Steven Lambert had never purchased a Powerball ticket, but when he saw the jackpot climb to more than $800 million, he opted to try his luck.
"The big jackpot got me," Lambert said. "I had never purchased a ticket before, I even had to have the clerk at the store help me fill out the play slip. I'm really glad I figured it all out!"
Lambert was one of three people in Southern Oregon who won large prizes, even though they didn't win the top prize. Lambert, from Ashland, claimed his $50,000 Monday morning, and said that his son was accepted to University of Oregon, so the money was going to help pay his college expenses.
"I work in the parks and I see what the Oregon Lottery does to help fund state parks," Lambert said.
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