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Oregon veteran, 94, almost threw away $6.5 million winning lottery ticket

By BLAKE ALSUP | New York Daily News | Published: August 3, 2019

(Tribune News Service) — A 94-year-old Air Force veteran from Oregon almost threw away his chance to be a millionaire.

William Bowker plays the lottery often, but when his granddaughter checked his latest lottery ticket, she thought it was for the Mega Millions jackpot instead of Megabucks.

He decided to double check the ticket, and it paid off — literally.

“She got done, and later, I thought I should double-check it before throwing it away,” Bowker said in a news release from the Oregon Lottery. “I am glad I did. I immediately thought — BOOM! I won!”

His winning numbers were 14-32-41-43-44-47.

The first thing Bowker did was call a family meeting to discuss the prize and how to use it. He opted to take the $3.25 million lump sum payment and will keep $2.2 million after taxes. He plans to share the money among family members.

“I have what I need, and I’m 94,” Bowker said. “This is a wonderful way to help my family.”

Jackson’s Food Store in Happy Valley, Ore., will receive $65,000 for selling him the winning ticket. The Jackson’s Food Stores company said it’s the largest ticket they’ve sold in Oregon so far.

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