He changed two of his eight numbers.
A Frederick man is a little richer these days after winning at Keno. Maryland Lottery officials say Dale Brothers had been playing with the same eight numbers for the past six months. "He decided, a couple weeks ago, to change the numbers. And as a result, won $40,000," says Carole Everett, spokeswoman for the Maryland Lottery.
In statement from the Maryland Lottery, Brothers says "I noticed two of the numbers--33 and 38--kept coming out, so I decided to change them to 23 and 28," he says. "I changed them just in time to hit it big!"
Brothers played a total of 10 games with his ticket, which he purchased at his regular spot, the Ballenger Creek Exxon at 5870 Ballenger Creek Pike in Frederick, according to Lottery officials.
Keno was first introduced in the 1990's, and has been a popular game since then. "You can choose up to ten numbers, and you can win based on how many you match," Everett says. "It's really a fun, social game. A lot of people play it when they're out in a bar or a restaurant."
Lottery officials say Brothers' prize would have been $10,000 if he didn't add Keno Bonus prior to playing. The bonus for the game was four times, making the win $40,000. A $4 win on another game brought the total to $40,004.
He tells the Maryland Lottery that he plans to pay off his bills, and save the rest. "I'm sure his kids have a few ideas for him," says Everett.
Brothers, 57, is the father of three children ranging in age from six to 14. He works as a chef at a restaurant in Gaithersburg, according to a Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission news release.