Laid-Off Worker Wins $1 Million Lottery Jackpot

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (January 14, 2013)—Riley Gunn of Wolf Creek, Ore., who was laid off and going back to school, had a feeling he should buy a lottery ticket and he’s glad he did.

The Oregon Lottery says Gunn won $1 million in the Jan. 4 Mega Millions drawing, and is now buying a house.

The family picked up the prize, which came to $670,000 after taxes, last week in Salem.

Gunn told lottery officials he was thrilled when he initially learned he had won $250,000, but then realized he had chosen the Megaplier option, which multiplied his prize by four, for a total of $1 million before taxes.

Gunn bought the $8 Quick Pick Mega Millions ticket at the Lil' Pantry Market & Deli in Merlin, which is about 5 miles north of Grants Pass.


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