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January 8, 2016 - Salem, Ore. – The afternoon the Powerball jackpot was upgraded to $800 million, a Portland man claimed a $1 million Powerball prize.
Joe Watson purchased his ticket at the Lombard Market in Portland and said he couldn’t believe he walked around for three days before checking the ticket.
“When I checked it, I couldn’t believe the number that came up. I have never seen a number that large,” Watson said. “I kept having people check the ticket. We did it five times. I had to bend over to catch my breath.”
Watson hit five of five numbers, but missed the Powerball. After taxes, Watson took home $670,000. The odds of him winning that prize were one in 11,688,053.52.
“If my friend had been with me I would have gotten a PowerPlay option and this would have been $2 million, but then I might not have won at all, so who knows,” Watson said. “All I know is that this is great!”
Watson, who lives in Portland, became the second Powerball millionaire in the past month. Monte Berry of Gresham won a $2 million Powerball jackpot December 12. Unlike Watson, Berry did add the PowerPlay multiplier option to double his prize.
Watson is living out the fantasy of millions of people who are purchasing Powerball tickets this week, as the jackpot hit a record-breaking $800 million. Players don’t have to necessarily win top prize to win. There were more than 57,000 winning tickets in Oregon who took home prizes worth over $1.2 million for the Wednesday, January 6 Powerball drawing.
Earlier this week, Fred Estabrook of Central Point won $50,000 and shared it with his co-workers. Lottery officials are still waiting for players to claim three $50,000 prizes who have tickets that were purchased in Gresham, Grants Pass and Eugene.
The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.
The winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.
Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public 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