Oregon store that sold $1.3 billion Powerball ticket revealed by lottery officials

A Plaid Pantry on Columbia Boulevard in Northeast Portland sold the winning $1.3 billion Powerball ticket, Oregon Lottery officials confirmed Monday.

The winning sale entitles the Cully neighborhood convenience store to a bonus of $100,000. A store manager, who identified herself as Rhonda Miranda, said she could not comment on the sale.

The name of the person who purchased the ticket has not been released, but lottery officials said the person came forward Monday. The person’s name will be made public after a verification process, officials said.

“This is an unprecedented jackpot for the Oregon Lottery,” Lottery Director Mike Wells said in a news release Monday. “We are taking every precaution to verify the winner before awarding the prize money, which will take time.”

The winner will take home a jackpot of $1.326 billion. Before the drawing, it was estimated at $1.3 billion, but it was ticket sales that drove it up.

The jackpot has a cash value of $621 million if the winner chooses to receive a lump sum rather than an annuity paid over 30 years. Prize is subject to federal and Oregon state taxes.

The $1.326 billion prize ranks as the fourth largest Powerball jackpot and eighth largest in U.S. lottery history. As prizes increase, drawings attract more ticket sales and jackpots then become more difficult to win. If you bought a $2 ticket for the weekend’s drawing, your odds of winning were 1 in 292.2 million.

Until the latest drawing, no one had won the Powerball top prize since New Year’s Day, representing 41 consecutive drawings without a jackpot winner, matching a streak established twice previously in 2022 and 2021.

Plaid Pantry has 104 stores in Oregon, one of which sold a $3.3 million Megabucks jackpot last summer.

For more than 24 hours, the provenance of the winning ticket remained a mystery to the public. Oregon Lottery officials said only Sunday that the business was in the 97218 ZIP code, where 13 businesses selling Powerball tickets are located.

On Monday, many of these business owners and their customers were full of excitement and hoping that one of their customers would be the lucky winner. The identity of this person is – for now – a new mystery.

— Beth Slovic is an assistant editor on the public safety and breaking news team. Contact her at 503-221-8551 or Journalists Mims Copeland, Gosia Wozniacka and Austin De Dios contributed reporting.

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