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Stocking stuffer leads to $4.2 million Megabucks jackpot

by Patrick Johnson | Jan 19, 2017


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Jan. ​19, 2017 - Salem, Ore.
– On a whim, a Salem couple used their winnings from Scratch-it tickets they received for Christmas to buy a Megabucks ticket. Thanks to that spur of the moment purchase Susan Gasperini and Chris Erion won the $4.2 million Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot.  

Gasperini and Erion usually only buy Oregon Lottery tickets for birthdays and holidays, and almost always Scratch-its. So after getting Scratch-its for Christmas, Gasperini took the winnings from those Scratch-Its and broke with their normal tradition; he bought an Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket for three drawings instead. 

By winning the $4.2 million jackpot, Gasperini became Oregon’s 258th Megabucks millionaire. The couple split the prize.  

The winning numbers were 4-31-40-41-45-48 for the Wednesday, Jan. 4 drawing. Gasperini matched all six numbers with her quick pick ticket. 

Oregon’s Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. 

The couple purchased the ticket at the Safeway on South Commercial Street in Salem. The store will now receive a 1-percent sales bonus of $42,000 for selling the winning ticket.

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 more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit


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