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Oregon Man Finds Year-Old Lottery Ticket and Wins $1 Million 8 Days Before It Expired

A recent snowstorm motivated him to clean his office, where he found the ticket.

Man Finds Winning Lotto Ticket While Cleaning His Office

— — An Oregon man recently discovered a year-old winning lotto ticket in his home office that he was cleaning, according to the Oregon Lottery.

Amazingly, the lucky man — Joemel Panisa — found the ticket just eight days before it expired, the Oregon Lottery said in a news release on Wednesday. The ticket was worth $1 million.

Panisa was able to claim the ticket just in the nick of time, and he is officially now the fourth Mega Millions $1 million winner since the game was offered in Oregon in 2010, the Oregon State Lottery said.

Panisa purchased the winning ticket last year on Jan. 15, 2016, at a mini market along a highway in the city of Newport, Oregon, the state’s lottery agency said.

Panisa then placed the ticket in an envelope and put it in his home office, where it was left forgotten for a whole year, the Oregon Lottery added.

But “thanks to the snow and ice storm” that recently hit the state, Panisa was motivated to clean the office and stumbled upon the ticket again this past Monday, Jan. 9, the Oregon Lottery said. Panisa claimed it the same day, just before the ticket was set to expire on Jan. 17, 2017.

The mini market that sold the winning ticket will receive a 1 percent bonus, or $10,000, the Oregon State Lottery said.

A recent snow storm motivated him to clean his office, where he found the ticket.

Oregon man wins $6.3 million from free lottery ticket

March 31 (UPI) — An Oregon man’s $6.3 million lottery jackpot was made all the more lucky by the fact that his ticket was free — and he almost left it at the store.

Robert McCauley of Mount Vernon told Oregon Lottery officials he took his Megabucks ticket to the Blue Mountain Mini Mart, where manager Jolene Moulton told him he had won a free ticket.

“I checked Bob’s ticket and actually gave him the voucher slip that came with his free ticket,” Moulton said. “As he was walking away, I saw the free play ticket sitting on the counter and realized Bob had the wrong ticket. I called him back to the window gave him the free ticket.”

Moulton said she had only sold three tickets for the March 23 Megabucks drawing, so when she found out she had sold the $6.3 million winner, she sent a mutual friend to McCauley’s house to tell him to check his ticket.

McCauley said his daughter, Pam, checked the numbers online and confirmed he had the big winner.

“Pam was screaming and jumping up and down,” McCauley said. “I was cool as a cucumber.”

McCauley said his plans for his winnings include buying a new refrigerator for his wife and buying a new truck for himself.

An Oregon man’s $6.3 million lottery jackpot was made all the more lucky by the fact that his ticket was free — and he almost left it at the store. ]]>