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Oregon Lottery’s ‘second-chance’ drawings offer sweet odds for some

Oregon Lottery scratch-off tickets that don’t pay off the first time around — even those bought two years ago — are eligible for “second chance” jackpots.

SALEM — Buy an Oregon Lottery scratch-off ticket and your chances of winning the top prize are usually around one in 200,000. Odds of being struck by lightning someday are much better.

that kicks off next Tuesday offers a select group of players far better odds of hitting a hefty jackpot.

In one game, the chance of winning $50,000 lies somewhere between 1 in 10 and 1 in 400. In another, the odds are similarly good for hitting a $100,000 payoff.

Here’s the catch. Those odds, which would make a Vegas bookie blush, apply only to people who happened to keep their losing tickets for games that were offered as long as two years ago.

“It’s going to be really good for those players who have held onto those tickets,” said Chuck Baumann, spokesman for the lottery.

to offer second-chance drawings for losing Scratch-its — those colorful cardboard stubs sold at most grocery and convenience stores — back in 2011 when they were getting ready to launch a new, interactive website called The ORcade.

after concerns about targeting youth prompted Gov. John Kitzhaber to intervene. But the promise of giving losing tickets one more shot at the top jackpot stuck, Baumann said.

“When we stood down from The ORcade,” Baumann said, “we told our players, ‘Hey, we’re going to do that,’ and we held true to that.”

A month ago, the lottery set up a new page on its website that allows people at least 18 years old to sign up, then register losing scratch tickets. Random drawings will be held once a month for several games at a time, with the winners getting the top jackpot offered for each game.

But of the thousands and thousands of tickets sold for some of the games, most wound up in waste cans or recycling bins. Only people playing close attention to the lottery knew to store their losing tickets for this long and to register them for a second-chance drawing on the lottery’s website, Baumann acknowledged.

The result: odds skewed heavily in their favor. Here are some examples:

Oregon Lottery’s ‘second-chance’ drawings offer sweet odds for some Oregon Lottery scratch-off tickets that don’t pay off the first time around — even those bought two years ago — are eligible

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Welcome to the Oregon Lottery Mobile App!

It’s all about convenience, utility and Lottery fun at your fingertips anywhere you go. Keep an eye on your app and check back often as we continue to develop the Oregon Lottery app and add on the features you want over the coming months and offer app-only exclusive opportunities to win, just by having the app on your favorite device.

• Check-a-Ticket Scanner – Find out if your ticket (Scratch-its, Jackpot Games, Keno) is a winner. Celebrate with us when you win, learn more about how your Oregon Lottery dollars do good things in your community when you don’t.

• Notifications – Set your notifications for a friendly, fun reminder of the Jackpot game and Keno 8-Spot amounts you don’t want to miss.

• Responsible Gaming Tools & Tips – Keep your entertainment entertaining and your game play fun by learning some gaming best practices. Tools include tips, a budget tool, a timer and a cost of play calculator, all to keep you informed and to maximize your enjoyment of Lottery games of chance.

• Live Keno – Purchase your Keno tickets and/or advance draws at an Oregon Lottery retailer and play from home via your mobile application. Double check your ticket to see if you were a winner by quickly switching over to the Oregon Lottery scanning tool.

• Special App-Only Exclusives – Special promotions and drawings, just for downloading and using the Oregon Lottery mobile app. If you’re a registered user, you’ll have opportunities to be entered to win free Lottery products and prizes. It’s that easy!

• Scanned Ticket History – Each time you scan a ticket, the app saves it in your history, so you can refer back to the games you’ve played whenever you want.

• Past Results, Winner’s Stories, Game Details and so Much More – There’s a lot to explore, and so much more to come as we evolve this app to delight Lottery customers even more in the future. Enjoy and stay tuned!

