SPRINGFIELD, Oregon. “Call it a Christmas miracle—several weeks late.
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According to KMTRan Oregon man recently checked a forgotten lottery ticket and learned he had won an $8.9 million jackpot.
Wilbur Brown, of Springfield, was with a group of friends at the Moose Lodge on December 24 when he decided to purchase a $25 Megabucks ticket, the Oregon Lottery said Tuesday in a press release. The purchase allowed him to star in the next 26 drawings through February 19.
Although Brown made sure to check his ticket after the first draws, he eventually forgot until he visited the lodge again in February, the statement said. When he finally scanned his ticket at a terminal, the message “See customer service” flashed on the screen. An employee’s analysis found Brown to be a “big lottery winner,” according to the statement.
Brown and his friends then checked the Megabucks website and learned it had found the winning numbers – 15, 33, 34, 40, 42 and 47 – for the Jan. 29 draw, the lottery said. The price? A whopping $8.9 million.
Brown, who elected to receive his prize as a 30-year annuity, will receive just over $200,000 a year after taxes, according to the lottery.
The Moose Lodge also received its own prize for selling the winning ticket — $89,000, according to the statement.
“The past two years have been a challenge for us,” said Moose Lodge manager Michael Scott. lottery. “The impact of receiving such a big chunk of change is huge. We will work with our members to find the best way to use the bonus money.
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