Shopping For Dinner Wins $10 Million Megabucks Game

The question of what to have for dinner Monday night, turned into a much larger question Tuesday morning when a Portland man checked his Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket.

Grant Brightman of Portland stopped at his local Albertson’s store to get dinner and on impulse, purchased a $4 Oregon’s Game Megabuck ticket that turned out to be worth $10.4 million.

“I normally don’t play,” Brightman said. “I had $4 in cash, and I normally don’t carry much cash. I saw the Lottery machine and the jackpot and figured why not?”

The next morning, while enjoying his coffee, he checked his numbers and had a big surprise.

“When he called for me his voice wasn’t normal,” his wife Macie said. “I knew something was up. I didn’t know it was beyond awesome!”

Grant said he kept wondering if he was “hallucinating” after he checked the ticket using the Oregon Lottery website. In fact, the couple checked the ticket several times before driving to Salem to claim the prize. They took the one-time payment and after taxes took home $3.536 million.

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 Brightman 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.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned nearly $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks, Veterans services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit

Source: Oregon Lottery

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