An Oregon man won $8.9 million on a forgotten lottery ticket


Lottery players look for locations where winning tickets were sold.

Lottery players look for locations where winning tickets were sold.

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Wilbur Brown was on Christmas Eve at the Moose Lodge in Springfield, Oregon, when a friend bought a 鈥26 for $25鈥 Megabucks lottery ticket.

As Brown鈥檚 friend explained to him, the ticket allowed players to enter 26 consecutive drawings for just $25. Brown also decided to purchase a ticket, which gave him access to the drawings until February 19, 2022.

But after a few weeks, he forgot about the lottery ticket.

鈥淎fter the first few drawings, I would check my ticket,鈥 Brown told the Oregon Lottery. 鈥淭hen I just forgot about it and wasn鈥檛 checking.鈥

It wasn鈥檛 until February that Brown found himself once again at the Moose Lodge and when a clerk scanned his ticket, he received the message 鈥淏ig Lottery Winner.鈥

Brown and his friends went online to find out exactly what this meant and discovered that he had won an $8.9 million jackpot.

Brown鈥檚 lucky numbers were 15, 33, 34, 40, 42 and 47, according the Oregon Lottery.

The lucky player chose the 30-year annuity option for his winnings and you will receive a check for a little over $200,000 after taxes each year, until the prize is paid.

The odds of winning the jackpot for this game were just 1 in 6,135,756, according to the Oregon Lottery on its website.

The place where Brown bought his winning ticket also got lucky with his purchase. Thanks to Brown鈥檚 victory, Moose Lodge will receive a bonus of $89,000 dollars, 1% of the jackpot.

The win couldn鈥檛 have come at a better time: 鈥淭he last two years have been challenging for us,鈥 said Moose Lodge manager Michael Scott. 鈥淭he influence of receiving a large amount of change is huge! We will work with our members to figure out the best way to use the bonus money.鈥

鈥淎nother thing Wilbur鈥檚 win did was everyone at the Lodge is now buying the 鈥26 for $25鈥 Megabucks tickets,鈥 Scott said.

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