A moment to remember


Debbie Rozzell, left, a bartender at Mike's Place celebrates with regular customer Tom Larsen, who true to his word split a winning lottery ticket,which turned out to be worth $28,000.Tom Larsen is a regular at Mike’s 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 didn’t 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.

“I’m 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 Mike’s seven years. “I never for a minute doubted it.”

“I bought myself a laptop already,” she said. “Other than that, it’s 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. “I’m happy.”

And he added, “Now I won’t have to tip her when I come here.”

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