An Oregon bartender got a huge surprise when one of the lottery tickets that she usually is given as a tip by one of her regulars, was worth more than what she’s used to getting, hit the jump to find out how much!

Adriela Batista

Aurora Kephart a bartender at Conway’s Restaurant and Lounge received a big surprise Tuesday evening, as she took her usual tip from a regular customer, who choses to pay her in the form of Keno, Oregon lottery tickets! The employee played the lottery tickets by picking random numbers and matching them to their worth when finished. As the employee uncovered the amount under the number’s she had chosen she won a whopping $5 bucks! The second ticket on the other hand, was a little more hefty in earnings………. a whole 17,500 heavier!

“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 states that most of her customers are regulars, about 80% and they were very excited after hearing about her big win!

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

The bartender stated that she could not cash the ticket without giving the customer a percentage from the ticket, “I just couldn’t not give him some of it,” she said. But now that she does have a nice chunk of change, her first purchase will be a big one! you’ll never a guess.. a brand, new… couch!!

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