March 10, 2004
Arkansas Man Dreams Numbers; Wins Largest Keno Prize
An Arkansas man "about fainted" when he won $50,000 using eight numbers that came to him in a dreamt the night before. Thurman "Gene" Pennel, 69, of Garfield, Ark., said he dreamed the numbers 6, 7, 34, 35, 36, 37, 66 and 77 on Friday night, March 5. As soon as he woke up, he wrote the numbers down. On Saturday, March 6, he "had a good feeling," so he played those numbers in the Missouri Lottery’s Club Keno game at Vikings USA Bootheel in Seligman. When the numbers were drawn, Pennel won $50,000 ? and became the second person to win a prize that large in the Lottery’s newest numbers game.
"I’ll invest the money. I might buy a guest bed for the loft in my log home," said Pennel, who is retired from Cessna Aircraft Co., where he was a tool and dye builder.
One other player, Jerry Holcomb of Nevada, won $50,000 playing Club Keno. Holcomb won on a nine-spot game with the Bulls-Eye feature on Jan. 3.
Club Keno began in May 2002. Players can win from $1 to $100,000 per $1 ticket per drawing. Players who use Bulls-Eye could win between $2 and $50 for matching just the Bulls-Eye number and as much as $300,000 by matching all 10 numbers, including the Bulls-Eye number, in a 10-spot $1 game. For more information about Club Keno and the Bulls-Eye feature, go to www.molottery.com.