Troutdale man wins $54K playing Keno, after going to wrong restaurant for friend's party

(Oregon Lottery)

Troutdale man Donald Devore won $54,747 playing Keno this week.

But the events leading up to his win make it even more of a surprise.

On Monday, Devore was planning to attend a birthday party for a friend who was turning 60.

The only problem was that the friend sent out the wrong location. Devore, who meets regularly with the friend, showed up at their normal hangout, Chu's Eatery in Portland.

"He had sent the wrong location out, so there were only four of us at the location he wanted," Devore said. "We all decided to start playing Keno."

When Devore filled out his play slip for his Keno 8-spot game, he accidentally only selected six numbers.

"So I had to do another play slip. I used our birthdays. I like 56 and 57 Chevys, so I used those numbers, and then two other numbers at random," he said. "When the numbers came up, I thought I had won $4,700, which was the 8-spot bonus."

Another player told him that he won $25,000 plus the rolling 8-spot bonus of $4,700.

"Then I realized I had played for $2, so I had doubled my base prize to $50,000!," he said. "It was ridiculous."

Now Devore is talking about taking his friends to Bora Bora, however, Kelly, Devore's wife, said she would like new carpeting.

"Of course we bought everyone a round of drinks at the party, too," he said. "We have a friend who is always telling us to play Keno 8-spot, and I'm glad we did!"

Lottery officials recommend that you always sign the back of your tickets with each Oregon Lottery game you play, to ensure you can claim any prize you may win. In the event of winning a jackpot, players should consult with a trusted financial planner or similar professional to develop a plan for their winnings. Prize winners of more than $50,000 should contact the Lottery office to schedule an appointment to claim their prize.

Since the Oregon Lottery began selling tickets on April 25, 1985, it has earned more than $11 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements. For more information on the Oregon Lottery visit www.oregonlottery.org.

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