Bartender Gets $17500 Tip

October 7, 2013 by  

Bartender Gets $17500 Tip, A “humble” Oregon bartender still can’t believe her luck after she won $17,500 on a Keno ticket given to her as a tip by one of her patrons.

Aurora Kephart, 25, who has been a bartender at Conway’s Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield for nearly four years, told that one of her regular customers gives her unplayed Keno tickets as tips.

“He lets me take whatever tickets I would want,” she said. “That’s a normal thing between us.”

The man, who Kephart said wishes to remain anonymous, told her to pick two tickets he had purchased on Oct 3.

When she checked his numbers, she found he hadn’t won. Then, she checked her first ticket to find she had won $5.

But when she checked the second, the whole bar learned she had won the big prize before she even saw the prize earnings on the bar’s screen.

“[When I saw,] I turned around and I automatically handed it right back to him,” she said. “He had me sign it so nobody could steal it. Then he said, ‘Now that you’ve signed it, you’re the only person who could cash it.'”

The next day, Kephart drove out to the Oregon Lottery office in Salem to reap her winnings. She then gave her good luck charm a percentage of the winnings, she said.

“I forced him to take it. I’m too humble for that,” Kephart said. “I absolutely just want to pay it forward. I don’t intend to keep all that money for myself.”

Other than donating some of her prize earnings to firefighters to benefit a muscular dystrophy charity, she said she hasn’t spent a dime.

“I have not bought anything, not shoes, not a T-shirt,” she said. “I have a couple of bills I’m going to pay off, but for the most part I’m just going to save it. I don’t want to blow money just because I came into money.”

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