Two-Time Cancer Survivor Wins $4.6M Megabucks Jackpot

Oregon Megabucks Jackpot WinnerAnother lottery winner proves that luck runs in the state of Oregon. On September 13, the Oregon Lottery announced the most recent winner. Stu MacDonald, a two-time cancer survivor, struck luck for the third time when he won the Megabucks $4.6 million lottery.

News Highlights

  • A two-time cancer survivor beat the odds by hitting the Oregon Megabucks $4.6 million jackpot.
  • Oregon residents have had a good stroke of luck so far in 2019.
  • Lottery odds are largely unrealistic – hitting a win is pure and significant luck.

“Honey, I Got the Winning Ticket!”

Stu MacDonald purchased his winning lottery ticket as he always did before every draw. This ritual has always been preceded by his wife, telling him to get the winning ticket. On September 7 she didn’t say anything, but McDonald still went out and got the winning ticket. He picked the following quick-pick numbers: 12-13-16-35-36-54.

After taxes, MacDonald and his wife are taking the lump sum of $1.56 million, still a big enough sum to match his statement for the Oregon Lottery press release.


I am a very lucky guy. I have survived cancer twice, and here I am. This is amazing.

Stu MacDonald

Lucky Oregon Winners

Tezra Kong, the director of operations at Ashey’s Café, also voiced their “thrill” regarding the event. The win resulted in a 1% selling bonus awarded to the local – $46,000. This jackpot is only one of the many wins that have landed among Oregon residents this year.

Scratch Off Champs

Most of these are Oregon Lottery prizes, with the most recent bringing $100,000 to Nicole Zurfluh from a Dragon Riches Scratch-it. Another Scratch-It winner on the Ultimate Winnings game got their world turned upside down in mid-July. Michael Baker won $75,000 at a Jimmyz Independence Gas & Mini Mart.

Lottery Champs

Mega Millions winners are also among the good people of Oregon. On August 9, Martin Oliverson from Jacksonville won a $3M Mega Millions prize, getting all but the Megaball of 6 number on his ticket.

Another winning story got these two lotteries mixed up. William Bowker, a 94-year-old Air Force Veteran, asked his granddaughter to check his lotto Oregon Lottery Game Megabucks ticket. Thinking it was from a Mega Millions game, she found no win, but the veteran double-checked the ticket only to find it brought him $6.5 million.

What are the Odds of Winning the Lottery?

Many people dream of buying the winning lottery ticket. The real question is what the chances of that happening are. Here’s a quick overview of the odds of winning the main lottery prizes.

  • Winning the Oregon Lottery jackpot would require one to beat the odds of 1 in 12,271,512.
  • The Powerball, which was once thought of as the least likely jackpot, is now second in place. The odds of hitting the main prize are set at 1 in 292,201,388.
  • Currently, the toughest attainable lottery jackpot is the Mega Millions prize, seeing players face odds of 1 in 302,575,350.

These are some challenging numbers that could put lottery daydreams to rest. However, the main thing to remember is to have fun while choosing your lottery numbers and who knows, you might just come home with the winning ticket one day.


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