Retailer Sues Oregon Lottery, Using Law Firm Whose Partner is Lottery Commission Chair


The thorny situation between the Oregon Lottery and Dan Fischer, one of the largest lottery retailers, grew even more complex on June 19, when one of Fischer's companies sued the lottery to stop the agency from cutting off its access to the state's gambling machines.The lawsuit is part of a long-running battle over the concentration of lottery retailers on Hayden Island, which is well-placed to attract ...   More
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Deceptive? Oregon Lottery Ticket Perplexes Would-be Winner


Rodney Haven thought he'd caught a lucky break when he uncovered multiple winning hands on an Oregon Lottery scratch-off ticket last August.Haven, 59, works for Downtown Clean and Safe scrubbing Portland’s public restrooms. It’s a job that pays him $12 an hour. The $31,038 he won—or thought he won—would have given him a chance to focus on creative projects.“I wanted to invest ...   More
Thursday, March 26, 2015 ANTHONY MACUK

Man Vs. Machine

A video poker machine dealt Justin Curzi a strange hand. Now he’s calling the Oregon Lottery’s bluff.

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Justin Curzi pecked the draw button on the Jacks or Better video poker machine. The glow from five game screens lit the maroon walls of the windowless room in the back of Northwest Portland’s    More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Dr. Know: How do I get my money when I win the Oregon Lottery next week?

Dr. Know
I’m planning to win the Oregon Lottery next week. How do I get my money? The prize will be way too big for my bank’s insurance coverage. Do they set up a Swiss bank account, or what? —Alway   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Stuffing the Odds

Should I enter the lottery’s Thanksgiving Day Raffle?

Dr. Know
Should I enter the lottery’s Thanksgiving Day Raffle? My odds aren’t great, but aren’t they better in this game, since they only sell a limited number of tickets? I’m feeling lucky! —So   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: Kitz Doubles-Down on Dozono

The streetcar is slow getting to Tucson, too.

Gov. John Kitzhaber keeps rolling the dice on Elisa Dozono. In May, WW reported that Kitzhaber submitted Portland lawyer Dozono’s name for a vacancy on the Oregon Lottery Commission, then withdrew i   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Gambling on a New Lottery Boss.

The Oregon Lottery generates more than $500 million a year, most of it from video gambling machines in bars and taverns. Longtime Lottery Commission Chairman Steve Ungar is stepping down and Gov.    More
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: One-Screened Bandit

Does the Oregon Lottery tweak video poker machines to entice people to play?

Dr. Know
Does the Oregon Lottery manipulate video poker machines to be “looser” at certain times—like when Social Security checks come in...   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Gravy Train

Union Pacific has billions in profits. So why is Oregon subsidizing the rail giant?

News Stories
When it comes to shipping companies, few are bigger than Union Pacific. The rail giant controls 32,000 miles of track across most of the Western U.S. Last year, the company had profits of $3.3 bil   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 KARA WILBECK

Nature Conservancy Benefits from Lottery Dollars

Oregon State Capitol.

In the ongoing flap over whether the Oregon Legislature will refer certain "fixes" to Measure 76, it's worth noting that the group most concerned about referring those questions to voters—the Nature Conservancy—has a strong interest in preserving the status quo.As WW previously reported, there was strong disagreement last summer about Measure 76 before voters approved that state constitutional ...   More
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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