February 25, 2016 - Salem, Ore. – When Lisa Holland of John Day told her husband that she was one number away from winning millions of dollars, she was afraid he was going to have a heart attack.
“He was so excited he couldn’t catch his breath,” Lisa said when she claimed her $50,000 Powerball prize Wednesday. “I think he is still worked up. He ended up telling everyone in town.”
The John Day social network is working overtime on hearing about the big win. The Hollands purchased the ticket at Chester’s Thriftway in John Day, and Lisa said they play every week.
"We like the draw games,” she said. “We do Powerball, Mega Millions and Oregon’s Game Megabucks. It’s our ticket to dream about what we would do if we hit the big one.”
While they didn’t win the $190 million, they still have a chance. This week the Powerball jackpot continued to grow and is at $266 million.
“He is getting a new motor for the boat, and I am getting laminate countertops for the kitchen,” Lisa said. “And we will help our kids out.”
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