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Klamath Falls man wins $100,000 Lottery prize during daily walk

A Klamath Falls man stopped for a drink during his daily walk and ended up winning $100,000 from an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it.

Posted: Mar 4, 2019 10:07 AM
Updated: Mar 4, 2019 2:32 PM

SALEM, Ore. — A Klamath Falls man netted $100,000 from an Oregon Lottery Scratch-it ticket after a chance stop at the store for a drink during his daily walk.

“I walk every day at Moore Park and I stopped on the way to get a Lottery ticket,” said William Blackwell Jr., the Lottery winner. “When I stopped at the gas station, I thought I should get some tickets. I got two of the Cash Attack tickets, if I hadn’t gotten that second ticket, I wouldn’t have won.”

Blackwell told the Oregon Lottery that he has won smaller amounts a few times from playing Scratch-its at the same store on Oregon Avenue, but he has never won anything this large.

“I just put maroon carpet in my home,” he said. “The winnings are going toward me rolling out the red carpet!”

Blackwell also said that he would his mom buy a better car with the money.

“This still hasn’t sunk in that I won,” he said. “All I know is I am spreading the wealth. I am going to help my mom and give the clerk who sold me the tickets a tip.”

According to the Oregon Lottery, the 2015-17 biennium, more than $15 million in Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Klamath County during the 2015-17 biennium.

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