The mystery winner of an unclaimed $1 million Keno jackpot has been revealed as a 37 year-old carer from Upper Coomera.
Keno launched a search for the mystery winner on Monday after the major jackpot went unclaimed for two days.
“A Wattle Hotel patron who bought a Keno ticket on Saturday night doesn’t yet know they’re a millionaire, as a massive $1 million Keno jackpot remains unclaimed,” Keno said in a statement.
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And lucky they did, because it was the public search that reminded the woman to check her ticket!
“We were down for dinner and we came home to watch the NRL and forgot about it,” the woman said.
“My husband’s brother phoned him [yesterday] and told him that someone had won a jackpot at the Wattle.
“So, I went down tonight and I said ‘can you check this?’ It [the ticket] froze the machine.
“Then the staff member said, “yes, it’s the ticket!’”
The elated care giver and her 39 year-old concreter husband, who bought the ticket worth $1, 065,796 during a family night out, are now planning for a future they could never have imagined.
“We work hard to get by,” she revealed after discovering she was holding the winning ticket.
“It’s life changing. We’ll be able to buy a house and live comfortably, and not have to live week to week,” she said.
The woman also revealed the couple had been playing their special hand-picked numbers – 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 14, 24, 34, 35, and 39 for many years, and spent just $18 playing 18 $1 games.
“They’re the birthdays and ages of us and our children,” she said.
“We haven’t changed them: we’ve been playing them for quite a few years. Our youngest was one, she’s four now.”
The couple now plans to use their cash prize to change their lives for the better.
“We don’t own a house or anything,” she explained. “We’ll be buying a house and a big holiday to Europe for my hubby’s 40th birthday next year.”
Incredibly, the jackpot was the second in a run of weekend of Jackpots for Keno players across Queensland and New South Wales, with a record $8 million-plus given away between Friday night and Sunday morning.