Best. Dad. Ever.

October 11, 2020

Oct. 9, 2020 – Salem, Ore. – A father-daughter visit was “brilliant” after the spur-of-the-moment gift of an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it.

Earlier this week, Greg Peters decided he’d venture down from his home Seattle to visit his daughter, Makayla Peters in Hermiston. And this is one visit both dad and daughter will long remember!

Peters has played Oregon Lottery Scratch-its since she was 18. Being the good dad he is, Greg bought his daughter a $5 Brilliant Sapphire Scratch-it when they stopped at the Eastside Market in Hermiston.

“Dad said, ‘Here. I bought you this ticket.’” Peters said. “The instructions on the ticket said that if you find the gem, you win that prize. So, I started scratching it and found a gem. Then I started seeing all these zeros. I handed the ticket to Dad and said, ‘We won $50,000!’”

Since July 1, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $2.2 million in Scratch-it prizes of more than $600. Peters became one of more than 140 people who have won jackpots playing Scratch-its in the past three months.

Peters said she had read her horoscope a few days before getting the Scratch-it, and it said there would be lucky days ahead.

Father and daughter will be sharing the prize, but Peters pointed out that her dad’s portion is smaller because that’s how “brilliant” dads are!

For now, prizes up to $50,000 should be claimed by mail. Players with prizes greater than $50,000 need to make an appointment to come to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem, just as Peters did. Call 503-540-1000 for assistance.

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.

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

Contact: Chuck Baumann, Oregon Lottery, 503-540-1015,