2006-05-22 18:13:24.733

Forsyth Man Wins $25,037 Keno Prize

Story Photo An insurance adjuster from Forsyth, who recently returned from the hurricane-ravaged areas of New Orleans and Florida, won a welcome home present of $25,037 playing the Missouri Lottery’s Club Keno game on May 18 at John’s Frosted Mug, 15861 Highway 160 in Forsyth. Ronald Hawkins, 56, said he just returned from working seven months in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Wilma, and he and his wife, Yvonne, were enjoying an evening out when he won the big prize. Hawkins, who used the game’s Bulls-Eye feature, matched nine of the 10 numbers in one of the draws to win $25,000. He also won an additional $37 on another Club Keno game. "They were new numbers that I picked out of the blue," Hawkins said about his winning ticket. "I was watching my other ticket when the numbers were drawn, and then I checked my second ticket. My wife checked it again, and then we ran it through the Lottery machine to check it again. We couldn’t believe it." Hawkins said he and Yvonne plan to use their winnings to help out their kids and have some work done on his mother’s house. Club Keno began in May 2002. Players can win from $1 to $100,000 per $1 ticket per drawing. 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.

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