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January 11, 2015 - Salem, Ore. – While the jackpot is still more than $200 million for the next Powerball drawing, players in Oregon celebrated the next best thing – five winning tickets of more than $50,000. One of these nabbed a $2 million jackpot!
The five winning tickets total more than $3 million in winnings, were sold in Gresham, Newberg, Jacksonville, Bandon and Gearhart for the Powerball drawing on Saturday, December 19.
Monte Berry, Jr., of Gresham was the first of the winners to come in to collect his $2 million prize. Berry won playing Oregon’s Jackpot Trio℠, where customers receive a MegaMillions, Oregon’s Game Megabucks and Powerball ticket all at the same time. He doubled his winnings from $1 million to $2 million by purchasing the Power Play option.
“I always play the Jackpot Trio because it is the best bang for your buck,” Berry said. “When I checked the ticket online in my pajamas I couldn’t believe it. I had my wife check it, then I checked it and then I checked it and then she checked it, we just kept checking it. I went from crossing my fingers to opening my fingers.”
Berry, who wants to be on the TV show Survivor, said he is going to buy a new house with his winnings, and he wants to travel with his three kids.
“We haven’t been outside the western states,” Berry said. “So I will start planning a trip. I am still considering what I am going to do, but it’s nice to have these options.”
Addison Meader of Seaside was also a lucky winner and claimed her $50,000 Powerball prize Monday. She purchased her ticket from Bud’s Campground & Grocery in Gearhart.
Oregon Lottery officials are still waiting for the other Powerball winners to claim their prizes. The winning numbers were 28-30-33-41-68 with a Powerball of 10. A retailer in Bandon sold a $1 million Powerball ticket, where a player selected all the numbers correctly but didn’t choose the Powerball correctly.
Jacksonville and Newberg retailers also sold tickets that are worth $50,000, where players picked four numbers and the Powerball correctly. The odds of winning $50,000 playing Powerball are one in 913,129.18
In addition, lottery officials are also waiting for another $50,000 Powerball winner who purchased the ticket in Sisters on December 2. The winning number for the Dec 9 drawing are 7-10-46-50-56 and Powerball 1.
The winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.
Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales fund 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 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 nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org