Portland man wins $118,000 Keno prize in Wilsonville
It's often been said that getting up early will make you "healthy, wealthy and wise" — but one Portland man truly found the pot of gold hidden at the crack of dawn.
Local early bird Sam Hawley turned a modest win of $1,750 into a $118,000 payday after he woke up too early to redeem his smaller prize.
Hawley won his initial prize while playing the Special Keno 8-Spot, and dutifully reported to the Oregon Lottery's Wilsonville Payment Center a few days ago to collect.
The only problem? He arrived at 7:30 a.m., while the sleepy state officials don't clock in until an hour later.
With nothing better to do, Hawley headed over to the Fred Meyer just a few blocks away on Wilsonville Road and purchased another Keno ticket with the same numbers.
All eight of his numbers matched, bringing him $25,000 — and the rolling jackpot of $93,759.60.
Hawley didn't realize his good fortune until he arrived at the Lottery redemption office.
"I have used the same numbers for years," he said.
Clackamas County recieved some $55 million between 2015 and 2017 from the Oregon Lottery, which collects far more than it pays out.