Air Force vet wins $6.five million after nearly throwing away winning lottery ticket
Air Force veteran William Bowker, 94, virtually let a fortune slip proper out of his fingers.
Bowker incessantly performs the lottery. But when his granddaughter checked his newest lottery ticket for him, she mistakenly concept it was once a Mega Millions ticket as a substitute of an Oregon Megabucks ticket.
Luckily, Bowker double-checked — and it paid off.
“She thought it was a Mega Million ticket, and started circling matching numbers on the ticket,” Bowker stated. “But they were for the wrong game. I had an Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket. She got done, and later, I thought I should double-check it before throwing it away. I am glad I did. I immediately thought — BOOM! I won!”
Turns out one line of numbers at the ticket, with no unmarried quantity rotated, integrated the winning numbers. His winning numbers had been 14-32-41-43-44-47.
“You can still see where she circled the wrong numbers!” he stated.
The very first thing the 94 -year-old Bowker did was once name a circle of relatives assembly to talk about the prize and tips on how to use it. In truth, his daughter is a tax legal professional, and Bowker plans to percentage his prize amongst his members of the family. He opted to take the majority sum cost of $three.25 million. After taxes he took house $2.2 million.
“I have what I need, and I’m 94,” he stated. “This is a wonderful way to help my family.”
Bowker bought the ticket on the Jackson’s Food Store on SE 82nd Ave. in Happy Valley and used fast pick out numbers. His $five ticket had 10 numbers and, along with the $6.five million jackpot, he additionally gained a unfastened Megabucks ticket. Jackson’s officers stated they had been very fascinated about promoting the winning ticket and that it is the biggest ticket they have got bought in Oregon to this point. The corporate will obtain a 1-percent promoting bonus totaling $65,000 for promoting the winning ticket.
“Jacksons is thrilled for our customer to have won the lottery, and we are happy to be the retailer to sell the winning Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket,” stated Katrina Lemmon, promoting and promotions supervisor for Jacksons Food Stores. “We are especially happy to find out the winner is a retired Air Force Pilot.”
During the 2015-17 biennium, greater than $55 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds had been directed to financial building, parks, training and watershed enhancement in Clackamas County, the place Bowker lives and bought the ticket. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery gamers have gained greater than $38 billion in prizes.
The Oregon Lottery reminds gamers to at all times signal the again in their Lottery tickets, without reference to the sport. In the development of winning a jackpot, they will have to seek advice from a depended on monetary planner or equivalent skilled to increase a plan for his or her winnings. Prize winners of greater than $50,000 are instructed to touch the Lottery administrative center and time table an appointment to say their prize.