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CONTACT: Patrick Johnson
Sept. 21, 2016 - Coburg, Ore. – When Eric Tackett won $9.4 million playing Oregon’s Game Megabucks, little did he know that the nearly 100 employees at the Truck N Travel in Coburg would also share in his win.
Wednesday afternoon, John Anderson, president of the Truck N Travel TA truck stop off Interstate 5, announced that each employee would receive a $500 bonus, thanks to the big win. For any prize more than $10,000, Oregon Lottery retailers, receive a 1-percent selling bonus, and in the case of Truck N Travel, the bonus was $94,000.
“Our employees work so hard, when we found out we were going to receive $94,000 it just made sense to share it with them,” Anderson said, trying not to get emotional. “We appreciate our employees.”
The truck stop, which is family owned, sold the winning ticket on Aug. 31 and Anderson said half of the selling bonus went to the employees, while the other half was going to be used for maintenance on the buildings.
“I just know that we are going to need new air conditioners soon,” said Jim Anderson, John’s brother, who also is involved with the truck stop.
The Oregon Lottery was on hand Wednesday to present the family with the $94,000 selling bonus check and also handed out approximately 150 free Lottery tickets to celebrate the win.
“I didn’t find out I sold the ticket until the winners came back and gave me a tip,” said Audree Taylor, one of the checkers at the store in the truck stop. “We all were so excited and celebrated. I am just so full of excitement that everyone got a bonus because I did my job.”
Tackett, a truck driver from Sutherlin, became the 256th Oregon Megabucks Millionaire when he hit the jackpot on Aug. 31. He claimed his prize Sept. 6 after delivering a load of steel in Albany. He plans to continue driving his truck.
“Normally I win free tickets,” Tackett said. “I thought everyone was messing with me when they told me I won $9.4 million. I had (my wife) Beth check the ticket more than 50 times on different computers and phones.”
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 over $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org