Oregon Lottery player hits $19.7 million jackpot
The state of Oregon has celebrated a new millionaire thanks to the Oregon Lottery. Cedar Hills-based Ed Clark scooped a $19.7 million
lottery jackpot. It is the 7th biggest cash prize ever paid out in the history of the Oregon Lottery.
At first, Clark didn't know that he had won the life-changing jackpot. It took more than seven days before he realized he held the fortunate ticket. He verified his lottery tickets after the draw on January 30th.
Lump-sum payout of $9.85 million
The numbers on his golden ticket first rewarded him $693 after matching 5 numbers. He won the $19.7 million jackpot
, when all numbers matched up 4 draws afterward. The Cedar Hills resident opted for a lump-sum payout, resulting in 50% of the advertised cash prize. Clark received $9.85 million exclusive of all taxes.
$7 billion to state programs
The Oregon Lottery made its debut in 1985. Since then, the lottery organization has donated more than $7 billion to state programs. Lottery fans can choose from Powerball, Mega Millions, Oregon's Game, Megabucks, Raffle, Keno
, Trio, Lucky Lines, Win for Life, Pick 4, Video Lottery and Scratch-its.