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A player from New Market in Maryland, USA, is known as “Lucky Ernie” and he’s lived up to his name after winning a $12,510 Keno prize. Now he and his wife are heading to the Caribbean for a week-long cruise with all the trimmings.

The 46-year old Frederick County resident hasn’t given his full name, just like ‘Beetle Bug’ who’s also from Maryland and won a $50,000 top prize playing the Power 5s game. The lucky Keno player had been to Virginia, USA, where he had been visiting his mother. On his way back home, he headed to the Blue Sky Bar & Grill Bar in New Market for his weekly meetup with friends. All of them buy Keno tickets while also having a beer or two and now they really have something to celebrate.

Ernie loves playing Keno and decided to buy a 7-spot, five-game ticket hoping that his numbers would come up and win him a big prize. He watched the numbers come up and couldn’t believe what was happening, as he recalls. “I’m watching the game and I see that I have the five numbers currently on the screen. As the numbers continue to appear, they also match my numbers I picked. By the end, I saw I won.”

It’s the latest big win in the State after a 59-year-old won $1m on a Win Big scratch card. Also celebrating in Maryland was a mother-of-three who scooped $10,000 playing the Big $10 Ticket scratch card.

The lucky Keno winner tried to contain his excitement, but it was almost an impossible task, just like Jason Debattista, from Brampton in Canada, who was shocked when winning a $35m Lotto Max jackpot.

He phoned his wife to tell her the great news and then headed to lottery headquarters as soon as possible because he already had plans for his Keno winnings.

“Lucky Ernie” and his wife already have a week-long Caribbean Cruise lined up and their Keno winnings will “make the payments so much easier,” he said. The Caribbean is a popular destination for lottery wines. The recent €38.9m EuroMillions jackpot winners from Dublin in Ireland, said they wanted to go to the Bahamas.

The Blue Sky Bar & Grill located at 10519 Old National Pike in New Market will receive a $125 bonus from the Lottery for selling a winning Keno ticket of $10,000 or more.

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