Portland neighbors split $50,000 Powerball prize

It may not be a billion dollars, but it's something

Portland's Barbara Healey, her neighbor Erica Johnson and mother-in-law Shawna Johnson are splitting a $50,000 prize. (Oregon Lottery)
Portland's Barbara Healey, her neighbor Erica Johnson and mother-in-law Shawna Johnson are splitting a $50,000 prize. (Oregon Lottery)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Three winning Powerball tickets were sold in Wednesday night’s drawing, which means people in Florida, Tennessee and California will split the $1.6 billion jackpot. But a handful of Oregonians still came out as winners.

According to the Oregon Lottery, there were 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon. Some of those tickets won just $4, but six people won $50,000 and one person won $100,000.

Portland’s Barbara Healey, her neighbor Erica Johnson and mother-in-law Shawna Johnson are splitting a $50,000 prize. The friends said they recently went to try a new butcher shop, but when they found it was closed they decided to buy some Powerball tickets instead.

“We had no idea what we were doing, but the prize was so big we had to give it a try,” Healey told the Oregon Lottery.

The friends bought a $10 Powerball ticket and matched four numbers and the Powerball. When they checked the ticket Wednesday night they said they couldn’t believe it.

“My family had planned a trip to Disneyland, now we are going to go all out,” Erica Johnson said. “This is so much fun!”

Lottery spokesperson Chuck Baumann said in a statement to make sure and check your ticket because “you could be sitting on $50,000 and not even know it!”

Overall, Oregon Powerball players won more than $1.5 million in prizes. Sales in Oregon for Wednesday’s drawing exceeded $6.3 million.

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