Ashland woman claims $12.1 million Megabucks prize

Cathy Silver of Ashland, claimed her $12.1 million Megabucks jackpot prize over a month after learning she had the winning ticket.

Silver won her jackpot prize by matching all six numbers in the Oct. 18 Megabucks drawing. Accompanied by her family, Silver claimed her prize at the Lottery office in Salem, Dec. 5. The winning numbers were 3-9-16-25-32-34.

Silver said she doesn’t play Megabucks on a regular basis, but when she does, she checks her numbers after each drawing. Waking at 5 a.m. the Sunday following the drawing, Silver sat down with the Sunday newspaper and a cup of coffee. Checking the numbers, she saw she had matched the first three numbers on one of the 10 sets of numbers on her $10, quick pick Megabucks ticket that also included the Kicker option.

“I thought, ‘Yippee! I won a free ticket!,’ said Silver. “Then I saw I had matched all six numbers! I had to wake my husband, Bud, so he could check the numbers, too! I called my son and he asked if I’d signed the back of the ticket. I said, ‘No,’ and he told me to sign it right away. Which I did!”

Among the next people Silver contacted was her CPA, who came to the house to join the growing number of family members that Sunday morning. The delay in claiming her prize was due to making sure she had a financial plan in place before coming to Salem.

While sitting at the Lottery office filling out the necessary paperwork, one of Silver’s children said, “Mom! You’re a millionaire!” Pondering the statement for a moment, Silver said, “I guess I am!” With her win, Silver becomes the Oregon Lottery’s 244th Megabucks millionaire.

Silver bought her winning ticket at Albertsons in Ashland.

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 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 over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements.