Vernonia woman wins $100,000 in lottery
A 24-year-old Vernonia woman won the lottery last week, picking up $100,000 from a Scratch-it ticket.
The winner, Ashley Smith, lives in Vernonia with her boyfriend, according to the Oregon Lottery. She stopped by the R&S Market in Vernonia after work, recalling a coworker who told her they had won a $200 prize from a lottery ticket. Smith bought a Scratch-It ticket and, to her surprise, she scratched off a $100,000 winning ticket.
"The only time I really play is during the holidays when I get Scratch-its as gifts," Smith said. "I never buy these and then I win $100,000. I mean, I bought it in this small town here, my goodness."
Smith told lottery officials that part of her winnings will be used to help pay for her wedding but noted she didn't plan to spend too much on the ceremony and would instead opt to "be smart" with most of her winnings.
"It's life-changing money for me," Smith said. "The first thing I did was pay off my student loans. We are going to invest the rest. It will give us a nice cushion."
Officials with the R&S Market said they were very happy a local won the big prize.
"We are very excited for the person who won," Randy and Sharon Parrow, owners
of the R&S Market, told lottery officials. "We are happy it was a person from Vernonia. We always thank everyone who shops at the R&S Market."
Over the last few years, R&S Market also sold a $20,000 winning Scratch-it in 2016.
Smith said she was still in shock about the win, and that she and her soon-to-be
husband would like to also
try to use the win for some travel.
"We haven't really travelled anywhere," she said. From 2015 to 2017, more than $10 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Columbia County, according to Oregon Lottery records.