It took 3 months before the winner of the Aug. 24 draw of the Oregon Lottery Megabucks ticket to come forward.  The reason: the man was an Iraqi and had bought the ticket online, using the popular online ticket agent ‘TheLotter’.

The lottery forbids players from buying tickets online and specifies that winners should always be identified.  When government agencies were consulted, the advice was to release the prize to the winner.  An exception was made to allow anonymity because identifying the winner could put his life in danger.  The Iraqi man chose to receive his prize over a span of 25 years.