PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Lottery winner took more than three months to claim his $6.4 million Megabucks jackpot.
But the lucky man had good reason for being late – he lives in Iraq.
Lottery spokesman Chuck Baumann says the man cashed in Dec. 1 at lottery headquarters in Salem. He elected to take his millions in 25 annual installments of $256,000 minus taxes.
Though the Lottery generally prohibits winners from remaining anonymous, officials have honored the man’s request to keep his identity secret. Baumann says it’s because the man is concerned about his safety back home.
The winner bought the ticket for the Aug. 24 drawing through an online lottery agent.