferred to the fund. In the timespan between July 1 and November 30, more than $1.66 million in prizes have gone unclaimed in this fiscal year.
Johnson said the last Mega Millions player to win $1 million was Charles Beatty from Prineville. Beatty won $1 million in May 2016 and purchased his ticket from The Towne Pump & Pantry, also in Prineville. He was Oregon’s fourth Mega Millions winner since the game was offered in Oregon in 2011. If someone claims the unclaimed $1 million prize, they will be Oregon’s fifth $1 million Mega Millions winner. While Oregon Lottery officials are still waiting for the state’s first Mega Millions jackpot winner, Oregon Mega Millions players have won more than $8.8 million in prizes of more than $10,000 since the game has been offered.
There are also two Powerball and a Keno prizes that have gone unclaimed. A winning $100,000 Powerball ticket was sold in Hillsboro on Oct. 12 and another $50,000 winning Powerball ticket was sold on Oct. 29 in Hubbard. Earlier this month a winning Keno ticket was sold in Portland that is worth $150,000.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. 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 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org
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