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Inexperienced lottery player's confusion leads to $150,000 prize

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Ben Hooper
An Oregon couple said their lack of experience playing the lottery paid off when some confusion at check-out led them to a $150,000 jackpot. Photo courtesy of the Oregon Lottery
An Oregon couple said their lack of experience playing the lottery paid off when some confusion at check-out led them to a $150,000 jackpot. Photo courtesy of the Oregon Lottery

April 22 (UPI) -- A novice lottery player in Oregon who ended up confused while trying to buy a Powerball ticket had his inexperience pay off when he won $150,000.

Michael Faught of Lebanon told Oregon Lottery officials he and his wife were on a roadtrip when they decided to buy some Powerball tickets, which they rarely do, at the Food for Less store in Medford.

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Faught said he ended up making a purchase he didn't intend when he didn't understand the clerk's questions.

"The customer service clerk wanted to know if I wanted to purchase the $3 per line ticket," Faught said. "I had no clue what she was talking about as we rarely purchase lottery tickets, so I just said yes. That decision ended up tripling our win from $50,000 to $150,000!"

Faught later discovered he had purchased the Power Play multiplier option -- $3 per line instead of $2 -- which tripled his prize thanks to the multiplier of three being drawn in the March 23 drawing.

He ended up winning $150,000.

"My wife and I were excited, elated, giddy and soooo happy!" Faught said. "We feel so blessed that we were able to pay off some major bills as a result of the win."

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