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CONTACT: Patrick Johnson
January 14, 2016 - Salem, Oregon
If the butcher shop hadn’t been closed, friends from a Portland neighborhood might not be splitting $50,000 in Powerball winnings.
Barbara Healey and her neighbor and friend Erica Johnson decided they were going to try out a new butcher shop in Portland. So the two women, and Erica’s mother-in-law, Shawna Johnson from Utah, piled in the car and headed out. When the shop was closed, they stopped at Uncle John’s Market in Portland to get some Powerball tickets instead.
“We had no idea what we were doing, but the prize was so big we had to give it a try,” Barbara said.
This week the Powerball jackpot grew to a record-breaking $1.6 billion, creating a buzz felt around the world. When the three women bought their ticket on Monday, they didn’t think they had a chance of winning.
The three friends bought a $10 Powerball ticket, with quick pick, and matched four numbers and the Powerball. When they checked the ticket, they couldn’t believe it.
“My family had planned a trip to Disneyland, now we are going to go all out,” Erica said. “This is so much fun!”
Erica’s mother-in-law, Shawna, said she couldn’t wait to carry her over-sized check on the airplane for the trip back home.
“I’m going to be the most popular person on the plane,” she said.
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 which will 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