A last minute invitation led a Zeeland man to a $111,306 Michigan Lottery prize.
Tory Balulis won the big prize playing Club Keno The Jack at Shot’s Grill, Pizzeria and Pub, located at 4259 Lake Michigan Drive in Grand Rapids. He won on Club Keno draw 1180192 by matching all eight of his The Jack numbers to the numbers drawn: 02-12-15-24-28-46-73-79.
“My heart was racing! I was shocked and in disbelief when I won,” said Balulis. “In fact, I didn’t even believe I had really won until I confirmed it the next day by watching the drawing on the Michigan Lottery mobile app.”
It was pure happenstance that Balulis found himself at Shot’s Grill Pizzeria and Pub on Valentine’s Day.
“I invited my grandma to go to the casino with me on Saturday, but she was worried the roads were too slick. I also called a friend and asked them to go out and grab dinner at a local bar, but they couldn’t make it,” said Balulis. “Just when I was about to grab dinner, a friend texted me and told me to come up to Shot’s. I was just down the street so I made my way up there and the rest is history.”
Balulis is happy to have won Club Keno The Jack, and plans to be smart with his winnings.
“I’m very thankful to have won. I’m going to pay some bills, buy a new vehicle and invest the rest,” Balulis said.
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.