Basketball Mom’s Quick Pick Leads to $40,000 Keno Windfall

Proceeds provide Pasadena family with travel funds

A 47-year-old mom from Pasadena does a lot of traveling with her husband and two daughters because the girls play on different youth travel basketball teams. That’s why she and her husband often find themselves in Bethesda at Talbert’s Ice and Beverage Service, which they regard as their Maryland Lottery “lucky location.”

On July 13, the Anne Arundel County parents played a couple of rounds of Keno at the store, where they have won relatively small amounts in the past. They picked up a $40,000 payday! The score came on an 8-spot quick-pick ticket the mom bought for one drawing. The $10,000 prize quadrupled to $40,000 because she added the Super Bonus feature, which applied a 4x multiplier to her win.

The couple sometimes plays a set of numbers they pick. After the July 13 win, however, going the quick-pick route looks more appealing than ever!

The Keno winnings will come in handy for basketball game travel and lodging expenses. Trips to youth basketball tournaments take the family to locations across Maryland and out of state. The sports-loving parents also plan to spend the prize on house projects, to pay off debt and go on an Ocean City family vacation in August.

Talbert’s Ice and Beverage Service, which is located at 5234 River Road in Bethesda, also has reason to celebrate. For selling a winning Keno ticket worth $10,000 or more, the Lottery retailer picks up a bonus of $400, equal to 1 percent of the prize.