Sew lucky: Oregon woman wins $126K Keno jackpot with money earned making masks

Sew lucky: Oregon woman wins $126K Keno jackpot with money earned making masks
Lorna Hewitt hit it big in the Oregon Lottery, winning a Keno 8-spot game to cash a check for more than $126,000. (Oregon Lottery)

SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon woman decided to sew some face coverings for her fellow employees. When they gave her money for them, she decided to play a Keno-8 spot ticket.

Lorna Hewitt has never been so lucky. She won $126,784.70 in the Oregon Lottery game and claimed her prize Tuesday, lottery officials said in a news release.

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The winnings came at a good time for Hewitt, who was working part time at a grocery store in Sisters after being laid off from her job as a waitress because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I don’t play a lot, but thought I was doing something to help, maybe I would win,” Hewitt, of Sisters, told lottery officials.

After taking a job at the grocery store, Hewitt said she got the idea to make masks. Her coworkers liked the idea.

“They liked them so much, they started giving me some money for them,” Hewitt said. “So, I started selling them, because my boss couldn’t order any more, there was a shortage.”

So, she made the masks and then made a small investment in the Keno 8-spot game. But when she won, Hewitt said she felt a little guilty.

“I was making the masks with fabric I already had, and I just happen to get in at a good time,” Hewitt told lottery officials.

After claiming her cash prize, Hewitt went to a fabric store in Salem to buy supplies for more masks.

“My masks are popular, and I want to keep making them – and maybe some other things,” Hewitt said.