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Because the store sold a winning Lottery Raffle ticket, it receives a $10,000 bonus

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN
 - Safeway Communications Director Jill McGinnis accepts a ceremonial check for $10,000 from Oregon Lottery Public Information Officer Chuck Baumann after the store sold a winning lottery raffle ticket to a Newberg couple.

About two months ago, a Newberg couple netted a major win: they were the winners of the 2019 Oregon Lottery Raffle, netting a $1 million prize. After taxes, Steve and Shirley Seaquist walked away with $680,000.

Then last week the store they purchased the winning ticket from got in on the action as well. The Newberg Safeway store received 1 percent of the total winnings, good for a haul of $10,000. On April 18, Oregon Lottery officials presented the Safeway with a ceremonial, oversized check for selling the winning ticket.

A spokesperson for the lottery said the 1-percent selling bonus is for any prize larger than $10,000 and is part of the lottery policy. It includes Powerball, Oregon's Game Megabucks, Mega Millions and the Raffle. The bonus is capped at $100,000.

It is up to the store to decide how to use that money.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets in April 1985, it has earned nearly $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements.

During the 2015-2017 biennium in Yamhill County more than $14.2 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement.

The Newberg School District received more than $3.8 million during that same time from Oregon Lottery funding.

Business briefs

Newberg public works department will open on several Saturdays

The Newberg public works department, a branch of the city of Newberg, will be open for limited hours the next coming Saturdays.

The department at 2600 N.E Wynooski Road will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27, May 4 and May 11.

Regular weekday hours of 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will remain.

Newberg to host meeting for revenue sharing

The city of Newberg will host a public hearing on the possible uses of state revenue sharing this coming year at 6:30 p.m. April 30 in the Public Safety Building on Third and Howard streets.

The new fiscal year begins July 1.

The public can attend to comment or submit comments to Sue Ryan, City Recorder, PO Box 970, Newberg, Oregon, 97132, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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