July 13, 2021 – Salem, Ore. – When Scott Newlon’s phone started flashing and celebrating while he was checking his ticket in the Oregon Lottery’s mobile app, he knew he had a winning Keno ticket. The question then was how much and how he was going to claim his prize.
“I saw that I won $22,933 with my Keno 8-spot!” Newlon said. “Then I figured out that the Oregon Lottery has a new appointment system and figured I would try it.”
Last month the Oregon Lottery released a new appointment system on its website, www.oregonlottery.org/prize-appointments/, where players can schedule a time to come and pickup their prize. This new system allows players to schedule their visit to one of their two payment centers. Players can schedule a time for either the Salem headquarters or the Wilsonville Payment Center to have a fast and easy way to claim their prizes.
“It worked really well,” Newlon said. “I see the long lines of people who haven’t scheduled an appointment, and I was in and out in 20 minutes. It was much easier and convenient.”
Newlon purchased his ticket while in the Roseburg area at the 1 A.M. Market. He said he normally gets a $5 ticket with five Keno draws. The Oregon City man also said he hadn’t decided what to do with his winnings, and was trying to decide whether to save it, pay off bills or go on a vacation.
“With everything that has gone on this past year, not sure what I’m going to do with the prize,” he said. “But this time my $5 ticket really paid off!” he said.
Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. 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. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.
Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 billion for economic development, public education, state parks, Outdoor School, veterans’ services and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org