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September 30, 2015 - Salem, Oregon
Heather Bonney and Trish Bell of Milwaukie have never met. But on one September afternoon, they shared an uncommon bond – both women claimed a $50,000 prize playing two separate Oregon Lottery Scratch-it games.
Bonney and Bell took the top prize on two separate Oregon Lottery Scratch-it games, purchasing the tickets from different retailers. The two women claimed their prizes Monday at the Oregon Lottery headquarters in Salem less than an hour apart from each other.
“I see many winners, and having two large Scratch-it winners come in less than an hour apart is amazing,” said Patrick Johnson, Promotion and Winner Specialist with the Oregon Lottery. “Both tickets were also sold in Clackamas County, one in Milwaukie and one in Oregon City – probably within 15 miles of each other. We also had a third person win $50,000 on a Scratch it they purchased in Wilsonville. It was a great weekend to be playing in Clackamas County!”
Heather Bonney won playing the $5 Big Money Crossword Scratch-it, found 10 words, and won $50,000. The Big Money Crossword has three top prizes, and Bonney claimed one of them, leaving two top prizes remaining for that game. Her odds of winning the prize were one in 240,000. Bonney, a single mom and nursing student, plans to use the money to continue with school.
With crossword Scratch-its players scratch the tickets and find words. The number of words on a ticket, correlates with how much the prize is. The more words the higher the prize.
Bonney said she purchased the ticket from Fred Meyer in Oregon City, and usually plays now and then for “low-cost fun.”
“At first I thought I had eight words, which is $200 and I thought ‘sweet!’,” Bonney said. “Then I kept looking at it and saw nine, and then 10. I didn’t even know what was happening! I usually win my $5 back, but never anything like this.”
Trish Bell, also of Milwaukie, won her $50,000 playing the $5 20X The Cash Scratch-it while out to dinner with her boyfriend. She purchased the ticket at the Porterhouse Restaurant in Milwaukie. The Porterhouse Restaurant also sold a $50,000 Win for Life ticket that same week.
Bell, who is in sales, said she was still in shock and didn’t know what to do with her winnings. Bell’s odds of hitting one of the three top prizes on the 20X game were one in 280,000, and there are two top prizes remaining for that game. The game is the focus a current Oregon Lottery marketing campaign.
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.