Taking Cover during Tornado Watch Puts Player into Path of Lottery Prize

Father-to-be wins $15,000 playing Keno

A long day at work followed by the need to take shelter during a tornado watch put a Catonsville man right in the path of Lottery luck.

The 34-year-old took cover at Woodlawn Mart in Baltimore and began playing rounds of Keno to unwind and pass the time. “Normally I get off at 4 p.m. but I had a lot of elderly clients to drive around so I didn’t get done until around 6 p.m.,” he said. “There was a tornado watch, too, so I figured I’d wait the storm out and get some relaxation as well.”

The father-to-be wound up with an unexpected windfall of $15,000! The lucky player purchased a 7-spot quick-pick Keno ticket and added the Bonus feature. His numbers hit – 2, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 26 – and the excited winner’s prize doubled through a special Keno Sprinkler promotion. The promotion, which continues through June 26, gives Keno players the chance to double or triple their prize to a maximum of $100,000 if their ticket prints with the doubler or tripler message and is a winner.

The excited player told Lottery officials that his luck arrived at a great time. “My wife and I were a little worried about having enough money for our new baby that’s coming soon. Now we don’t have to worry.”

Also benefiting from his luck is the Lottery retailer. Woodlawn Mart at 1818 Woodlawn Drive in Baltimore will receive a bonus of $150 from the Lottery – equal to 1 percent of the prize – for selling a winning Keno ticket of $10,000 and up.