Aurora Kephart, a 25-year-old waitress and bartender from Springfield, Oregon, says one of the regulars at Conway's Restaurant and Lounge regularly hands her unplayed Keno tickets as a tip.
When Kephart picked two tickets out of the man's stack last Thursday, she didn't expect them to make up for their cash value, and was content to discover that one of them was worth $5.
But she was even more content to discover that the other one was worth $17,500.
But the unidentified patron wouldn't hear of it. "
He had me sign it so nobody could steal it," she recalled. "Then he said, 'Now that you've signed it, you're the only person who could cash it.'"
After cashing it the following day, she went back to the bar and insisted the man accept some of the money.
The rest of the money is earmarked for charity, bills, a rainy day, and a couch, which Kephart said she was recently close to purchasing before being scared off by the price.