Jacksonville man takes home double what he expected from Mega Millions win

Martin Oliverson thought he had to make a tough choice, but was pleasantly surprised to discover otherwise.

Posted: Aug 9, 2019 9:36 AM
Updated: Aug 9, 2019 2:23 PM

SALEM, Ore. — A Jacksonville man just became the fifth multi-million dollar Oregon Lottery winner from the town of less than 3,000 people — and to top it off, he took home much more money than he expected.

Martin Oliverson went to claim his $3 million Mega Millions prize thinking that he would have to make a tough choice.

“I thought we had the choice of taking the annuity or the lump sum payment,” Oliverson said. “I was going to take the lump sum, and figured they would take half of the prize, then take taxes out. My wife had to sit down when we learned that since this isn’t the top prize, we get the entire $3 million. We won double what we thought!”

Because the prize he won wasn't the full jackpot, he was able to take home the full prize minus taxes.

“We are very blessed,” Oliverson told the Oregon Lottery.

Oliverson purchased the ticket from the Jacksonville Chevron station on North 5th Street. The store will receive a one percent selling bonus for selling the winning ticket — $30,000. Casey Hayes, the general manager, said it was great to see Lottery winners in Southern Oregon.

“This is exciting for us both locally and it’s a great deal for us,” Hayes said.

Since 2001, there have been five jackpot winners from Jacksonville. Lottery officials have taken to referring to the city as “Jackpot-ville.” It is also the location of the largest jackpot winner in Oregon history — a $340 million Powerball prize that was claimed by the Chaney and West families in October 2005.

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