Man comes forward to claim $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot in Oregon

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Portland, Ore. (AP) – A person who has a ticket matching all six Powerball numbers Saturday $1.3 billion jackpot Oregon officials said they came forward Monday to claim the prize.

The Oregon Lottery said in a statement that the lottery ticket was purchased at a plaid pantry convenience store in the northeastern part of the city.

The Oregon Lottery is working with the individual on a process that includes safeguards and investigations that will take time before the winner is announced.

“This is an unprecedented jackpot win for the Oregon Lottery,” Oregon Lottery Director Mike Wells said in the statement. “We are taking every precaution to verify the winner before awarding the prize money.”

The cash value of the jackpot is $621 million if the winner chooses to take the lump sum an annuity Payable over 30 years, 29 annual installments after down payment. The prize is subject to federal taxes and state taxes in Oregon.

According to the Oregon Lottery, the prize was the fourth-largest Powerball jackpot in history and the eighth-largest in American jackpot games.

Won the biggest US lottery jackpot California had $2.04 billion in 2022.

“Plaid Pantry is thrilled to learn that one of our 104 Oregon stores sold a $1.3 billion Powerball ticket,” plaid Pantry President and CEO Jonathan Polonsky said in the statement.

Outside the store Monday evening, Mimi Musser of Beaverton said she buys lottery tickets almost daily and likes to stop at a store that sells winning lottery tickets.

“I’m so happy that Oregon finally hit the big jackpot because it always does on the East Coast,” Musser said. “Now that Oregon has won it… there are more expectations for Oregon. “Maybe we’ll win it again.”

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