PORTLAND, Ore. (WFLA/CNN)- A fortune nearly thrown away.
It happened to 94-year-old William Bowker – an air force veteran who lives in Oregon.
He plays the lottery often, and his granddaughter came by to check his latest ticket.
She thought mistakenly it was a Mega Millions ticket when instead it was Megabucks.
Before Bowker tossed it out, he double-checked and to his amazement, he hit on all the winning numbers on a jackpot of $6.5 million!
Bowker took the bulk sum after taxes which is a nice $2.2 million.
Bowker says at 94, he has what he needs, but he’s thrilled to be able to help his family.
A Jacksons Food Store in Happy Valley-Oregon gets $65,000 for selling that winning ticket.
It’s the largest jackpot ticket the chain has ever sold in the state.