A Missouri Lottery millionaire was back at Lottery offices to claim another, albeit less, major prize. Previously, Daniel “Dan” Flanagan correctly matched all five numbers drawn in the April 12, 2013, Mega Millions drawing, to win him a $1 million prize. On Aug. 31 this year, Flanagan matched eight numbers and both Bulls-Eye numbers on a 9-spot Double Bulls-Eye Club Keno wager, resulting in a $40,000 prize.
“I wasn’t working the next day and just got a wild hair to go to a bar,” said Flanagan, who purchased his winning ticket from Pints and Rails, 8924 Watson Road, in St. Louis.
“It was pretty late when I got there, and there were only two people there. I go there every so often, and I asked if they were closing. They said, ‘No, Dan, come on in and play some Keno. We’ll just shoot some more pool.’”
A lover of all Missouri Lottery products, Flanagan said he enjoys playing Club Keno because of its immediacy and that he’s played the same Club Keno numbers his wife picked out eight years ago: 6, 17, 18, 26, 35, 41, 52, 66 and 71.
“That’s my thrill: looking at the numbers as they come in on the screen. I was watching as they were coming in, and I thought, ‘Jiminy Christmas, that’s eight or nine of my numbers,’” recalled the two-time winner.
Initially thinking he had won $4,000, Flanagan was excited when the bartender told him he had won a $40,000 prize.
“I closed the bar down after that,” he said.
While claiming his prize on Sept. 1, Flanagan said that his wife was able to retire after he won his $1 million prize in 2013. Flanagan, who works at a funeral home, decided that he would continue working because he loves his job so much, adding that he could work until he was 70 years old if he wanted. Flanagan plans to keep the $40,000 prize a secret from his wife until he has his check in hand, but he thinks the couple will dedicate the prize towards some home renovations, including a new driveway.
To play Club Keno, players can choose how many different numbers (also called “spots”) they want to play from 1 to 10. Twenty numbers from a field of one to 80 are chosen in a computerized random Club Keno drawing held every four minutes. To learn more about Club Keno or any of the Missouri Lottery games, visit MOLottery.com.