Retiree Wins “Win For Life” Oregon Lottery Game

A recently-retired Fairview man won the top prize of the Win for Life game and will take home $1,000 per week for life.

Robert East of Fairview will now receive $1,000 per week for life, thanks to his Oregon Lottery win. He matched all four numbers for the Monday, Feb. 11 drawing. He purchased the ticket at CJ’s Pub on Sandy Boulevard in Portland. East said he is a regular player of Lottery jackpot games and was very surprised when he realized he won.

“I was at home and Googled the results from my phone,” he said. “I looked at the ticket again, checked the date and double checked it. Then I immediately called my best friend.”

East said he stopped by the store and scanned the ticket to be sure, and confirmed it was the winning ticket.

“I recently retired so this is going to help me relax in retirement,” he said. “I have limited income so this will make me more comfortable.”

CJ’s Pub will receive a retailer sales bonus of $13,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Chris Taylor, owner of CJ’s Pub said that the bonus money would be going back into the business.

“We need some (heating and air conditioning) work and will get new chairs,” Taylor said. “It’s all going back into the business.”

Taylor said he has a number of regular customers who will love the fact he sold the winning ticket.

“I think my wife might have sold the ticket,” he said. “It’s just tremendous. It boosts you and makes you want to work harder and continue to grow our business.”

During the 2015-17 biennium, more than $109 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Multnomah County, where East lives and purchased the ticket. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

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.

Source: Oregon Lottery

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