SALEM, Oregon - Two impulse purchases at Portland-area Plaid Pantry stores has led to two $1 million prizes this year for two Plaid Pantry customers.
This week, Jason Golding of Portland proved that you don't have to hit the $302 million Powerball jackpot to win life-changing prizes. Golding's story of Plaid Pantry good fortune was similar to Richard Leber's from March. Both men stopped at a Plaid Pantry for something cold to drink, and ended up with a $1 million lottery prize.
This is the second $1 million ticket Plaid Pantry stores have sold this year. Golding's winning Powerball ticket was sold at the Plaid Pantry 108 on Gibbs Street in Portland. In March, Leber won the $1 million top prize for the St. Patrick's Day Raffle after buying a ticket at the Plaid Pantry off Highway 212 near Clackamas.
Golding, of Portland, said he had visited Plaid Pantry many times, but this time when he bought his $10 Powerball for five Quick Pick drawings, little did he know that he would be holding a winning $1 million ticket. Golding matched five numbers but missed the Powerball number, to win $1 million.
"Plaid Pantry is a locally owned and operated company with 110 stores and we are very pleased to have a second store sell a million dollar winning ticket this year!" said Jonathan Polonsky, President and COO of 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."
The overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are one in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are one in 292,201,338. The next drawing is today at 7:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and the jackpot is estimated to be $302 million. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days. 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 $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org