FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Joanie Stevens-Schwenger
December 22, 2015 - Salem, Ore. – A new Oregon law effective Jan. 1, 2016 authorizes the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority to garnish Oregon Lottery prize payments greater than $600 to recover overpayments of public assistance, medical assistance, and supplemental nutrition assistance.
What does this mean to players?
If a player claims a Lottery prize greater than $600 with the Lottery, the Lottery must check with DHS/OHA to see if the player owes an overpayment. If the player does, the Lottery is required to hold the prize payment for 30 days to allow DHS/OHA to garnish the prize to recover the overpayment.
How will it work?
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