Oregon veteran shocked to discover he won $1 million from a lottery ticket

James Robbins of Tualatin bought a $2 Mega Millions ticket and won a whole lot more.

Posted: Mar 9, 2020 2:49 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2020 11:41 AM

SALEM, Ore. — An Air Force veteran from the city of Tualatin got the "shock of his life" when he realized that he'd won $1 million from a single Mega Millions ticket, according to the Oregon Lottery.

James Robbins went to his local Fred Meyer and bought a $2 Mega Millions ticket for the February 21 drawing. He returned a few days later and went up to the customer service desk, but was pleasantly surprised to learn that he'd have to go to the Oregon Lottery payment center because he'd won more than $600.

On Friday, Robbins went to the Wilsonville payment center, where he was told that he'd matched five numbers — only missing the Mega Ball — translating to a $1 million win.

“I was so shocked . . . I started shaking and the staff asked me if I wanted some water,” Robbins said. “They also had me sign the back of the ticket and told me that I had to go to Salem to get the prize. I kept saying ‘Are you serious?’”

Robbins asked a friend to drive him to the Oregon Lottery headquarters this week, where he claimed his prize. The Wilsonville center can only pay out prizes up to $50,000.

“I plan on helping my daughter out with the prize, otherwise I am going to be saving it,” he said.

The Oregon Lottery said that this is the second large prize Fred Meyer has been responsible for this year, and officials said they think 2020 is off to a great start.

“Fred Meyer is proud to offer Oregon Lottery at our stores. We are excited to have sold a $1 million winning Mega Millions ticket at our Tualatin store,” said Jeffery Temple, Director of Corporate Affairs. “This is the second large prize we have sold this year. So far, 2020 is a good year to purchase Lottery tickets at Fred Meyer!”

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