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Oregon Lottery winners for 2020: Winning $6.3 million jackpot? ‘I was cool as a cucumber’

Here are some of the winners of the Oregon Lottery so far in 2020. All text from the Oregon Lottery. Here are the 2019 winners. Read up on 2018 winners here.

$80,000 Scratch-it winner

May 12, 2020 – Salem, Ore. – The are a multitude of ways to play Oregon Lottery Scratch-its. Some people scratch to see the prizes first, some go line by line. Others simply scratch the barcode and scan the tickets to find out they won. Then you have Harry Goodier of Springfield.

Goodier’s system for playing Scratch-its paid off this week — scratching the game part of the ticket first, then revealing his prize.

“I like to not see the prizes until I’m done,” Goodier said. “I saw I had a winner, went back, and when it said $80,000 I couldn’t believe it.”

Goodier won $80,000, the top prize, on the $10 Bonus Slots Scratch-it. As of Tuesday, May 12, one top prize remained on the popular Scratch-it. Goodier purchased his ticket the Chevron on 42nd Street in Springfield when he stopped for an energy drink.

“As I was checking out, that Scratch-it called my name,” Goodier laughed. “After I scratched it, I checked it on the mobile app, and when I got the balloons and ‘Congratulations Harry!’ I knew it was real.”

To protect the health and safety of its employees and the public, the Oregon Lottery has temporarily closed the Salem and Wilsonville Lottery offices. Officials with the Lottery continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. If players have a winning ticket, they can fill out a claim form on the Oregon Lottery website, https://oregonlottery.org/about/claim-prizes , and then mail in the signed ticket and claim form.

Players who have winning tickets of $50,000 or more, will need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance. As always, players should be certain to sign the back of their tickets.

Goodier was one of several Scratch-it winners who visited the Oregon Lottery this week. With the shuttering of Video Lottery terminals across the state due to public health concerns, Lottery officials say that Scratch-it sales last week were double what they were a year ago.

$50,000 Scratch-it winner

April 17, 2020 – Salem, Ore. – The boredom of being cooped up in her Medford home during the recent stay-at-home guidelines, turned into an excellent week after Maria Salas visited her local Minute Mart.

And thanks to that visit, Salas’ boredom soon became excitement as she came home with a Scratch-it worth $50,000.

“We normally play Video Lottery, and when we went to the market we saw the Scratch-its and decided to play,” she said. “The first ticket we played was the winner. I was in shock – I am still in shock.”

Instead of coming home with snacks, Salas Laris said she came home with the down payment for some property.

“I haven’t been able to sleep, I’m so excited,” she said. “I have a down payment now, it’s great.”

Salas Laris turned the $5 Lucky Lemons Scratch-it she purchased at the Minute Mart in Medford, into $50,000, that’s a lot of lemonade! She then contacted the Oregon Lottery to claim her prize.

To protect the health and safety of its employees and the public, the Oregon Lottery has temporarily closed the Salem and Wilsonville Lottery offices. Officials with the Lottery continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. If players have a winning ticket, they can fill out a claim form on the Oregon Lottery website, https://oregonlottery.org/about/claim-prizes , and then mail in the signed ticket and claim form.

Players who have winning tickets of $50,000 or more, will need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance. As always, players should be certain to sign the back of their tickets.

$6.3 million Megabucks winner

March 27, 2020 – Salem, Ore. Robert (Bob) McCauley of Mt. Vernon is the Oregon Lottery’s newest Megabucks jackpot winner. McCauley matched all six of his numbers – on a free Megabucks ticket he’d won from a previous drawing – and won the $6.3 million jackpot for the Monday, Mar. 23 Megabucks drawing.

“I decided to go to the Post Office,” said McCauley. “It’s only a couple of blocks away.” Luckily for him, as he passed the Blue Mountain Mini Mart on his way to the Post Office, he thought he’d check his Megabucks ticket from the last drawing and get a new ticket for the next drawing.

