WAYNE COUNTY, Mich. — Rachel Signorello made some money in tips while working at Playoffs Sports Bar and Grill on Friday, April 14.
She made significantly more making a quick Club Keno bet during that same shift. Signorello, 48, had to lock herself in a bathroom to calm down after winning a $292,524 Club Keno The Jack prize from the Michigan Lottery.
The waitress at the sports bar located at 27409 Goodard Road in Taylor matched her Jack numbers 05-07-10-27-29-31-37-40 to eight of the numbers drawn in drawn inside the bar, however, the win almost didn't happen.
"My husband had been at Playoffs visiting me during my shift and playing Club Keno," Signorello said. "He was getting ready to leave for the night, so we said 'good night' and I went on with my shift."
"The next thing I know he called me at the bar and told me to keep playing The Jack because he had a 'feeling,' so I did. I only had $10 on me, so I bought a two-spot ticket for five draws with The Jack. I won on the very last draw on my ticket."
Signorello couldn't believe she had won, so she re-watched the draw on the lottery's website.
"As I was watching the drawing people kept gathering around me and congratulating me," Signorello said. "I was getting overwhelmed so I snuck off to the bathroom and locked myself inside so I could compose myself."
Signorello visited Lottery headquarters with her husband and son to claim the big prize on Monday, April 17.
With her winnings she plans to buy a new home, pay some bills, make a donation in her nieces honor to a charity that supports Huntington's disease, and then save the remainder.
"Winning takes so much financial pressure off of my family, I just keep asking myself: 'Is this real?'" Signorello said.
The Jack is a Club Keno add-on game that players may add to their Club Keno wager for as little as $1 per draw. With The Jack, players get eight easy pick numbers to match to the Club Keno numbers drawn.
Players may win prizes ranging from $1 to the jackpot. The jackpot starts at $10,000 and grows until it is won. To win the jackpot, players must match all eight numbers.
Club Keno may be played at the 11,000 Lottery retailers across the state. Drawings take place every three and a half minutes. In 2016, Lottery players won about $412.5 million playing Club Keno, The KICKER, and The Jack.
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