Man survives cancer twice — then hits $4.6 million jackpot, Oregon Lottery say

An Oregon cancer survivor’s lucky streak continued this month with a $4.6 million lottery win, according to state officials.

“I am a very lucky guy,” winner Stu MacDonald of Bend said in a statement released by the Oregon Lottery on Friday. “I have survived cancer twice and here I am. This is amazing.”

MacDonald bought the winning Oregon’s Game Megabucks ticket Sept. 7, according to the Oregon Lottery.

The news release said MacDonald won the “jackpot on a quick pick ticket he purchased at Ashley’s Café on Northeast 3rd Street in Bend. MacDonald opted to take the bulk sum payment of $2.3 million, and after taxes took home $1.56 million.”

The win came even though MacDonald and his wife, Claudia, didn’t go through their usual ritual before he went out to buy the ticket earlier this month.

“Get the winning ticket,” she usually told him, according to the state lottery.

He won anyway.

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Jared Gilmour is a McClatchy national reporter based in San Francisco. He covers everything from health and science to politics and crime. He studied journalism at Northwestern University and grew up in North Dakota.