Barber’s Keno Bonus Win Brings $30,000 Bonanza

Lucky hunch delivers winning numbers and big prize

A Frederick County barber who called a family member for lucky numbers was sporting a winning smile at Lottery headquarters after claiming his $30,000 Keno prize.

The hardworking 27-year-old splits time between two jobs in a fast-food establishment and the family-run salon. When not working, he’ll play a few rounds of Keno. A family member who often phones or texts him with hunches about lucky Keno numbers introduced him to his hobby a few years ago. Whichever of them is closest to a Lottery retailer will play the numbers.

The exciting saga of this Keno win began when the Frederick man, using numbers from his relative’s hunch, placed an 8-spot Keno bet with the Bonus option for three games. Each of the eight numbers – 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 – matched numbers drawn during one of the games, winning him a $10,000 prize. Because he elected to play the optional Bonus feature, the barber tripled his win!

When he scanned the ticket later, he couldn’t believe his luck.

“I thought this must be fake and asked the clerk to re-check the ticket,” he said.

The happy man immediately called the family member who provided the lucky “hunch” to share his good news.

The lucky player said he plans to use the winnings to pay some bills and reinvest in the family salon. He purchased his winning Keno ticket at Manny Mart located at 119 South Market Street in Frederick. For selling a winning Keno ticket of $10,000 or more, Manny Mart receives a bonus of $300 from the Lottery – equal to 1 percent of the prize.