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Portland man claims $1 million Powerball prize

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It was not the jackpot, but a pretty sweet prize none the less. A Portland man claimed a $1 million Powerball prize on Friday, according to lottery officials.

Joe Watson purchased the ticket at the Lombard Market in Portland. He said he could not believe he had walked around for three days before checking his ticket.

"When I checked it, I couldn't believe the number that came up. I have never seen a number that large," Watson said. "I kept having people check the ticket. We did it five times. I had to bend over to catch my breath."

Watson had hit five for five numbers, but missed the Powerball.

"If my friend had been with me I would have gotten a PowerPlay option and this would have been $2 million, but then I might not have won at all, so who knows," Watson said. "All I know is that this is great!"

After taxes, Watson took home $670,000. The odds of him winning the prize were 1 and 11,688,053.52, according to the Oregon Lottery.

Watson was the second Powerball millionaire in the past month. Monte Berry of Gresham did add the PowerPlay option, and won a $2 million Powerball jackpot on December 12.

The Powerball jackpot has hit a record-breaking $800 million jackpot. Players do not have to necessarily win the top prize to win big. There were more than 57,000 winning tickets in Oregon who took home prizes worth over $1.2 million for the January 6 drawing.

Earlier this week, Fred Estabrook of Central Point claimed a $50,000 Powerball prize.

Lottery officials are still waiting for players to claim three $50,000 prizes who have tickets that were purchased in Gresham, Grants Pass and Eugene.

According to lottery officials, the overall odds of winning a Powerball prize are 1 in 24.9. Odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338.

The next drawing is Saturday at 7:59 p.m. Players have until 7 p.m. to purchase tickets on drawing days.

The winners have one year from the date of the drawing on their winning ticket to collect their prize.

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