An impromptu dance party broke out inside Kingswood Outfield tavern Oct. 15 when a Tuscola County man won $80,000 playing Club Keno there.
“When he won there were probably about seven of us around afterward, and he had his niece come and pick him up,” said Lisa Werner, co-owner of the bar at 3535 Phillips Road in Koylton Township.
“He had too many toddies. His little niece came to get him, and she came in just a dancin’, and he was dancin’.”
The winner, in his mid-50s, wasn’t the only person celebrating his luck. Werner said the $80,000 prize is the biggest jackpot anyone has claimed playing Michigan Lottery games at her pub in the 11 years she has owned the establishment.
“He’s played enough (Club Keno) to win that,” said Werner, who, with her daughter, Sarah Koehler, owns the tavern.
“He deserved to win it. He comes in almost every day. He’s local and he can use the money. This went to somebody that can use it, and deserves it.”
Werner said the man wishes to remain anonymous after winning the $80,000 on a $2 Club Keno bet. A Club Keno player picks from one to 10 numbers, and the amount of numbers he picks determines the prize he’s playing for – with a minimum bet of $1 per game.
During a Club Keno game, 20 numbers are drawn randomly, from numbers from 1 to 80. The customer at Kingswood Outfield played eight numbers, and all were drawn during his winning game.
The player also paid to apply the “kicker” number, which increases a player’s winnings up to 10 times.
“You win $10,000 if you hit all eight on a $1 bet, but he made a $2 bet so that doubled the prize amount to $20,000,” Werner said. “Then the kicker number was four, which multiplied the prize by 4 times, increasing it to $80,000.”
Werner said word of the winning ticket sold at Kingswood Outfield, west of Kingston, has boosted Club Keno sales at her tavern in recent weeks.
Kingswood Outfield also sold a Nov. 3 Club Keno ticket that won $1,230, and sold a Club Keno ticket that won $900 on Oct. 9. Some customers also buy food.
“We have really, really good bar food – at least that’s what they tell us,” Werner said. “We’re quick and our prices are very reasonable.”
Kingston-area businesses are among the region’s leading sellers of big winners since Oct. 1. Kingston Pub & Grub sold a $1,640 Club Keno winner on Nov. 3, and an $820 Club Keno winner on Nov. 14.
Kingston Corners store sold a $2,604 Daily 4 winner on Oct. 26, and a $720 Club Keno winner on Oct. 30.
The most recent big winner in The Advertiser’s coverage area was a $2,708 winning ticket in the Daily 4 lottery game, sold at Vic’s Market in Vassar on Monday.
Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser. He can be reached at [email protected].