Practicing good social distancing, McCauley went to the Mini Mart’s drive-up window to make his Lottery purchase. Working at the store was Mini Mart Manager Jolene Moulton. “I checked Bob’s ticket and actually gave him the voucher slip that came with his free ticket,” said Jolene. “As he was walking away, I saw the free play ticket sitting on the counter and realized Bob had the wrong ticket. I called him back to the window gave him the free ticket.”

The next day, McCauley had a knock on his door at home. “It was Bill, from the city,” said McCauley. “I answered the door and Bill says, ‘Bob. You need to check your ticket because Jolene thinks you may have won the lottery.’” Knowing the winning jackpot ticket had been sold in Mt. Vernon, population 512, and knowing she’d sold only three Megabucks tickets at the Mini Mart for Monday’s Megabucks drawing, Jolene dispatched Bill to McCauley’s house.

McCauley asked his daughter, Pam, to check the winning numbers online. They soon learned that Jolene’s hunch was true “Pam was screaming and jumping up and down,” said McCauley. “I was cool as a cucumber.”

After calling the Lottery to make an appointment, Bob arrived in Salem Thursday, Mar. 26 with a small group of family and friends to claim his prize. Asked what he was going to buy first, he said his wife wanted a new refrigerator. And after the fridge, Bob will get a new truck.

McCauley chose to take the bulk-sum option, which splits the prize in half, and after taxes, he took home $2.14 million.

At this time, to protect the health and safety of our employees and the public, we have temporarily closed the Salem and W

$1 million raffle winner

March 20, 2020 – Salem, Ore. – After Ann Charkowicz and her husband Brian saved a toddler from being hit by a car, she had a “good feeling” and purchased an Oregon Lottery Raffle ticket that won her $1 million.
The Coos Bay couple, who have been married for 36 years, were getting ready for a vacation to hunt for agates when they noticed a toddler walking into a busy street. They got the child home safely, and after the vacation Ann decided to purchase the tickets.
“I figured I did something good, something good might happen to me,” Ann said.
Ann purchased the winning $1 million jackpot ticket at the Safeway where she works in Coos Bay, on Johnson Avenue. Ann has worked for the company for 34 years.
Earlier this week, when the Raffle winning numbers were announced, she printed the numbers to post them for customers. When she looked at the printout, the winning number looked familiar. When she checked her ticket, she couldn’t believe it.
“The first thing I said to Brian was, ‘How much do we need for me to retire?'” she said. “I had a feeling I was going to win, and it came true. It was karma.”
The couple took home $680,000 after taxes and said they were going to save the money until things stabilize with the economy. She did say she may try to reduce her hours at work.
“It is crazy right now,” Brian said. “We are being extremely careful with this money.”
Officials with Safeway said currently their staff is so busy keeping up with shopping demand, that it was great to hear some good news.
“We are so thrilled for Ann!” said Jill McGinnis, director of communications and public affairs for Safeway. “Our employees work so hard, now more than ever. I can’t think of a better time for her to win. I hope that she feels a great sense of security because of this — and has some fun too!”
The winning number was 080948. There are a total of 1801 winning tickets, with one $1 million prize, 300 prizes of $500 and 1,500 prizes of $100. For a complete list of winning numbers visit the Oregon Lottery’s Raffle website at oregonlottery.org/raffle.

$1 million Mega Millions winner

March 9, 2020 – Salem, Ore. – A Tualatin Air Force veteran had the shock of his life when he realized he won $1 million playing Mega Millions.

James Robbins of Tualatin purchased his $2 Mega Millions ticket at his local Fred Meyer, with one set of numbers, for the Feb. 21 drawing. A few days later he took the ticket to the customer service desk, where the clerk told him he’d have to claim his prize at an Oregon Lottery payment center because he’d won more than $600. Last Friday, he visited the Oregon Lottery’s Wilsonville Payment Center, where he learned he had matched 5 numbers but missed the Mega Ball – meaning he won $1 million.

“I was so shocked I started shaking and the staff asked me if I wanted some water,” he said. “They also had me sign the back of the ticket and told me that I had to go to Salem to get the prize. I kept saying ‘Are you serious?’”

