When it comes to the lottery, you can’t win if you don’t play. But that’s not the case for the Medford Police Department. This week, the agency learned it won part of a million dollar jackpot from the Oregon lottery, but not because any officers bought the ticket.
An identity-thief purchased the lottery scratch-off game in 2005 with a stolen credit card. After a long legal battle, the Oregon Court of Appeals distributed the money under the state’s criminal forfeiture rules. That means police chief Tim George gets part of the jackpot for his department.
The Medford Police Department won part of a million dollar jackpot from the Oregon lottery due to an ill-gotten scratch-it. Photo by Shoshana via Flickr
“As far as the lottery goes, I’m not much of a gambler," Geroge says. "I’m a risk manager. I manage my risk a little better than that.”
George calls the actual amount of money his department will receive “better than a poke in the eye” — about $400,000 over 20 years.
He says the cash will fund much needed improvements to the department’s property control facility.
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