Troutdale man scores $54,000 Keno prize
A Troutdale man is $54,000 richer after he picked the lucky numbers while playing Keno, the Oregon Lottery reports.
Donald Devore was waiting for guests at a friend's birthday party to arrive when he decided to start playing Keno at Chu's Eatery, 17110 S.E. Powell Blvd. in Portland on Monday, Feb. 5.
At first, he filled out a slip with only six numbers selected. So he had to start all over — and it's a good thing he did.
"I used our birthdays. I like '56 and '57 Chevys, so I used those numbers, and then two other numbers at random," Devore said. "When the numbers came up, I thought I had won $4,700, which was the 8-spot bonus."
During all the excitement, another player exclaimed that Devore had won $25,000 plus the rolling 8-spot bonus.
"Then I realized I had played for $2, so I had doubled my base prize to $50,000!" Devore continued. "It was ridiculous."
Naturally, Devore bought his friends a round of drinks. Now he wants to take his wife, Kelly, and his friends to the island of Bora Bora in the South Pacific. Kelly would prefer new carpeting.
The couple owns Sandy River Marketing, a promotional products supplier based in Troutdale.
"We have a friend who is always telling us to play Keno 8-spot, and I'm glad we did!" Devore enthused.
During the last two-year budget period, the Oregon Lottery contributed more than $109 million to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement in Multnomah County.