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.
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.
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