Mar. 21, 2022 – Salem, Ore. – A first-time Raffle player won $1 million after learning about the game from her boyfriend.
Janelle Visaya of Corvallis claimed her $1 million prize Thursday after using the Oregon Lottery app to check her tickets on the day of the Raffle drawing.
“My boyfriend told me about the Raffle, and so I bought a ticket a week; I think I had seven tickets. I didn’t mention I was buying them though,” she said. “On the day of the drawing, I was scanning them, and one said I won, so I set it aside and kept scanning. When I went back to see what I had won I was like, ‘oh… oh I won!’”
Visaya said when she let her boyfriend know, he was also very happy, surprised and glad he had pointed out the game to her.
“We are going to use the prize to put a down payment on a house and pay off some bills,” she said. “We are investing it in our future.”
Visaya bought the winning ticket, number 089715, at the Corvallis Fred Meyer in early February. The company will receive a 1-percent winner bonus of $10,000 for selling the top winning ticket. A Fred Meyer spokesperson said they congratulate Visaya on her big win.
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