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CONTACT: Patrick Johnson
January 14, 2016 - Salem, Oregon
Dave Braun of Veneta was one of those people who at 7:59 p.m. on Wednesday was checking his phone to see the Powerball numbers.
Braun purchased his ticket after deciding that he needed to get out of the house. He drove to Dari-Mart in Veneta and bought a $10 Powerball quick pick ticket. Little did he know that his ticket would have match four of the five numbers and the Powerball.
“I won’t lie. When I checked the ticket I started shaking,” Braun said. “One number off!”
He went back to Dari-Mart to check the ticket and was advised that he needed to go to Salem to pick up his winnings.
“That’s when I knew I had really won,” he said.
Braun said it was the “third or fourth” time he had ever played Powerball, he did say he enjoys playing Keno. With his win he plans on getting a better, extended cab truck for his family and paying some medical bills.
This week the Powerball jackpot grew to a record-breaking $1.6 billion, creating a buzz that was felt around the world.
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 winning ticket from Baker City is actually a $100,000 prize as the player added the Power Play multiplier option for an addition $1. The Power Play multiplier drawn for last night’s drawing was 2, thus doubling the $50,000 prize.
The numbers for Wednesday night’s drawing were 4, 8, 19, 27, 34 with a power ball of 10.
“There are nine ways to win Powerball, it isn’t just hitting all the numbers and the Powerball,” said Patrick Johnson, lottery spokesman. “So check your ticket! While $1.6 billion is life-changing, getting a $50,000, or even $100 check is a welcome windfall.”
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.
While there were three jackpot-winning tickets from 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