A Salem couple became the Oregon Lottery's 257th Megabucks millionaires Saturday after the pair purchased a $6.8 million winning ticket at a South Salem gas station.
Angela and Brian Feiring, both longtime Salem residents, won the Megabucks Jackpot after all six of the numbers on their quick-pick ticket matched the numbers drawn Saturday.
"We always do quick pick and the numbers we got had our daughter's birthday in them, so we thought they might be lucky," Angela said.
The Feirings opted for the lump sum cash payment and took home about $2.2 million after taxes, according to lottery officials.
The couple purchased their winning ticket at a Shell gas station on Commercial Street SE. The gas station will received a 1 percent selling bonus of $68,000.
After he learned about the bonus, owner Sanjay Prasad said he hadn't thought about what he was going to do with the money.
"I was planning renovations to the store," Prasad said. "We really need a new roof, so the money came in at the right time!"
Oregon Lottery officials reminded players to always sign the back of their lottery tickets, and in the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult a financial planner to develop a plan for their winnings.
Since it began selling tickets in April 1985, the Oregon Lottery has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, watershed development, public education and state parks, officials said.
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