GRESHAM, OR — A Portland man with a long history of playing pranks on his wife recently won the Oregon Lottery’s Win for Life game; so when he told her the good news, she initially didn’t believe him.
According to Oregon Lottery spokesman Chuck Baumann, Cyril Osborne hardly believed it himself when he saw his $2 ticket was going to bring him $52,000 per year for the rest of his life. But convincing his wife of 47 years was apparently a little tougher.
"I didn’t tell her when I first got home. I just smiled a lot," Cyril told Baumann. "She knew something was up. When I told her, she thought I was playing around. I had to get my iPad out and show her the numbers on the website before she would believe me."
Cyril said he bought the ticket while grocery shopping at the Safeway on Highland Drive in Gresham.
"I do the grocery shopping and I pick up a ticket every so often," he said. "I bought the Win for Life because it has more numbers than other tickets. When I went back to the store, I realized I won the top prize!"
While Cyril had the option of taking $1,000 per week, he opted for the annual payment instead, Baumann said, adding that Cyril told him it would go toward his retirement.
"That $2 ticket is paying out rather handsomely!" Cyril said.
A reported $22 million from the Oregon Lottery has gone to economic projects in Multnomah County since 2015, Baumann wrote in a statement. Along with economic development, lottery proceeds also help fund public education, parks, and watershed projects across the state, he said.
Since it began in 1985, the Oregon Lottery has brought the state $11 billion.
For more information, visit www.oregonlottery.org.
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