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$1.326 Billion Powerball Winner Is Laotian Immigrant Battling Cancer – One America News Network

Cheng "Charlie" Saephan holds a check above his head after speaking during a press conference where it was revealed he was one of the winners of the $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot at the Oregon Lottery headquarters on Monday, April 29, 2024 in Salem, Oregon (AP).  Photo/Jenny Kane)
Cheng “Charlie” Saephan holds a check above his head after speaking at a press conference where it was revealed he was one of the winners of the $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot at the Oregon Lottery headquarters on Monday, April 29 2024 in Salem, Ore. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

James Meyers of OAN
12:11 PM – Wednesday May 1, 2024

The winners of the $1.326 billion Powerball prize have been officially announced and announced by the Oregon Lottery on Monday.

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As one of last month’s jackpot winners, Cheng “Charlie” Saephan, 46, an immigrant from Laos, told the press that he has had cancer for eight years and had his most recent chemotherapy treatment last week. Saephan also told reporters that he prayed to God for help after the purchase.

Under Oregon law, with some exceptions, lottery players must come forward and cannot remain anonymous.

Saephan, 46, said he and his wife, Duanpen, 37, would split the price evenly with another friend who contributed to the purchase. The couple also announced that they will receive a lump sum, which will amount to approximately $422 million after taxes. The jackpot is subject to federal and Oregon state taxes.

The couple’s friend, Laiza Chao, 55, reportedly deposited $100, in addition to the couple’s $100, to purchase 20 tickets.

“I am happy for my family, they will have a good life,” Saephan said during the press conference. “I’m fighting cancer, so I’m thinking about how I’m going to spend all the money,” he said, adding that he can now find a “good doctor” and that he and his wife plan to buy a house with their lump sum gain. .

Saephan, father of two, said: “How am I, as a cancer patient, going to have time to spend all this money?” he wondered. How long will I live?”

At the time Chao bought the tickets, he remembered sending a photo of the party to his wife, jokingly saying, “We’re billionaires.” It was a light-hearted joke before the actual draw, he claimed, but when the winners were finally announced, the ‘joke’ became reality.

“I call Laiza while she is driving to work, I told her that you don’t have to go to work now; we won the lottery; we won the jackpot!” Saephan said during the press conference.

The numbers drawn for the jackpot were 22, 27, 44, 52 and 69, with a Powerball of 9, the lottery said.

Additionally, according to lottery rules, the Plaid Pantry location in Northeast Portland will also receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

“Plaid Pantry is thrilled to hear that one of our 104 stores in Oregon has sold the $1.3 billion Powerball ticket,” Jonathan Polonsky, president and CEO of Plaid Pantry, said in a statement to the Oregon Lottery. “This store is one of our newest and most beloved stores. Oregon Lottery proceeds fund many programs that benefit everyone in the state, and we have been a proud partner of the Oregon Lottery since its inception.”

The Powerball has not been won since January 1stwhen a ticket sold in Michigan resulted in an $842.4 million jackpot.

Powerball is a multi-state jackpot administered by 44 states, plus the District of Columbia (DC), the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according to the Oregon Lottery.

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