Montgomery County Keno Players Clean Up at Laundromat

Burtonsville man and his wife pick up $40,000 prize

A Burtonsville truck driver and his wife have played Keno regularly for years, enjoying the fast-paced game at lots of locations.

“When we’re in a bar, when we see the screen, the urge hits to play,” said the husband after the couple claimed a $40,000 prize at Maryland Lottery headquarters. They cleaned up with a big win at a Silver Spring laundromat.

“We usually hit for three or four digits, but never like this before,” he said. To achieve their big score, they made a $3 play. They placed an eight-spot bet and added the Super Bonus option. All eight numbers — 10, 29, 54, 55, 56, 59, 60 and 64 — hit for a base win of $10,000 and the 4x Super Bonus multiplier quadrupled the prize.

The couple plans to keep the win a secret so they can “get a little bit of enjoyment out of it,” said the husband, who turns 76 this month. He’s planning a tuna-fishing trip on the Atlantic off North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The deep-water excursion, which was on his bucket list for a long time, is his first ocean journey and far different from his routine outings to catch Chesapeake Bay rockfish.

Also getting lucky on the Keno play was Aspen Hill Laundromat and Cleaners at 14021 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring. The Montgomery County retailer earns a bonus of $400 from the Lottery. The bonus is equal to 1 percent of the prize.