Half Of $8 Million Megabucks Prize Claimed

A Portland man won $4.5 million Monday after claiming half of a $9 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot.

The last time two tickets shared the Megabucks jackpot was April 2009. Tarver Hannant, of Portland, claimed his part of the jackpot Monday, taking the one-time cash payment option, netting him approximately $1.5 million after taxes. This is the 13th time since 1985 that there have been multiple jackpot winners for a single Megabucks drawing. In August 1988, three winning Megabucks jackpot tickets divided a $5 million jackpot. All other shared prizes had just two winning tickets.

As of Tuesday, there is still another winning ticket for the Oct. 25 drawing unclaimed. The winning numbers are 12-21-30-42-44-47. Players have one year from the date of the draw to claim the prize.

Hannant purchased his ticket at the Plaid Pantry on Going Street in North Portland. This is the third time a Plaid Pantry store in the Portland Metro area has sold an Oregon Lottery ticket worth $1 million or more this year. In March, a Plaid Pantry store in Clackamas sold the winning $1 million Raffle ticket. In May, the store near Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital sold a $1 million Powerball ticket.

"Plaid Pantry is a locally owned and operated company with 109 stores and we are very pleased to have a third store sell a jackpot ticket this year!" said Jonathan Polonsky, president and chief operating officer with Plaid Pantry. "The Oregon Lottery does great things for the state and local economies and Plaid Pantry is very proud of our long-term partnership with them."

Proceeds from Oregon Lottery sales help fund public education, parks, economic development and watershed projects.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org

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