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Whitney hits the $5.6 million jackpot while Meissel will receive $1,000 per week for life after hitting winning numbers.

COURTESY PHOTO - A Wilsonville resident and a Milwaukie resident won large sums of money through the Oregon Lottery.

Wilsonville resident Kathleen Whitney and Milwaukie resident Larry Meissel recently attained life-changing money at the Oregon Lottery, winning the $5.6 million Megabucks jackpot and the $1,000 Win for Life top prize of $1,000 a week, respectively.

According to a press release, Whitney bought her winning ticket at the Safeway on Wilsonville Road. She was planning her late mother's celebration of life when she scanned her Megabucks ticket on the Oregon Lottery application. Her winning numbers were 1-3-18-20-31-34.

"There were all these Hollywood lights and balloons on the screen. I told my husband, 'I think I won $5,600!' and showed him the screen. He looks at the screen and says, 'No. You won $5.6 million!' I can't help but think that my mom was part of us winning," she said in the release.

Whitney opted for the lump-sum option, so she will receive over $1.9 million after taxes. She plans to travel, remodel her home and pay some bills, according to the release.

For his part, Meissel used his age, 73, as part of his winning number of 11-28-47-73. He purchased his ticket at Morrow's Serv-U Market on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard in Milwaukie and chose to receive $1,000 per week rather than $52,000 a year.


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