Lisa Knust (center) poses for a photo with (left to right) her husband, Rick, and friends Charlotte Zerbe and Keith Smith after collecting her Club Keno The Jack prize.
A night out with friends led to a big Club Keno The Jack win for a Kalkaska County woman.
Lisa Knust, of Rapid City, was having dinner and drinks with friends at the Alden Bar and Grille, located at 9149 Helena Road in Alden, when she bought a Club Keno The Jack ticket. She won $79,517 when her The Jack numbers matched the numbers drawn – 14-15-16-18-25-31-33-74 – in Club Keno drawing number 1246812.
“I bought my ticket and went back to enjoying dinner and drinks, and didn’t watch the drawings very closely,” said Knust. “The couple my husband and I were with noticed that The Jack had been reset to $10,000 and we joked about how funny it would be if I was the winner.
“I decided that I should check my ticket, so I went to the scanner and it told me to see the retailer. I thought I had won $600, so we started celebrating and carrying on.”
Little did Knust know at the time, she had actually won much more than $600.
“I asked the bartender to give me a printout of the winning numbers so I could check my ticket,” said Knust. “We went through the draws one-by-one, checking the Club keno numbers I had played very carefully, and I didn’t have any winners. That’s when I started to check my The Jack numbers. When I realized I was the big winner, I started screaming!”
The night was just getting started for Knust and her friends. She put the winning ticket in her purse, and ventured to another bar to continue the celebration.
Lisa Knust’s winning Club Keno The Jack ticket.
“We called my sons and asked them to join us to celebrate,” said Knust. “While we were out, we watched my purse like a hawk to make sure that the winning ticket didn’t go missing.”
“Winning has been so exciting and surreal. I didn’t win $10 million, but I’m thrilled to win $79,000!” Knust said as she collected her big prize at Lottery headquarters in Lansing on Tuesday.
The Jack is a Club Keno add-on game that players may add to their Club Keno wager for just $1 per draw. With The Jack, players get eight easy pick numbers to match to the Club Keno numbers drawn. Players may win prizes ranging from $1 to the jackpot. The jackpot starts at $10,000 and grows until it is won. To win the jackpot, players must match all eight numbers.
Club Keno may be played at the 11,000 Lottery retailers across the state. Drawings are every three and a half minutes. Results and live drawings may be found online at http://www.michiganlottery.com.