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January 15, 2016 - Salem, Oregon
Even though Lee Palmer of Coos Bay won $50,000 playing Powerball Wednesday night, it was his wife, Dominique, who really won.
“When I realized I won, I knew we were going to take pictures, so I shaved off my Mohawk,” Lee said, proudly showing pictures of the haircut he gave himself. “It was a mess, but I liked it.”
Dominique didn’t share Lee’s opinion of the Mohawk. However, both were excited when they found out that they had matched four numbers and the power ball Wednesday night.
“We were out and didn’t check the tickets until 10,” Lee said. “We immediately starting thinking about what we could do with the money. It’s a blessing.”
The Palmers said they were going to pay off bills and be very conservative with their winnings. The couple took home a little more than $33,000 after taxes.
Lee purchased the quick pick Powerball ticket at the 7-Eleven in Coos Bay along Highway 101 on his way to work.
There were more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon from the record-breaking Powerball drawing Wednesday night. Prizes range from $50,000 to $4. Seven $50,000 winning tickets were sold in Oregon, from lottery retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland.
One of the $50,000 winning Powerball tickets sold in Portland has yet to be claimed.
The numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 with a power ball of 10.
“With the number of sales we had, there were a lot of tickets sold,” said Patrick Johnson, lottery spokesman. “The remaining winning ticket could be hanging on a refrigerator somewhere and it hasn’t been checked, we don’t know.”
Winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.
Overall, Oregon Lottery Powerball players won over $1.5 million in prizes from last night’s drawing. Powerball sales in Oregon for Wednesday alone exceeded $6.3 million.
The three jackpot-winning tickets were sold in Florida, Tennessee and California. The winners split the $1.6 billion jackpot. The drawing created 89 new millionaires across the country. Nationwide a total of 29,121,304 people won prizes of less than $1 million.
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 and the jackpot will reset to $40 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.
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 are advised to contact the Lottery office and 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