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Visiting a friend leads to a nearly $60,000 lottery win

by Oregon Lottery | May 27, 2015

CONTACT: Patrick Johnson
Phone: 503-540-1037
Cell: 971-600-6059

May 27, 2015 - Salem, Oregon 

Visiting friends you haven’t seen in a while is its own reward, but winning Keno while visiting friends doesn’t hurt either.

Jean Casas of Bakersfield, California, took a trip to Crooked River Ranch to visit with her friend Dale, when the two decided to have a meal at the Big Dog Saloon. Casas decided to have some fun by playing a few games of Keno. When the game finished, she realized she won $59,807.50 playing Special Keno and the 8-Spot.

“I haven’t played Keno in probably 15 years,” Casas said. “The next thing I knew, we hit the 8-spot and I won! Everyone was excited and it more than paid for my trip.”

Casas claimed her prize Tuesday after the holiday weekend, but before rushing to catch her flight home. She brought Dale with her, as a good luck charm.

“I am thinking about taking my grandkids on one of those Disney cruises with the money,” Casas said.

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.


Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned over $9 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements.