Keno Player Goes Big, Goes Home Happy

Howard County woman’s large wager leads to $30,000 payday

A Woodstock woman who stopped in a Glen Burnie restaurant after work for a crab cake and appetizers decided to spice up her evening with a few rounds of Keno. By the time she left, the 41-year-old was $30,000 richer.

The lucky winner told Lottery officials that she plays Keno but usually just watches her husband try his luck. On the evening she found her fortune, the occasional player watched a few games and then played a few rounds of her own, winning several times. The wife then decided to borrow her husband’s strategy of swinging for the fences. While waiting for the bill, she placed a single $60 quick-pick, 5-spot wager on one final round of Keno.

“He always says if you’re going to go, go big,” she explained.

The winning wife even added the game’s optional Super Bonus feature to her ticket. “When the fourth number matched, I got really excited because I began to think that this could really happen,” she said. The 5x Super Bonus multiplier boosted her $6,000 prize to $30,000!

The winner, who works as an administrative assistant at a busy real estate office, said she’s not sure what she’ll do with her $30,000 prize other than put it into savings. “I have to prioritize and decide what’s best for me and my family,” she said.

The lucky lady bought her winning ticket at Romano’s Restaurant at 6905 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie. For selling a winning Keno ticket of $10,000 or more, the lucky retailer earns a bonus from the Lottery of $300. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.