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CONTACT: Patrick Johnson
January 15, 2016 - Salem, Oregon
Theresa Osborne was amazed at how fast the news of her $100,000 Powerball win spread across Baker City, even reaching her son living in Eugene before she could call him.
“Everyone knew hours after I checked the ticket,” Osborne said.
Osborne bought a Powerball ticket after seeing the record-breaking jackpot of $1.6 billion. She used the quick pick, and bought the ticket with the $1 extra Powerplay option because “you never know what could happen.”
What happened was four of her numbers and the power ball matched, meaning she won $50,000, but with the multiplier of 2, she won $100,000.
“We were like everyone else Wednesday night, sitting on the couch talking about what we would do with $1.6 billion. It was unimaginable,” she said. “I looked on my phone to get the numbers and we couldn’t believe we got so many. I thought I lost, but then I noticed on the website you could win other ways. We haven’t gotten much sleep since realizing we won $100,000.”
Nathan Osbourne, who drives a school bus, said Thursday afternoon, students even knew his wife had won.
“News travels fast in Baker City,” Nathan said.
The couple said they were going to help out their two sons, pay off some bills and get new tires.
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.
The $50,000 winning Powerball tickets sold in Coos Bay and one in Portland have 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 two remaining winning tickets could be hanging on a refrigerator somewhere and people haven’t checked them, 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