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What’s New

Version 3.10 (31006)

Our most requested feature is HERE! Scan your Second Chance tickets now on the mobile app!
Minor bug squashing
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I enjoy the Oregon Lottery app very much. I use the Live Keno games, scratch-it’s information and of course the scan tool. I enjoy reading about the winners. I would ask that they publish more winners than just three or four people, including the winners of the second chance scratch its. They could also make it to set up debit card information per your account. So as that people can purchase new Keno Tickets from home with the ticket barcode in your account in the event you win. I know id play much more keno if I could buy a new ticket after my games have ended and I’m already at home.

Developer Response ,

Thank you very much for all this feedback! We are currently working on adding a winners ticker to the top of the app so players can see more winners each day 🙂 I will pass on the feedback on getting more stories out there as well. I will also pass on your feedback about wanting to purchase online. Thank you so much!

It’s time to go online and virtual!

Raising my review because I do appreciate the constructive response from the developer. I really hope you will find a way to allow us to purchase tickets online in the near future (with proper credential and age verification of course, just like credit card companies and banks do).

Original review below.

The app works OK. but the Oregon Lottery has done little to nothing to facilitate people in purchasing tickets during COVID-19. Most businesses have gone virtual during the pandemic, most schools and colleges as well. Grocery stores allow us to make purchases online, either directly or via Instacart. And food is delivered directly to our doorstep.

But not the Oregon Lottery. Buying a lottery ticket requires risking our lives going to a store, handling dirty dollar bills, touching screens and buttons. or talking to customer service at a store from less than 6 feet distance.

Why is that, Oregon Lottery? Why can’t you finally make the step and move to the 21st century, why can’t you allow Oregonians to play remotely, by creating a verified login, and a bank transfer? Banks and brokerages allow secure online banking for two decades, where large sums of money are being transacted. but you can’t allow us to buy at $10 ticket online? Really?

I think it is very clear. You guys are stuck in the 20th century and are too lazy. You get your money anyway so you don’t care.

Developer Response ,

Hi MikiMilano –
Thanks for your direct and honest feedback. Many of your points ring quite true. From the outside looking in, we can see why it might look “lazy” that we can’t quickly turn a corner to online sales, but there are many dynamics a play. We launched our first online product (Scoreboard) in 2019 and are in various phases of piloting other online products. Please understand that as a government agency, we have to always keep the public’s health and best interest at the forefront of all we do. There are many laws, gambling regulations, policies and statutes we have to balance in order to offer games of chance online. The technology itself is available, but the balancing of regulation, responsible gambling practices, retailer best interests and legislative approval must all be attained to move into a more digital product offering. We wish it were a simpler solution, and we appreciate the feedback. Thank you!

Have to log in to Scan!

I played around with the app a little bit more and realized you can’t even login as a guest to scan your tickets.

I don’t care if I am logged in or not, but it won’t scan even though I was logged in. So, I tried to login as a guest and realized you can’t scan your tickets as a guest. Great system! A security feature? Why? I’m logged in, but it wants me to login in order to scan, but but won’t, even as a guest.

You probably just hired a new programmer that changed some things, but maybe you should think about letting people scan their tickets whether they are logged in or not. Isn’t this app supposed to be a convenience for us? What else is it doing that we don’t know about?

Scanning my tickets doesn’t give me anything except for peace of mind. For me to have to login only gives you information, not me peace of mind, not me the answers to my ticket questions.

Yes, I’m irritated. Keep in mind I’m already logged in and it’s not working and there is no backdoor to confirm if I’m a winner. That makes you a loser. Because now my opinion of this app is a one star, or more accurately a zero star but you can’t give a zero star.

So tell me, if I am logged in already and can’t scan, can’t login as a guest and scan, is this a great app or what?

Keep in mind the more difficult it is to confirm if you’re a winner or not, the less likely you’re going to buy tickets. I was looking for convenience, not a way to waste my day off.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for all this feedback. You should be able to scan once logged in. We do require a log in for scanning as we want to ensure users are 18+. One trick is to hard close the app – double tap the home screen and swipe the app up to close it. We apologize that you experienced this issue and hope you will give it another try. Thank you!

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