A moment to remember
Tom Larsen is a regular at Mikes Place on Northwest First Avenue.
He likes to stop in, have his coffee, maybe a snack, and read the paper.
Sometimes he and another customer play Keno. They did Thursday. Larsen won $2.
Put it on the Lucky Liner game for him, Larsen told bartender Debbie Rozzell. Put both their names on it and they would split it.
Larsen had never played Lucky Liner.
I didnt know how much it was for, he said. He figured they might win maybe $2, no more than $20.
On Friday morning, I saw the winning jackpot sold here in Canby, Rozzell said. I called Tom and told him.
When Larsen arrived, they ran their numbers. The ticket had won a $28,000 jackpot.
He was pretty calm about the whole thing, she said. I was shaking like crazy.
The ticket was a winner and so was Larsen. He split the jackpot with her.
Im a man of my word, so we took care of it, he said.
Did she think Larsen was serious Thursday when he said they would split the winnings.
Yes, I did, said Rozzell, who has worked at Mikes seven years. I never for a minute doubted it.
I bought myself a laptop already, she said. Other than that, its sitting in the bank.
Late this summer, she would like to take her fiancé and her 17-year-old daughter on a vacation, she said. She had Lake Shasta in mind.
His share was going in the bank, Larsen said.
They both ended up with more money than they would have had, he said. Im happy.
And he added, Now I wont have to tip her when I come here.