Two-Time Cancer Survivor Wins $4.6 Million Jackpot
A man who managed to beat cancer not once but TWICE had his lucky streak continue after he bagged himself a $4.6 million jackpot.
Stu MacDonald, of Bend in Oregon, bought the winning Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket on 7 September.
A news release from the Oregon Lottery confirmed he won the jackpot on a 'quick pick ticket he purchased at Ashley's Café on Northeast 3rd Street in Bend'.
The release said: "MacDonald opted to take the bulk sum payment of $2.3 million, and after taxes took home $1.56 million.
Stu regularly buys lottery tickets, and is usually told by his wife Claudia before he leaves: "Get the winning ticket!"
On this particular day they didn't go through their usual ritual, but thankfully, it seemed to work in their favour, and Stu won anyway - much to the couple's surprise.
Stu said: "I am a very lucky guy.
"I have survived cancer twice and here I am. This is amazing."
Stu purchased the lucky ticket at Ashely's Café in Bend's Wagner Mall.
Tezra Kong, Director of Operations for Ashley's, said: "We are thrilled to learn that we sold a Megabucks jackpot.
"We are excited for the team who sold the ticket. A big congratulations to our guests on their windfall. Some of the seller's bonus will go back to the team that strive to delight our guests every day here at Ashley's in Wagner Mall."
In fact, it's no surprise that the folk at Ashely's are so chuffed for Stu; according to KTVZ, Ashley's Café will also receive a one percent selling bonus of $46,000 - which ain't half bad for a day's work, is it?
Over in the UK, others have been winning big on the National Lottery's latest game, Set For Life.
At the beginning of last month, the first public winner was named as 24-year-old Dean Weymes, who will now receive £10,000 every month for the next 30 years - which means he will have received a whopping £3.6m by the time he turns 54.
Dean, from Peterborough, scooped the top prize after he matched five main numbers and one Life Ball while playing the new National Lottery game for the first time.
He said: "I am now worry free for the rest of my life.
"Everything still seems quite unreal - the news really is still sinking in."
Later in August, Vicky Mitchell also bagged herself the same prize after paying just £1.50 for her lucky dip.
Vicky, an administrative assistant, from Halifax in West Yorkshire, said: "In a million years you never think you'll win big, but this is life changing.
"Getting my own car so I don't have to share one or get the bus and moving to a bigger house with a nice garden are on the cards."
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