SCOTTSBLUFF — Harry Meister had been playing the same eight keno numbers for the past year before they finally all lit up on the keno board Wednesday at Lucky Keno.
Just like that, $2 turned into $50,000 — the grand prize.
Meister leaned over and told his wife. She let out a whoop. And then he picked up everyone’s tab.
Patricia Bloyd, the keno manager at Lucky Keno, said Meister was the first grand prize winner there since 1999.
Meister said he’s been playing keno for more than 10 years.
“It’s exciting when that eighth number pops up when you’ve never gotten more than seven,” he said.
Friends wondered why he didn’t play $1 instead of $2 each time. Meister said he planned on getting all the numbers one day, and if he won, it would make a $25,000 difference.