Umatilla Couple First to Win $1 Million Mega Millions Prize in Oregon

RELEASE DATE: 7/22/2014

Salem, Ore. - Lisa Schmidt always joked that her husband Mark would win the lottery $1 at a time. The Mega Millions drawing on Friday, July 18 sped up the process considerably for the couple from Umatilla!

Thanks to matching five of the six numbers and only missing the Mega Ball number in Friday’s drawing, they became the Oregon Lottery’s first $1 million Mega Millions prize winners.

Mark said he checked the ticket Friday night online, and then spent the weekend thinking about what to do. “I don’t think we slept all weekend,” Mark said when they claimed their prize at the Lottery office in Salem on Monday, July 21. “Now that we have the check, it’s finally real.” After taxes, the Schmidts took home approximately $670,000.

According to both Mark and Lisa the prize couldn’t come at a better time. Mark had been laid off from the chemical depot in Umatilla and will be graduating in two weeks to be certified to do heating, ventilation and cooling work from a technical college. “We are going to use the money to pay off bills and go on a cruise,” Mark said. “Our 9-year-old son, Ryan, wants an Xbox One.”

Mark bought his winning ticket at the McNary Market & Deli in Umatilla and used the Quick Pick method to select the numbers on his $1 ticket.

The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

Media contact: Oregon Lottery, Chuck Bauman, (503) 540-1015