First-Time Lottery KENO Winner Goes Car Shopping
Mallory Saunders of Waterford was looking for a new game to play. “I wanted to try something different,” Saunders told Lottery officials. In Saunders’ case, beginners luck may be real as she was delighted to claim a $10,000 KENO
prize on her very first play!
When asked how she felt about winning, Saunders laughed, “Debt free!” The retailer asked Saunders if she wanted to try KENO since she had never played before. “I used birthdays, asked a stranger to pick a number, he picked 53, and I asked the retailer owner to pick a number,” Saunders explained.
Saunders was in shock when she saw her winning numbers displayed on the KENO monitor. She even checked her numbers through the official CT Lottery Mobile app. “I said, ‘Did that really just happen?’ They grabbed a chair and told me to sit down. We [the retailer owner and Saunders] screamed together.” Saunders chuckled.
The first-time winner looks to use her winnings for different bills and expenses. “I’ll pay my rent till January and buy a new car,” Saunders said excitedly. Saunders told Lottery officials that she was going car shopping after leaving the CT Lottery headquarters in Rocky Hill.
Saunders won $5,000 for matching 8 out of 10 numbers on her $10 ticket in game #37583. Since the bonus multiplier was 2X, Saunders’ prize was automatically multiplied to $10,000.
Saunders’ winning ticket was sold at Veterans Convenience located on 528 Gold Star Highway in Groton.