Klamath Falls couple wins $250K from Scratch-it tickets

A grocery trip turned into a big win for one lucky couple in the Klamath Falls area, according to Oregon Lottery.

Posted: Mar 4, 2020 10:12 AM
Updated: Mar 4, 2020 10:22 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A simple grocery trip turned into a $250,000 cash windfall for a couple from Klamath Falls, according to the Oregon Lottery.

Ruth Wallace sent her fiance Scott O'Neil to the store for groceries, but the outcome was not at all what she expected.

Wallace told the Oregon Lottery that she purchases a few cheap Scratch-it tickets every once in a while. But when O'Neil came home that day, he picked up a few $20 tickets.


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“We usually buy the $5, $2 or $1 tickets,” Wallace said. “I was shocked he got some $20 tickets. I thought that was extravagant.”

When the couple scratched the tickets, each ticket that Wallace scratched turned out to be a winner. O'Neil had the opposite luck — every one he scratched was a dud.

“Then I scratched my last ticket and thought it was a $250 winner. That made me pretty excited,” O'Neil said. “Then Ruth looked at it and realized it was actually $250,000!”


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O'Neil purchased the $20 Cash Spectacular Scratch-it at the Madison Market on 6th Street in Klamath Falls.

After taxes the couple took home $170,000. They say that they are moving into a new home soon, so the winnings will go toward new furniture and moving expenses. They also said that they may purchase new cars.

The Oregon Lottery said that in 2019 more than $8.9 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education, Outdoor School, Veterans services and watershed enhancement in Klamath County, where Scott O’Neil lives. Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

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