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Prince Charles to represent the Queen and open 2018 Commonwealth Games

THE Queen will not be attending the Gold Coast for next year’s Commonwealth Games, it has been confirmed.

Buckingham Palace released a statement a short time ago, confirming that Prince Charles will instead represent Her Majesty and officially open the games.

“Her Majesty The Queen has asked HRH The Prince of Wales to represent her at the opening of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Australia,” the statement read.

“As Her Majesty’s representative, His Royal Highness will open the Games and read out The Queen’s customary message, calling on athletes to come together in the spirit of friendly competition.”

It’s not the first time the Prince of Wales has represented the Queen at the Games – the Prince opened the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Dheli.

It’ll be the seventh time His Royal Highness has attended the Games.

Additionally, the Palace confirmed His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex will also attend the Games in his capacity as Vice Patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

The Games will take place on the Gold Coast from 4th-15th April next year, with athletes from 70 nations taking part.

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QLD’s Electric Super Highway from the Gold Coast to Cairns

From the Gold Coast to Cairns: The future of motoring in Queensland will be electric with the launch, today, of the Queensland Electric Super Highway – the world’s longest in one state.

The super highway will be a series of fast-charging electric vehicle stations along the state’s coast to encourage more Queenslanders to change to an electric vehicle.

Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles said: “The project is ambitious, but we want as many people as possible on board to electric vehicle revolution, as part of our transition to a low emissions future.

“Today I’m announcing the first 18 towns and cities that make up phase one of the Electric Super Highway and will, once operational in the next six months, make it possible to drive an electric vehicle from the state’s southern border to the Far North.

“They will be available for use at no cost for the initial phase of the super highway so we can encourage as many people as possible to start using them,” said Mr Miles.

*The locations of the fast-charging stations: Coolangatta, Helensvale, Cairns, Tully, Townsville, Bowen, Mackay, Carmila, Marlborough, Rockhampton, Miriam Vale, Childers, Maryborough, Cooroy, Brisbane, Springfield, Gatton and Toowoomba.

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Tourist claims Gold Coast’s second million dollar keno jackpot in two days

A 69-YEAR-OLD retiree from Newcastle has been identified as the Gold Coast’s mystery million dollar Keno winner.

The grandfather-of-four bought the $10 ticket at Club Southport on Tuesday afternoon but left the venue before checking his ticket, which is worth a staggering $1,084,402.

It wasn’t until the man stopped into the Surfers Paradise RSL Club for a drink with his wife and checked his ticket on Wednesday that he realised he’d won.

“You’ve made my day; you’ve made my life,” the grandfather of four said moments after presenting the ticket.

“When I gave her my ticket, the lady said ‘it’s frozen’, I thought ‘what’s going on here?’. You always hope to win but you just don’t expect it.”

The Townsville-born man said he has been playing Keno for “many years” and plays the Play 10 jackpot with his own random numbers.

“I just scrawl all over the card with my pencil,” he said.

His winning numbers were 5, 23, 27, 29, 33, 43, 47, 63, and 69.

It’s not the first time that he has won either, having taken home multiple wins with a combined value of $24,000.

The man says he plans to share his new wealth with his family.

“It won’t change me at all,” he said. “I just might be able to help my daughter out and give a bit to the grandkids.”

The major win comes just days after a 37-year-old carer from Upper Coomera won over $1 million at the Wattle Hotel in Coomera and is the fourth in a run of major Jackpots across Queensland and New South Wales in just four days.

Keno spokesperson David Dicker said the Keno team were ecstatic to have two $1 million jackpots won on the Gold Coast on the 20th anniversary of Keno in Queensland.

“The celebrations just keep on going: first our Wattle Hotel millionaires and now our Club Southport winners,” Dicker said.

“We really couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate two decades of Keno in the Sunshine State.

“We are, once again, just so delighted that Keno has brought so much happiness to our winners.

“Keno loves to make millionaires and, if you’re playing Keno in the Sunshine State, you have the chance to become a millionaire every three minutes. Just $1 can win a million dollars or more.”

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Keno in Queensland. It was first played in pubs and clubs across the state in 1997, with the Star Casino on the Gold Coast the first venue to offer the game.


Gold Coast man arrested over major ‘Cold Call Investment Fraud’ syndicate

A former Gold Coast man has been charged with a string of offences relating to his alleged involvement in a major ‘Cold Call Investment Fraud’ syndicate that was operating on the Gold Coast.

The 74-year-old was arrested on Tuesday morning after detectives raided a Clayfield home and the office of a Gold Coast law firm.

Police allege the man obtained about $950,000 during the enterprise, with majority of the money spent on a 70-foot luxury motor yacht.

“We allege the victim’s money was fraudulently appropriated by the defendant including to fund the $750,000 purchase of the vessel”, Detective Senior Sergeant Jason Gough, Organised Crime Gangs Group said.

A BMW convertible was also seized during this morning’s arrest.

Five other people have previously been charged in connection with the syndicate, which allegedly scammed Australians out of an estimated $3 million.

The man is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court later today on fraud, money laundering and perjury-related charges.


Gold Coast tradie says ‘no more overtime’ after Gold Lotto win!

A hardworking Gold Coast tradie has declared he won’t be working overtime or on weekends anymore after winning division one in Saturday’s Gold Lotto draw.

The Runaway Bay man was one of 13 division one winners nationally who each took home a prize of $329,266.60.

The man’s System 8 marked entry also saw him win other divisional prizes, taking his total windfall to a whopping $340,784.65!

The win continues the Gold Coast’s amazing winning streak, with it being the fifteenth division one win for the region so far this year.

“It’s unbelievable!  Friggin’ unreal!” the man exclaimed when his win was confirmed.

“I know it’s real but I just don’t know what to think!

“I work pretty hard so it’s very welcomed. I won’t be working weekends anymore – I know that.  I won’t be working any overtime at all ever again!”

The happy man explained that while he marked his winning System 8 entry, he didn’t use special numbers and was “just winging it when I did it”.

He realised he had won yesterday while checking his ticket at home, and has already decided how he is going to spend his Gold Lotto windfall.

“I’m going to buy a boat that’s for sure!” he laughed.

“Then I’m probably going to have to buy a house – that would be the smart thing to do!”

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his System 8 marked entry from Broadbeach Oasis News at the Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach.