Melvindale man claims top Keno! prize

LANSING, December 12, 2007 – It was like she could see into the future. A very lucky man won $250,000 playing Keno! and the night before, his wife had told him she thought he would win!

The lucky couple, who chose to remain anonymous, play the Lottery regularly and were surprised to win the top Keno! prize.

They plan to use their prize money to pay bills and “for fun”. The winning own pick ticket was purchased at Eddie’s Newstand, 2516 Oakwood Blvd., in Melvindale.

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 the numbers on their ticket 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 seven days a week.

Over 95 cents of every dollar spent on Lottery tickets is returned to the state in the form of contributions to the state School Aid Fund, prizes to players and commissions to retailers. In fiscal year 2007, the contribution to schools was $748.9 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $14.3 billion to education in Michigan.

For additional information, please visit the Lottery’s Web site at

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