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Oregon bartender gets $17,500 tip

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 11:17 a.m. HST, Oct 05, 2013


SPRINGFIELD, Ore. » An Oregon bartender just got the tip of a lifetime.

One of Aurora Kephart's regulars at Conway's Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield often tips her with Keno tickets from the Oregon Lottery. On Tuesday evening, the man who wishes to remain anonymous asked Kephart to choose two.

When she checked the numbers, Kephart's first ticket won $5. The second turned into a $17,500 gratuity.

"The look on his face was incredible," Kephart, 25, told The Register-Guard newspaper. "I automatically handed it back to him; it was his ticket."

But the man wouldn't take the ticket and made Kephart sign it so she would be the only one able to collect the prize.

Kephart said 80 percent of her customers are regulars, and they were excited for her.

"The reaction was crazy," Kephart said. "Everyone was so amped up."

With the bar busy, Kephart went right back to work, her brain "scrambled" by the big tip. The next day, she claimed her prize at the Oregon Lottery office in Salem.

Kephart said she gave the man a percentage of her winnings. "I just couldn't not give him some of it," she said.

Kephart said she plans to buy a new couch with her share and save the rest. Those modest plans earned her teasing from the bar's regulars, but she had been looking for a couch before going to work Tuesday and was scared off by the prices.

"I never realized how expensive couches were," she said. "Instead of waiting till Christmas or later, now I can buy something I really need."







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Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
Coolness!
on October 5,2013 | 11:53AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
A great change of pace from all the depressing news that we have been getting lately.
on October 5,2013 | 10:12PM
serious wrote:
Too bad Hawaii doesn't have a lottery~~
on October 6,2013 | 04:45AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The nice weather and hospitable people in Hawaii has the same effect as a lottery in good health.
on October 6,2013 | 06:56AM
mikethenovice wrote:
I hope she stays at the place of employment. A lottery winner should keep their routine in life otherwise the money will control him or her. Too many other lottery winners have a short spending spree before returning to the before winning status. Don't go on a wild spending spree until you meet with a financial advisor such as Suzie Orman.
on October 6,2013 | 06:54AM
Tony96822 wrote:
Buy a couch on Craigslist. The best for less.
on October 6,2013 | 06:55AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
BED BUGS.
on October 7,2013 | 12:26PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Lottery are for states in deep dire debt trouble. Hawaii is way too healthy for that.
on October 6,2013 | 06:57AM
copperwire9 wrote:
I just LOVE it when I can agree with you Mike! Happy Sunday.
on October 6,2013 | 09:01AM
paniolo wrote:
Healthy schools, healthy roads, healthy social services, healthy UH system...what else?
on October 6,2013 | 09:03AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Best part is what she used the money for, to buy a couch. Classic. Awesome. Well-done tipper dude.
on October 7,2013 | 12:26PM
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