TORONTO, December 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Baghdad man ordered tickets for the Oregon Megabucks online through theLotter.com
"Are you sure? Are you sure?" - M. from Baghdad couldn't quite believe his luck when he got the phone call to say he had won the CAD$8.7 million jackpot in the Oregon Megabucks. He was driving in his car and was on his way to the bank. One can but wonder what he ended up telling his bank manager that day.
Last week M. picked up his prize at the Oregon Lottery offices in Salem, Oregon. The Iraqi winner opted to remain anonymous to keep himself and his loved ones out of harm's way and he will have the prize paid out in 25 instalments of CAD$350,000 before taxes. M's full story can be found here.
Oregon state lottery spokesman Chuck Baumann spoke to the Associated Press and said that this was the first time in the lottery's history that a person living overseas had bought a Megabucks ticket online and struck it rich. He added that "the lottery has no restrictions on foreigners winning prizes or buying tickets through an online agent".
M. had ordered his tickets through theLotter.com, a website which provides people from all over the world with a secure online purchasing service. The firm has established offices in the US and Europe physically purchasing official tickets on behalf of players from Canada and anywhere else on the planet. Tickets are purchased solely from authorised retailers for the big, official lotteries.
theLotter.com has distributed CAD$49 million in prizes to 1.7 million lottery winners since it was founded more than a decade ago. The site has many Canadians customers, who, before the service launched, still had to drive across the border to buy tickets for US lottery draws like this week's CAD$223 million US Powerball