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Portland couple wins “free” $5.9 million jackpot

by Patrick Johnson | Mar 16, 2017

March 15, 2017 - Salem, Ore. – A retired Portland man won $5.9 million on a free Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket he won earlier in the week.

Bob Frost, who regularly plays Oregon’s Game Megabucks with his wife, said he had never won a prize with free Oregon’s Game Megabucks tickets. Megabucks players whose tickets match three of six numbers receive a free quick pick ticket.

“We win free tickets all the time when we play, but have never won anything with the free tickets,” Frost said Monday. “That’s until today.”

Frost and his wife have a morning ritual on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays – the mornings after the Megabucks drawings – where they have a cup of coffee and check their numbers. He always checks the free tickets last, because he hasn’t won anything with them.

“The first line of numbers on the free ticket didn’t have a single number,” he said. “So I immediately thought it wasn’t a winner. When I started checking the second set, when I got to three numbers I started thinking this could be it.”

Each single Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket has two set of numbers.

When he handed the ticket back to his wife, her first thought was that she wrote the numbers down wrong and pulled up the numbers again on That’s when the couple started realizing they had won.

“We didn’t know if you could win the jackpot on a free ticket, so we were looking on the Lottery website trying to see if there was a loophole or something,” he said. “When we didn’t find anything, we decided to go buy a dishwasher. We needed one and figured even if we didn’t win, it was still needed.”

When he claimed his prize on Monday, Frost said this year was his 25th wedding anniversary and the couple are planning a trip to Italy with the winnings. Frost opted to claim the $5.9 million prize as a lump sum payment of $2.95 million and after taxes took home $1,976,500. He is the 259th Megabucks millionaire.

Frost purchased the original Megabucks ticket which was worth a free ticket at fittingly-named Lucky Spot in Portland. He then claimed the free ticket at the Lucky Spot in Portland. The retailer will receive a 1-percent selling bonus, bringing in $59,000 for the store.

The winning numbers were 1-7-31-40-44-47 for the Saturday, March 11 drawing. Frost’s free ticket matched all six numbers. Oregon’s Game Megabucks numbers are drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Oregon’s Game Megabucks is the Oregon Lottery’s local draw game which features a draw of six numbers out of a set of 48. Prizes start at $1 million and grown until someone wins.  

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