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by Chuck Baumann | Apr 25, 2016

April 12, 2016 - Salem, Ore. -- A ticket purchased on the way to go fishing, turned into $3.8 million for a Medford man Tuesday.

William Batzer of Medford purchased a $2 Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket from the Purple Parrot on Biddle Road in Medford, then promptly went fishing. Batzer put the ticket in his truck and forgot all about it until last Thursday. Batzer picked the winning number by using birthdays and the Swami method -- selecting numbers that "came" to him.

By winning the $3.8 million jackpot, Batzer became Oregon's 255th Megabucks millionaire. Batzer took the cash option, and after taxes received approximately $1.273 million.

Terry Hopkins, a company spokesman, said he was happy that the company would see a $38,000 retail check commission for selling the winning ticket. Retailers that sell winning lottery tickets receive a 1-percent commission.

"We are a locally-owned business with several locations around Southern Oregon," Hopkins said. "We are very proud to be a part of the local community and employing local folks. We appreciate having the Oregon Lottery to support our business and for the support it gives to our communities as well."

There are 19 Purple Parrots around the Medford and Grants Pass area, Hopkins said.

The winning numbers were 8-18-27-35-39-42 for the Wednesday, April 6, drawing. Oregon's Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Batzer was the second Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot winner this year, Pamela Allen of Astoria won $7.8 million in March.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. 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 should contact the Lottery office to 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



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