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Oregon lottery winner gives to church, buys Jeeps

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GRANTS PASS, OR (AP) -

Laid off since May, Riley Gunn was driving his wife and kids home to their cabin in the woods in Southern Oregon after registering for computer programming classes, when he pulled off the freeway to buy corndogs for the kids.

Knowing his wife would not approve because money was so tight, but feeling he was sure to win, Gunn said Tuesday he bought an $8 lottery ticket, letting the machine pick the numbers.

The $8 Quick Pick Mega Millions ticket was purchased at the Lil' Pantry Market & Deli in Merlin, which is about 5 miles north of Grants Pass.

When Gunn later checked online, he found he had won $1 million.

Gunn said after collecting his $670,000 in winnings, after taxes, he gave a tenth to his church, bought a pair of new Jeeps, and put in a bid on a house. He plans to use the rest to start his own software business.

Gunn told lottery officials that he was thrilled when he initially learned he had won $250,000, but then realized he had chosen the Megaplier option, which multiplied his prize by four, for a total of $1 million before taxes.

The family picked up the winnings last week in Salem.

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