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Southern Oregon man wins Megabucks jackpot, buys new truck, surprises wife

Michelle Sutherland and her husband, Robert, won the $7 million Oregon's Game Megabucks jackpot. Photo by Ellen Meny.

SALEM, Ore. – A Central Point man’s decision to purchase a second Megabucks ticket earned him $7.3 million.

According to the Oregon Lottery, Charles Svitak decided to purchase a Megabucks ticket when he realized the jackpot was more than $7 million.

He visited his local 7-Eleven and bought a ticket. As he was buying it, the clerk told him that there were two mistake tickets that had already been printed and the clerk offered him the chance to purchase them. Svitak decided to buy one of the two tickets.

But, when he went back to his vehicle he thought about it and went back to purchase the other mistake ticket. The decision was worth $7.3 million.

“When I checked the ticket on my computer I couldn’t believe it,” Svitak said. “The first thing I thought is that I had worked my last graveyard shift. It was a very good day.”

Svitak immediately drove to Salem to claim his prize, but he didn’t tell his wife.

“On the way home, I got a new truck and put the oversized check they gave me on the windshield,” he said. “Then I took her out to show her truck and she realized I won the lottery. She hasn’t stopped giggling since.”

Svitak chose the lump sum option and was given a check for $3.65 million as his prize.

The couple is talking to a financial planner and say the plan on traveling and purchasing a couple new vehicles with the winnings.

The winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven on Front Street in Central Point on Saturday, June 16 – the day of the draw.

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