KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A Chiloquin man won $100,000 from a Scratch-it ticket after a small deviation from his usual routine, according to the Oregon Lottery.
“I will usually buy a $20 game because they have the biggest prizes,” said Ken Ronningen.
Ronningen stopped into the Albertson's in Klamath Falls intending to get a $20 ticket, but they were all out.
“Since there weren’t any $20 tickets, I decided I’d get two $10 tickets,” said Ronningen. That decision, as it turns out, would pay off in a big way.
Ronningen bought two $10 Golden Key Scratch-its and quickly found out that he’d won the game’s $100,000 top prize.
“I scratched the ticket and then scanned it to see if I’d won," Ronningen told the Oregon Lottery, "I showed it to my wife, Ramona, and she thought I’d won $1,000. I said, ‘look closer’ and she said, ‘You won $100,000?!’”
After the Ronningen's went to Salem to collect their prize, they planned to head out to the coast for some fishing to celebrate.
The Salem and Wilsonville Lottery offices remain closed to the public due to COVID-19. Prizes up to $50,000 can be claimed by mail, but winners of larger prizes have to make an appointment, as Ronningen did, to visit the Salem office.
"The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game," the agency said. "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."