SALEM, Ore. — More than three months after hitting the winning numbers, a Springfield, Oregon, man has claimed a record-breaking Keno win of more than $300,000.
Bruce Buckley of Springfield purchased a single $2 Keno ticket on December 11, 2015 after turning in some bottles. That $2 ticket was worth $300,246.50 and was the highest Keno 8-spot win in Oregon Lottery history, Oregon Lottery said Monday.
"I saw that the Keno 8-Spot jackpot was more than $50,000 and figured I would just buy one ticket," Buckley, a piano player and singer said when he claimed his ticket last week. "I had some bottles to return and had the cash, so I figured why not."
Keno is a draw game where numbers are drawn between 1 and 80. Players select how many numbers they want to match to win prizes; they can select just one number or try to guess 10 numbers, depending on the odds they want to face. The more numbers, the higher the odds of winning the jackpot.
In addition, the Keno 8-spot game features a rolling jackpot, so when no one hits all eight numbers drawn, the jackpot continues growing until someone wins. In Buckley's case, the rolling jackpot had grown to more than $50,000. In addition, Buckley selected Special Keno, which gives players the option to play for larger top prizes. Buckley also added the multiplier option for $1 extra, which gives players the chance to multiply their prize 1- to 10-times.The multiplier does not apply to the rolling jackpot.
Buckley won $25,000 for matching all eight numbers, plus with the multiplier for his game was 10, increasing his prize to $250,000. Add to that the $50,246.50 Keno 8-spot rolling jackpot and he won $300,246.50 -- the top 8-spot prize in Keno history. Buckley's odds of matching all eight numbers on his ticket and also having a 10 multiplier were one in 23,011,460.
Buckley said he didn't check his ticket for three days after he purchased it at the Jackson's Food Store off West 7th, in Eugene. When he did scan the ticket he was told to visit the Lottery offices, but not how much he won. He figured he had three prizes he could have won, $750, $17,500 or more than $250,000.
"I know the odds increase the higher the prize, so I figured it was $750," he said. "If I was lucky it was $17,500. So I put it in a nice envelope at my cousin's house because it would be secure. I didn't tell him that it was a winning lottery ticket."
Players have one year from the draw date to claim their prize, so Buckley said he wasn't in a big hurry to claim it, officials said.
"I spent too much time wondering what I had won, so I told my cousin and we went to Salem to claim the ticket," Buckley said. "I still didn't want to know what I had won though."
Even when Buckley was at the Lottery office, he didn't want to know what he had won until the last possible moment.
"I realized I won right there in the Lottery office; it was like a new lease on life," Buckley said. "I am so extremely lucky to not only hit the rolling 8-spot, but the 10X(R) multiplier. It's unbelievable."
The first thing Buckley and his cousin did was talk with a financial advisor about how best to use the winnings. He said he was going to invest the money and use the earnings to supplement his Social Security.
"I am going to buy a newer van, because I have always had junker cars, but I am going to pay cash and try and get a good deal," he said. "Besides that, I am being very careful. This just panned out; it was amazing to just see it say congratulations."
While Buckley's prize was the game's largest 8-spot prize, the Keno 10-spot game offers a top prize of $1 million, the largest Keno prize players can win. Four players have won the $1 million prize since it was added to the game in 1999.
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. The Oregon Lottery reminds players to always sign the back of their Lottery tickets, regardless of the game. In the event of winning a jackpot, they 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 nearly $10 billion for economic development, public education, state parks and watershed enhancements, Lottery officials said.