Grand Rapids man wins $10,004!

LANSING, November 24, 2008 – As Robert Toscano watched his numbers come up on the Club Keno monitor, he realized Christmas was going to be a little bit brighter for his family.  The bar manager from Grand Rapids placed a $1 wager on an 8-spot game and matched all eight numbers to win $10,000.  On one other draw, he matched four of eight numbers and because he also played the Kicker, which came up as a 2x multiplier, he won $4, bringing his total winnings for the evening to $10,004.

Toscano hid the winning ticket in his mother’s wallet until he claimed the prize at the Lottery’s Grand Rapids office.  He plans to buy Christmas presents with the prize money.

The lucky easy-pick ticket was purchased at Julians II, 2053 S. Division Ave., in Grand Rapids.

Club Keno offers 37 different ways to play and win. Players can wager $1, $2, $3, $4, $5, $10 or $20 per drawing and tickets can be purchased for up to 20 drawings at a time. Players win Club Keno by matching some or all of the numbers they have selected to the numbers drawn. The more numbers matched, the more the player wins. The Kicker option allows players to multiply their winnings by up to 10 times!

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 2008, the contribution to schools was $740.7 million. Since its inception in 1972, the Lottery has contributed more than $15 billion to education in Michigan.

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