A man in Oregon won the state lottery jackpot Friday, defying the odds yet again after surviving cancer twice.
Stu MacDonald, a resident of Bend, Oregon, buys his Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket every week, gently reminded by his wife, Claudia, to "get the winning ticket," according to a statement from the Oregon Lottery.
He bought the quick pick ticket at Ashley's Cafe in Bend on Sept. 7, per the Oregon Lottery. His wife, the lottery said, forgot to tell him to get the winning ticket this time.
"I am a very lucky guy," MacDonald said. "I have survived cancer twice, and here I am. This is amazing."
A spokesperson with the Oregon Lottery did not specify to USA TODAY what cancers MacDonald survived.
The cafe will get a 1% bonus of his winnings for selling the ticket.
"We are thrilled to learn that we sold a Megabucks jackpot,” said Tezra Kong, director of operations at Ashley’s, according to the lottery statement. “A big congratulations to our guests on their windfall."
MacDonald opted to take the bulk sum payment, worth about $2.3 million. Taking taxes into account, his windfall is still a hefty $1.56 million.
In early August, a 94-year-old Air Force veteran won a $6.5 million jackpot in Oregon, CNBC reported, but almost threw away his Oregon's Game Megabucks ticket.