Oregon Statutes - Chapter 461 - Oregon State Lottery - Section 461.250 - Validation and payment of prizes; tabulation of sales and prizes; assignment of prizes; payment on behalf of deceased winner; claim period; ineligibility of lottery employees; rules.

Upon recommendation of the Director of the Oregon State Lottery, the Oregon State Lottery Commission shall adopt rules to establish a system of verifying the validity of tickets or shares claimed to win prizes and to effect payment of such prizes, provided:

(1) For the convenience of the public, lottery game retailers may be authorized by the commission to pay winners of up to $5,000 after performing validation procedures on their premises appropriate to the lottery game involved.

(2) A prize may not be paid to a person under 18 years of age.

(3) A video lottery game prize may not be paid to a person under 21 years of age.

(4) A prize may not be paid arising from claimed tickets or shares that are stolen, counterfeit, altered, fraudulent, unissued, produced or issued in error, unreadable, not received or not recorded by the Oregon State Lottery by applicable deadlines, lacking in captions that confirm and agree with the lottery play symbols as appropriate to the lottery game involved or not in compliance with such additional specific rules or with public or confidential validation and security tests of the lottery appropriate to the particular lottery game involved. However, the commission may adopt rules to establish a system of verifying the validity of claims to prizes greater than $600 that are otherwise not payable under this subsection due to a lottery game retailerís losing, damaging or destroying the winning ticket or share while performing validation procedures thereon, and to effect payment of verified claims. A verification system established by the commission shall include appropriate public or confidential validation and security tests.

(5) A particular prize in any lottery game may not be paid more than once, and in the event of a binding determination that more than one claimant is entitled to a particular prize, the sole remedy of such claimants is the award to each of them of an equal share in the prize.

(6) The commission may specify that winners of less than $25 claim such prizes from either the same lottery game retailer who sold the winning ticket or share or from the lottery itself and may also specify that the lottery game retailer who sold the winning ticket or share be responsible for directly paying that prize.

(7) Holders of tickets or shares shall have the right to claim prizes for one year after the drawing or the end of the lottery game or play in which the prize was won. The commission may define shorter time periods to claim prizes and for eligibility for entry into drawings involving entries or finalists. If a valid claim is not made for a prize payable directly by the lottery commission within the applicable period, the unclaimed prize shall remain the property of the commission and shall be allocated to the benefit of the public purpose.

(8)(a) The right of any person to a prize shall not be assignable, except that:

(A) Payment of any prize may be made according to the terms of a deceased prize winnerís signed beneficiary designation form filed with the commission or, if no such form has been filed, to the estate of the deceased prize winner.

(B) Payment of any prize shall be made to a person designated pursuant to an appropriate judicial order or pursuant to a judicial order approving the assignment of the prize in accordance with ORS 461.253.

(b) The director, commission and state shall be discharged of all further liability with respect to a specific prize payment upon making that prize payment in accordance with this subsection or ORS 461.253.

(9) A ticket or share may not be purchased by, and a prize may not be paid to, a member of the commission, the director, the assistant directors or any employee of the state lottery or to any spouse, child, brother, sister or parent of such person.

(10) Payments made according to the terms of a deceased prize winnerís signed beneficiary designation form filed with the commission are effective by reason of the contract involved and this statute and are not to be considered as testamentary devices or subject to ORS chapter 112. The director, commission and state shall be discharged of all liability upon payment of a prize.

(11) In accordance with the provisions of the Soldiersí and Sailorsí Civil Relief Act of 1940 (50 U.S.C.A. app. 525), a person while in active military service may claim exemption from the one-year ticket redemption requirement under subsection (7) of this section. However, the person must notify the commission by providing satisfactory evidence of possession of the winning ticket within the one-year period, and must claim the prize or share no later than one year after discharge from active military service. [1985 c.2 §4(6); 1985 c.302 §4(6); 1985 c.458 §1(6); 1985 c.520 §1(6); 1987 c.268 §1; 1991 c.22 §1; 1991 c.613 §4; 1993 c.206 §1; 1995 c.478 §3; 1997 c.249 §160; 1999 c.203 §1; 2003 c.58 §1]

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