Winner of $1.3 billion Powerball jackpot revealed

PORTLAND, Ore. —A Portland man, his wife, and their friend are making history as the winners of the 4th largest Powerball Jackpot. Husband and wife Cheng and Duanpen Saephan and their friend Laiza Chao from Milwaukie are the lucky winners of the $1.3 billion Powerball Jackpot.

The winners were announced at an Oregon Lottery news conference Monday afternoon.

Saephan was the only person in the country to match all 5 numbers plus the Powerball. The win is by far the biggest prize ever won in Oregon. Previously the largest Powerball prize won in Oregon was a $340 million jackpot in 2005.

Saephan who has battled cancer was relying on a combination of faith and luck when he purchased over $20 tickets for the drawing. “I pray for blessing and my prayers were answered and my life has been changed. Now I can bless my family and find a good doctor for myself.”

In the weeks leading up to the jackpot, he wrote out numbers from the game on a piece of paper and slept with it under his pillow. He says his prize will allow him and his family to live worry-free in light of his illness.

After discovering he had the winning ticket he called his wife to share the news with her. He asked where she was and she said on her way to work. That’s when he said you don’t need to go anymore.

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Jenna King is the 6pm anchor and our Feature Reporter at 10pm and 11pm for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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