Loyal Player Cruising to Caribbean with Big Keno Win

“Lucky Ernie” of New Market found his big win playing Keno with friends.

Claimed $12,510 prize on 7-spot ticket

A New Market couple can thank the Maryland Lottery’s Keno game as they bask in the tropical sun during their future cruise to the Caribbean.

Winning a $12,510 Keno prize was the last thing on the Frederick County man’s mind when he visited Blue Sky Bar & Grill in New Market for his weekly meetup with friends. Following that routine was key to his big win.

“I was coming back from Virginia after visiting my mom, and I stopped by the bar to meet up with friends. We all buy (Keno) tickets and drink a beer,” he said.

“Lucky Ernie” loves playing Keno and always takes advantage of opportunities to do so. While at the establishment with his friends, the 46-year-old purchased a 7-spot, five-game ticket and added the Super Bonus multiplier.

“I’m watching the game and I see that I have the five numbers currently on the screen,” “Lucky Ernie” said. “As the numbers continue to appear, they also match my numbers I picked. By the end, I saw I won.”

Trying to contain his excitement was almost impossible! After calling his wife to share news of his good fortune, the winner knew that he had to make his way to Lottery headquarters as soon as possible because he already had plans for his prize.

“Lucky Ernie” is applying the winnings toward an already planned weeklong Caribbean cruise with his wife. The winnings will “make the payments so much easier,” he said.

Sharing in his big win is the lucky Lottery retailer. Blue Sky Bar & Grill located at 10519 Old National Pike in New Market earned a $125 bonus from the Lottery for selling a winning Keno ticket of $10,000 or more.