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Carol Richards and Kathy Harvey split their winnings when playing Keno at the Eagles club

COURTESY PHOTO: PATRICK JOHNSON, OREGON LOTTERY - Carol Richards and Kathy Harvey are $33,000 richer after playing Keno at the Eagles lodge in Woodburn recently.When two friends pooled their money, good things happened as they split a more than $33,000 Keno prize.

Carol Richards from Woodburn and Kathy Harvey from Gervais were at the Eagles club in Woodburn on April 29 when they decided to each pitch in $10 and play Keno 8-Spot.

"We put our $20 on the Keno 8-Spot and then started talking and didn't pay attention," Richards said. "The next thing we know, people are pointing out that someone hit the 8-spot."

The duo then scanned the ticket, but since the win had just occurred, they couldn't figure out how much they had won.

"We decided to find out when we went to the lottery office," Harvey said. "It was a nice surprise."

When the two women learned that they had won $33,676, the said "Ooooo!" in unison.

Richards and Harvey split the prize 50-50 and had made plans for their share. Richards, who is a middle-school math teacher, said she was going to put her prize toward her retirement.

"The Oregon Lottery helps to fund schools, so I play to help myself," she laughed. "I helped me into retirement!"

Harvey said she was going to do something fun with her prize.

"It might go toward a truck and a camper for when my husband retires," Harvey said. "But I'm not sure yet. I just found out how much we won.

When players play the Keno 8-Spot, as no one has selected all eight numbers drawn, the rolling jackpot continues to grow until someone matches all eight numbers.

During the 2015-17 biennium in Marion County, more than $55.2 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education and watershed enhancement. The Woodburn School District received $4.1 million in lottery funding during that same time period.

Lottery officials recommend players to always sign the back of their tickets with each Oregon Lottery game they play, to ensure they can claim any prize they may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

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