First Time Player Wins For Life

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A Grants Pass woman decided to play Oregon’s Win for Life draw game for the first time - only to end up a jackpot winner. Ruth Salvatore, 73, purchased five tickets for the June 4 drawing and learned of her $52,000 annual prize when she scanned the last ticket on the Oregon Lottery app. 

At first, Salvatore saw she had won $2 on a ticket and was thrilled she won something. When her last ticket scanned as the jackpot winner, she ran into the living room to share the news with her sister and husband Ed. 

“Look at that,” she said. “Look at that,” pointing with excitement to her phone.

Salvatore and her husband are planning to use the money to remodel their home and take a trip to Cancun. Coincidentally, the couple will be celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversary this month – making “52” a special number for them. 

The winning ticket was purchased at the Grants Pass Fred Meyer store. 

The Oregon Lottery recommends that you sign the back of your ticket to ensure you can claim any prize. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Players have a year to claim their prize. 

Source: Oregon Lottery

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