Stu MacDonald, a Bend resident, buys a Megabucks ticket weekly. He bought the winning ticket on Sept. 7.
“I am a very lucky guy,” MacDonald said in a statement. “I have survived cancer twice and here I am. This is amazing.”
According to the Oregon State Lottery, MacDonald’s wife usually tells him to “get the winning ticket” before he goes to buy it but she forgot to tell him that before he bought the winning one.
As with all lottery winners, MacDonald had the option of getting a one-time payment or receiving the money over time. He chose the lump-sum payment of $2.3 million.
After taxes, he took home $1.56 million.
The winning ticket was sold at Ashley’s Cafe in Bend.
“We are thrilled to learn that we sold a Megabucks jackpot,” Tezra Kong, director of operations for Ashley’s, said in a statement. “We are excited for the team who sold the ticket. A big congratulations to our guests on their windfall. Some of the seller’s bonus will go back to the team that strive to delight our guests every day here at Ashley’s in Wagner Mall.”
The cafe received a 1 percent bonus, or $46,000.
According to the Oregon State Lottery, players have won more than $38 billion in prizes since 1985. The organization distributes some of the money it receives to parks, education, and watershed improvement.
Missouri Couple Wins Second Big Lottery Prize
Don’t try telling Marilyn and Jimmie Lovelace that lightning doesn’t strike twice, not after the Missouri couple won a big Lottery prize for the second time—and narrowly missed out on a second multi-million dollar payout.
The Missouri Lottery says the Farmington couple matched four of five white-ball numbers drawn, plus the Powerball, in the Sept. 4 Powerball drawing. That earned them a $50,000 prize.
The same couple won a $3.7 million Lotto jackpot prize in 2007.
In the latest win, Jimmie Lovelace bought his ticket at a County Mart store in Farmington.
The winning numbers for the Sept. 4 drawing were 4, 8, 30, 52, 59, and the Powerball was 2. Lovelace missed out only on the number 8.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.