2009-09-21 15:53:47.213

Washington Woman Picks Winning Keno Numbers

Story Photo audio icon A Washington woman said she has a system for choosing her Missouri Lottery Club Keno numbers. 
Crystal Collins, 37, either goes with the numbers that pop into her head the day she decides to play or a combination of those numbers and the ones that friends and co-workers suggest.  This method worked well for the first-time Lottery winner, as she matched all but one Club Keno number to win a $2,510 prize.

Yet, according to Collins, the win was bitter sweet.

"I was holding my breath," she began.  "I was one number off from $72,000.  It was a mix of emotions.  It was the whole, ’Oh my God, I could’ve just won $72,000,’ but then the reality of actually winning $2,510 started setting in."

It was a long weekend for the public relations director who won the prize on Friday, Sept. 18, after Lottery offices had closed. 

"I couldn’t wait until Monday to claim," she added.  "I put it (ticket) in a safe-keeping spot all weekend, and checked it over and over again."

Collins said that if she had won the $72,000 prize, she would have immediately gone to a store and purchased a safe to place the ticket in until she was able to claim her prize.

As for the prize money she did win, "it’s going towards bills."
Collins bought the winning ticket at Town ’n Country Lanes, 603 Alberta Lane in Washington. 

To play Club Keno, players choose how many different numbers (also called "spots") they want to play from 1 to 10.  Twenty numbers from a field of 1-80 are chosen in a computerized random Club Keno drawing held every five minutes. 

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