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Published: Thursday, 8/15/2002

Lucky unknown $69,500 richer via lottery ticket sold in Oregon

A customer of Pearson's Party Store, 3217 Seaman St. in Oregon, will soon be $69,500 richer because a Buckeye 5 ticket bought at the store Tuesday matched all five numbers drawn.

The holder of the ticket with the numbers 10, 22, 23, 28, 36 had not come forward yesterday, an Ohio Lottery spokeswoman said. The ticket was sold at 6:29 p.m., an hour before the drawing. The buyer had the computer select the numbers.

Ronee Pearson of the party store said yesterday that she believes the winner is a regular customer but declined to speculate further. Ms. Pearson said the store has had a Buckeye 5 winner before, and a recent participant on the Cash Explosion television program bought her ticket from the party store.

“We're on a roll,” Ms. Pearson said. “It's very exciting. We're anticipating a Super Lotto ticket from us, even a Mega [Millions winner]. I'm optimistic.”

The party store will get $500 for selling the winning ticket.

Overall, one ticket matched five numbers for the $100,000 grand prize - $69,500 after taxes. Each of the 68 players with four numbers will get $250. The 2,328 players with three numbers will get $10 each, and the 24,633 with two numbers will get $1.

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