SALEM, Ore. – Hanging out with friends at a local watering hole earned Robert Jones of Creswell more than $32,000 playing Keno 8-spot.
Jones went to the Roundup Tavern to have a fun afternoon and ended up winning $32,012 while joking around with friends at the bar.
“I go down there to hang out because I have a lot of friends there,” Jones said. “I usually harass everyone. We have a lot of fun. I was watching the numbers as I was playing and missed them, I knew I hit six of eight.”
After having the bartender check the numbers, Jones realized he hit the 8-spot bonus. At first, he thought he won $27,000, but after visiting the Lottery office, he realized his prize was more than $32,000.
Players who play the Keno 8-spot have a chance at the rolling jackpot bonus, Oregon Lottery says, which increases each game no one matches all eight numbers. In Jones’ case, the bonus had increased to $17,012. With the base prize of $15,000, making his total prize worth $32,012.
While claiming the ticket, his wife, Christina, said she was going on a shopping spree – prompting a laugh from Robert.
“No, no shopping spree,” the retired beer distributor said. “We have a trip to Palm Springs planned, so some of the money will go to that, and we will save the rest.”
Robert said that he lives on a golf course and plays a lot of golf, and the prize will help with greens fees.
“We had a fun day at the Lottery,” he said.
During the 2015-17 biennium in Lane County, where the Jones lives, more than $50.8 million in Oregon Lottery proceeds were directed to economic development, parks, education, and watershed enhancement, According to Lottery officials.