Sandy lotto player one of two to win Megabucks jackpot
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With all the luck out there, it is still a rarity that more than one person should win a claim to a lottery jackpot. But it happened on Oct. 25, when two players won a share in Oregon's $9 million Megabucks game jackpot.
One winning ticket was purchased in Sandy and one in Portland. Each winner will be awarded a $4.5 million prize. The winning numbers to the still-partially-unclaimed purse are 12-21-30-42-44-47. The Sandy winner has one year from Oct. 25 to visit the Lottery headquarters in Salem and pick up their portion of the jackpot.
Portland resident Tarver Hannant had claimed his very special Halloween treat on Tuesday, Oct. 31. He took the one-time cash payment option, gaining him $1.5 million after taxes.
Hannant bought his lucky ticket at a Plaid Pantry in North Portland.
According to a release by the Oregon Lottery, the last time a Megabucks jackpot was split between two winners was April 2009, when each winner claimed a cool $3.6 million.
Since 1985, there have only been 13 instances of a multi-winner jackpot. In 1988, three people actually shared the $5 million reward. This is also the third time a winning ticket worth more than $1 million has been sold by a Portland-area Plaid Pantry.
"Plaid Pantry is a locally owned and operated company with 109 stores and we are very pleased to have a third store sell a jackpot ticket this year!" the release quoted Jonathan Polonsky, president and chief operating officer with Plaid Pantry. "The Oregon Lottery does great things for the state and local economies and Plaid Pantry is very proud of our long-term partnership with them."
Funds from the sale of lottery tickets and video lottery services go to benefit public education, economic development, watershed projects and parks and recreation efforts. During the 2013 and 2015 biennium, the Oregon Trail School District received more than $2.2 million in lottery funds. Since the Oregon Lottery's inception, it has earned more than $11 billion statewide for these efforts.
"The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game," the department urged in its Oct. 27 statement. "In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize."
For more information, visit www.oregonlottery.org.