Waterford Woman Wins Michigan Lottery's $250,000 Keno Prize!

LANSING, January 7, 1999 – A Waterford resident is living proof that persistence really does pay off!  After consistently playing the same Keno numbers for several years, the 66-year-old woman enjoyed a big payday – the game’s top prize of $250,000!

The winner said she was "thrilled" to find she had matched 10 of the Keno numbers drawn on Tuesday, December 29 – 5, 14, 25, 30, 42, 55, 60, 62, 67 and 68!

"I checked my Keno ticket against the winning numbers listed in the Oakland Press," she said.  "I was pretty calm at first, but when I called my sons and had them come over to my house I got really excited!  I was completely surprised – dumfounded actually – to find out that I had won!"

The winner, who requested anonymity, picked her own numbers – some of which were based upon her children’s birthdays – and has been a regular Lottery player since 1972.  The winning ticket was purchased at Thrifty Convenience Drug Store, 140 N. Saginaw St., in Pontiac.

The winner offered the following advice for other Lottery hopefuls: "You’ve got to play to win!  If you have a hunch, play a bunch!"

The Keno game is designed to appeal to players wanting better odds of winning a prize.  To play Keno, a player selects 10 numbers between one and 80.  The Lottery draws 22 numbers from the field of one to 80.  Players win if they match six, seven, eight, nine or all 10 of their numbers to the 22 drawn by the Lottery, or even if they match no numbers at all.   A player matching 10 numbers wins $250,000; nine numbers wins $2,500; eight wins $250; seven wins $25; six wins $7 and matching zero numbers wins a free $1 instant game ticket.

Keno drawings are held every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

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