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CONTACT: Patrick Johnson
Jan. 3, 2017 - Salem, Ore. – A Portland contractor rang in the New Year by winning the first Keno 8-Spot of 2017.
Brad Smith of Portland was having a New Year’s breakfast with friends and they noticed the Keno 8-Spot bonus hadn’t been hit. So the group purchased Keno tickets at the Bucket Brigade Café and Ale House in Portland before calling it a New Year.
“We thought it would be cool if we won to start the New Year,” Smith said. “So I filled out the play slip and only had seven numbers instead of eight. The clerk said that she had seen a lot of 3s show up lately, so I put a 3 on the slip for the eighth number.”
Like many people on New Year’s Day, Smith took a nap and checked his ticket on his computer when he woke up at home.
Sure enough, Smith’s numbers of 3-7-11-17-19-21-44-77 were the winning numbers. Smith won $51,714.90. He hit all 8 numbers for $25,000 and then the rolling 8-Spot bonus was $26,714.90.
“That is quite a way to wake up from a nap, and start 2017!” he said. “I really was freaking out.”
Smith, who by trade hangs drywall for residential buildings, said he was going to buy himself a new SUV.
Keno is a draw game that is played every 4 minutes so there are 322 opportunities to play every day. In addition, when players select Keno 8-Spot, the jackpot bonus continues to grow until someone wins it. In 2016, Oregon Lottery Keno players won $68.8 million around the state, and the Oregon Lottery awarded more than $2.6 million in Keno 8-Spot rolling bonuses.
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 more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org