Ore. man checks fridge, finds winning lottery ticket

SALEM, Ore. — A Portland man found an Oregon Lottery ticket worth $21.8 million hanging on his refrigerator door. It had been there for three months.

Leland Hanson tells lottery officials he was about to pay his veterinarian when he noticed the lottery tickets on his fridge and decided to see if there was a little extra money there. He found the July 30 Megabucks jackpot-winning ticket that he brought to the Salem lottery office on Thursday.

The lottery says Hanson chose the cash-out option and received a one-time payment of $10.9 million before state and federal taxes were withheld. He had purchased a $1 ticket at a north Portland convenience store.

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