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Disappointment turns into a Lucky Life

by Bill Shenk | May 20, 2015


CONTACT: Patrick Johnson
Phone: 503-540-1037
Cell: 971-600-6059

May 20, 2015 - Salem, Oregon 

We have all gone to the store with that particular thing you want to buy floating around in your head. But when you show up, they are out of stock, or worse yet, the person in front of you grabs the last one.

Monday that happened to Keith Foidel of Oregon City, only in his case, instead of leaving the store disappointed, he left $1.2 million richer.

This week Foidel of Oregon City was the first player to win the Lucky Life Scratch-its top prize, $10,000 per month for the next 10 years. Foidel purchased his ticket at the Albertson’s in Oregon City.

“I was going to buy the $5 Lucky Life ticket, but a lady in front of me got the last ticket,” Foidel said. “So I decided to take a $10 ticket instead. I’m glad I did!”

Foidel claimed his prize Monday, and opted to take the annuity payment which is about $80,000. Now every year on May 18, it won’t only be the anniversary of Mount St. Helens erupting, but also when he claimed his prize. The total prize is worth $1.2 million.

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 over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements.