August 30, 2005
Blue Eye Man Fulfills Parents' Dream After Winning $25,929 in Keno
The parents of a man from Blue Eye will be taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland and Scotland after their son Gary Melvin won $25,929 playing Club Keno. Gary Melvin, 41, won three times on the same Club Keno ticket he played Aug. 29 at Jim Owen’s Steakhouse, 1464 State Highway 248 in Branson.
Melvin said his parents, who live in Illinois, have always wanted to travel to the countries from where his mother’s family originated. He said he plans to use his winnings to pay for their trip. He said he might even go with them.
"I tried to get them to go before by paying for their trip, but they said they needed the money more," Melvin said. "They’re retired now, so I think I might just go ahead and make the travel arrangements for them."
Melvin, who works in sales at Big Cedar Lodge, matched seven numbers and the Bulls-Eye to win $25,004. On the same ticket he also played to match two numbers and three numbers to win an additional $925. He selected his winning numbers using birthdays. They were: 3, 10, 19, 20, 31, 64 and 65.
Players can win from $1 to $100,000 per $1 ticket per drawing in Club Keno. For an extra $1, players can chose the Bulls-Eye option and win between $5 and $50 for matching just the Bulls-Eye number. Players can win as much as $300,000 by matching all the numbers and the Bulls-Eye number in a 10-spot game. For more information about Club Keno and the Bulls-Eye feature, go to www.molottery.com.