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Sweet Home man hits the jackpot

He has watched customers win thousands of times. This time, it was his turn.

Posted: Aug 14, 2020 8:11 AM
Updated: Aug 14, 2020 10:41 AM

SALEM, Ore. – Thousands of times James Ashcraft of Sweet Home has watched at his bar Chewy’s Pub as people from around the state have hit Keno 8-spot jackpots.

This time, he’s the one who hit a jackpot of just over $92,000.

Ashcraft has owned the bar for 18 years. He said that now and then he will play Lottery games with customers or play when the jackpots get large.

“I figure if I spend $60 for the chance to win $60,000, that’s a good bet,” Ashcraft said. “This time it really paid off!”

Ashcraft said that Sunday, he watched as the rolling Keno 8-spot bonus grew to more than $60,000 and decided to take a chance. He purchased $60 worth of tickets over the course of the day, and when he came in for his shift Monday, he realized he had won.

“I felt like I had the gold ticket — and I really did!” he said.

Ashcraft had won not only the $25,000 Special Keno prize but also the rolling 8-spot jackpot of $67,266 for a total of $92,325. Keno 8-spot has a rolling jackpot that grows with each game until it is hit.

Ashcraft claimed his prize after making an appointment with the Oregon Lottery.

Since 1985, Oregon Lottery players have won more than $38 billion in prizes.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $12 billion for economic development, public education, Outdoor School, state parks, Veterans services, and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery, visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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