MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford woman won $50,000 from a Scratch-it ticket after the "boredom of being cooped up" at home led her to snag one on a whim, according to the Oregon Lottery.
Maria Salas went to visit her local Minute Mart and picked up a $5 Lucky Lemons Scratch-it, which she quickly discovered was worth 50 grand.
“We normally play Video Lottery, and when we went to the market we saw the Scratch-its and decided to play,” Salas said. “The first ticket we played was the winner. I was in shock – I am still in shock.”
The Oregon Lottery said that instead of bringing home some snacks, Salas returned with the down payment for some property.
“I haven’t been able to sleep, I’m so excited,” she said. “I have a down payment now, it’s great.”
The Oregon Lottery has temporarily closed down its Salem and Wilsonville offices due to COVID-19, but winners are still able to fill out a claim form online and then mail in the signed ticket.
Players who win $50,000 or more have to make an appointment to visit the Oregon Lottery office in Salem.
"The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game," officials 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. Prize winners of more than $50,000 are advised to contact the Lottery office and schedule an appointment to claim their prize."