Since Robbins was so excited, he opted to get a friend to drive him to Oregon Lottery headquarters where he claimed his prize this week. Oregon Lottery’s Wilsonville Payment Center can only pay out prizes up to $50,000.

“I plan on helping my daughter out with the prize, otherwise I am going to be saving it,” he said.

This is the second large prize Fred Meyer has been responsible for this year, and officials said they think 2020 is off to a great start.

“Fred Meyer is proud to offer Oregon Lottery at our stores. We are excited to have sold a $1 million winning Mega Millions ticket at our Tualatin store,” said Jeffery Temple, Director of Corporate Affairs. “This is the second large prize we have sold this year. So far, 2020 is a good year to purchase Lottery tickets at Fred Meyer!”

Oregon Lottery winners for 2020: Winning $6.3 million jackpot? ‘I was cool as a cucumber’ Here are some of the winners of the Oregon Lottery so far in 2020. All text from the Oregon Lottery. Here

When You Win

If you won, Congratulations! But now what? Where do you claim your prize? Do you owe taxes? What are your payment options? Read below for all the answers. But before you do, sign the back of your winning ticket and take a deep breath. It feels good to win. In most cases, you have up to a year to claim your prize—plenty of time to get all the answers you need. So celebrate!

NOTICE: Salem and Wilsonville lottery offices are currently closed to the public.

Although you can’t visit us in person, the Lottery’s payment center is staffed and operating. We are currently fulfilling most prizes by mail-in claims. Read below for more information on how to claim and learn about exceptions to the mail-in requirement.

Claiming Prizes by Mail

Our Salem and Wilsonville offices are closed to the public, but we’re still hard at work fulfilling mail-in claims by the hundreds each week!

If you won up to $50,000!
If you’re a winner of up to $50,000, be sure to sign the back of your ticket. Complete the Winner Claim Form – English, Spanish, and mail it in with your signed, original winning ticket to the Lottery office in Salem (mail-in claims are not processed at the Wilsonville payment center). Be sure to keep a copy for your own records. We recommend sending your ticket by registered mail.

Mail to:
Oregon Lottery
PO Box 14515
Salem, OR 97309

Note: Because we need your physical winning ticket, we are unable to accept claims by fax or email.

When will I get my prize?

The simple answer is as soon as possible!

But with mailing, processing time, and staffing levels that are sometimes impacted by this year’s unique challenges, pinning down an exact timeline is difficult. We’ve outlined the process below to give you a better idea of what to expect.

Be assured that, just like you, we want to get your prize processed quickly. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Prize Claim Timeline

WIN! The first step might just be the hardest. But if you’re here to claim a prize, you already did it. Congratulations!

SEND Unless your win qualifies as an exception to the main-in process (see above), sign your ticket and mail it to us with your claim form – ideally by registered mail.

PROCESSING Once we get your claim, we’ll start the process of issuing your Elan Prepaid Card or check. Processing time depends on how many prize claims we’ve received and staffing levels. Although we work as quickly as we can, please allow up to three weeks for this step.

RETURN MAIL Yay! Your prepaid card or check is on its way. Once it’s in your hands, you’re on your own for the final step – deciding what to do with your win. Congrats!

How to Claim Your Prize

Jackpot Prizes

Prize

Up to $600

Prizes up to $600 may be claimed at any Lottery retailer. Staying home? Prizes up to $50,000 should be claimed by mail. See details in “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Prize

$601-$49,999

For now, prizes up to $50,000 should be claimed by mail. See details in “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Prize

$50,000+

If you’re lucky enough to have a big win over $50,000, you’ll need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance.

Most prizes can be claimed by mail

Scratch It Prizes

Prize

Up to $600

Prizes up to $600 may be claimed at any Lottery retailer. Staying home? Prizes up to $50,000 should be claimed by mail. See details in “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Prize

$601-$49,999

For now, prizes up to $50,000 should be claimed by mail. See details in “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Prize

$50,000+

If you’re lucky enough to have a big win over $50,000, you’ll need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance.

