Irish Eyes Smiling on Oklahoma Lottery’s First Millionaire Family
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – March 17, 2006 – Irish eyes are smiling on Laura and Charles Ray this St. Patrick’s Day 2006. The Foss couple officially became Oklahoma’s first Lottery millionaires after presenting their winning Powerball ticket to lottery officials in Oklahoma City this afternoon.
“You will not see a brighter, shade of green anywhere in our state today than the bank account of Laura and Charles Ray,” said Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery, who presented an oversized replica of a $1 million check to the family at lottery headquarters. “If the Rays’ good fortune doesn’t help to underscore why Power Play has become such a popular option with our Powerball game, then I’m not sure what will.” In Wednesday’s drawing, a record-high 49 percent of Oklahoma’s Powerball players participated in the Power Play option for an extra dollar.
The Rays are now winners of the largest single prize in the Oklahoma Lottery’s brief history, earning the distinction by matching five white balls from Wednesday night’s drawing and then combining their original $200,000 Powerball prize with the Power Play multiplier number 5. After withholding of 25 percent federal and 4 percent state tax, the Rays received $710,000.
“When my wife first looked at our ticket she thought we’d won $100,000,” said Ray, owner/operator of Toot’s Baithouse, a lottery retail outlet and also the location in which they purchased their winning ticket. “It wasn’t until a lottery official showed us we’d actually won $1 million that it really hit us.”
Because there were no winners in Wednesday’s drawing, Saturday’s Powerball jackpot will be an estimated $88 million. The Power Play 10X promotion also continues tomorrow night and for another three Powerball drawings thereafter. The 10X promotion, which runs throughout the month of March, allows Powerball winners (not including those who win the jackpot) to multiply their original prize by 10 times and win up to $2,000,000. Nearly 15,000 Oklahoma Lottery Powerball players saw their cash prizes increased by 10 times their original amount in last Saturday night’s drawing.
Powerball drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 9:59 p.m. (CST) and are telecast live on the lottery’s drawing stations – KOKH-Fox and KOCB-WB in Oklahoma City, and on KWBT-WB in Tulsa. Results are also available immediately after each drawing on the lottery’s official website at www.lottery.ok.gov and are distributed to the media for television and radio broadcast as well as printed daily in newspapers throughout the state
Players can purchase Powerball tickets – and the optional Power Play multiplying feature – at lottery-contracted retail locations throughout the state until 7:59 p.m. (CST) on the night of the drawing.
All profits from the Oklahoma Lottery are used to support improvements and enhancements for educational purposes and programs at all levels – from Pre-Kindergarten to higher education.
Oklahoma Powerball Prizes
Total Prizes through March 15, 2006: $9,442,240
Prizes $10,000 or More:
Ticket Sold On
February 25, 2006
February 25, 2006
Mr. Bass, Inc.
March 2, 2006
February 28, 2006
Miller’s Short Stop