Most prizes can be claimed by mail

Video Lottery Prizes

Prize

Up to $1,250

Video Lottery prizes of up to $1,250 may be claimed at the retailer where the prize was won (within 28 days of the date the ticket was issued).

Video Lottery prizes of any amount can also be claimed by mail at any time (you have one year to claim by mail). See details in “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Prize

Prizes over $1,250 may be claimed by mail up to a year after winning. See details in “Claiming prizes by mail” to get more info and download the Winner Claim Form.

Most prizes can be claimed by mail

Mail-in Claim Exceptions

Currently, most winners must claim their prizes by mail, but there are a couple of exceptions.

  • Scratch-it, Keno, and jackpot drawing winners of up to $600 can be claimed at any Oregon Lottery retailer (or claimed by mail at the Lottery)
  • Video Lottery winners of up to $1,250 can be claimed at the Lottery retail location when the prize was won (or claimed by mail at the Lottery)
  • If you win on Oregon Lottery Scoreboard, our sports betting app, your prizes and taxes are managed through the Scoreboard app.
  • If you won $50,000 or more on any game (except Scoreboard), you’ll need to come to the Lottery’s Salem office in person to claim your prize. Sign the back of your winning ticket and call 503-540-1000 to make an appointment.

In most cases, you have up to a year to claim your prize. Some winners may opt to postpone their claim as our open hours may change over time. If you choose to delay claiming your prize, it’s especially important to sign your ticket and keep it in a safe place.

Prize Payments by Oregon Lottery Elan Prepaid Card

Mailed-in prize claims of up to $20,000 will be fulfilled with an easy to use Oregon Lottery Elan Prepaid Card (larger prizes will be issued by check).

  • You will have instant access to your winnings. Use your prepaid card anywhere VisaВ® debit and credit cards are accepted.
  • Want cash? Oregon Lottery Elan Prepaid Cards may be used at almost any ATM across the state. To avoid transaction fees, visit your nearest MoneyPass ATM.
  • Video Lottery prizes up to $1,250 can still be claimed at the Lottery retail location where the prize was won. All other Oregon Lottery prizes up to $600 can be claimed at any Oregon Lottery retailer.

Tax and Payout Information

State Tax

The Oregon Lottery automatically withholds an 8% state tax on all prizes of $1,500 or more. This follows state law effective January 1, 2018.

Federal Tax

Non-Video Lottery prizes over $5,000 will have both the 8% state and 24% federal taxes withheld.

For Video Lottery prizes, only the 8% state tax withheld.

W2G

At the time you get your prize, the Lottery will provide you with your W2G.

Residency

If a winner is a non-resident alien, the Lottery is required to withhold 30% federal withholding tax from all prize payments. For prizes of $1,500 and more, Oregon state tax withholding is 8%.

Jackpot Games Payout Options

Cash or Annuity?

You’ve won an Oregon Lottery jackpot! Yay. Did you know you have a couple of options on how to take your prize winnings?

If you win a jackpot playing Powerball, Mega Millions or Oregon’s Game Megabucks, you have two options – choose between a one-time cash payment or you can receive 30 annual installments. You’ll need to choose one when you come to the Lottery office to claim your prize.

Not sure what to do?! You have the option of validating your winning ticket at the Lottery office and then take some time – not too much time – to consider how to take your prize. You’ll need to make your choice within 60 days of the date you brought your winning ticket to the Lottery to be validated.

I’ll Take the Lump Sum, Please!

If you choose the one-time cash payment, you will receive one-half of the advertised prize in one lump sum.

I’d Like 30 Years of Prize Payments!

You second option is to choose the 30-year annuity. Winners of a Powerball, Mega Millions or Oregon’s Game Megabucks jackpot prize who choose the 30-year annuity, fill out a beneficiary designation form when you claim your prize. This form designates who will receive the remaining annuity payments if the winner passes away before the 30-year annuity payments have ended.

OREGON LOTTERY DOLLARS DO SO MANY GOOD THINGS

Have you won? Congratulations! Some prizes can be claimed from the retailers; others are paid by the Lottery only. Learn how and where to claim your prize. ]]>