New Gold Coast multi-millionaire keeping his feet on the ground

A last-minute change of numbers has landed a 68 year-old semi-retired Gold Coast businessman a $3.29 million Keno jackpot, which he calmly claimed on Wednesday after having “a feeling” that he was going to win it.

The cash prize is the biggest Keno jackpot to be won in Queensland since August 2009 when a part-time bank teller and her builder husband from Wynnum won $3.83 million cash prize at the Wynnum Manly Leagues Club.

The Hollywell father, who wishes to keep his identity private, bought a ticket at the Runaway Bay Tavern but left before checking his ticket and only checked it the following day while having lunch with a mate.


The winner explained that he had the feeling he was going to win the $3,298,753 cash prize as he went up to check his ticket, and had the same feeling the day before when he bought the ticket and decided he needed to change from his old numbers.

“I went out for lunch and took the ticket in thinking ‘I might get this’,” the winner explained.

“I was with a mate and I said to him ‘I’ve got to go and check my ticket because I expected to win that; I had a feeling about that’.

“I thought to myself, ‘It must have gone off yesterday because I bought a ticket yesterday afternoon, so I might be in with a chance’.

“I even thought about it when I bought the ticket. I tore up the old numbers and got new numbers.

“You wouldn’t believe it; it was me!”

The winner laughed as he recalled joking with the Keno operator to make sure that she gave him a winning ticket: “I said ‘concentrate on what you’re doing’. I said to her ‘is it a winner?’.”

The winner shouted his mate lunch and says he’s “got a couple of kids to help out” but had no other plans for the money at this stage, although he admitted, “I don’t think I need to work anymore”.

The winner chose a Keno Multi Quickpick ticket and played 10 $1 games of 10 combinations of numbers, giving him multiple entries of 10 different numbers in 10 separate games.

Keno Spokesperson Nick Quinn congratulated Keno’s biggest jackpot winner in seven years, saying everyone at Keno was ecstatic to see such a large jackpot go to a loyal Keno player.

“Keno loves to make millionaires and we’re rapt to see such a massive jackpot won in Queensland,” Quinn said.

“Every three minutes, Keno players have the chance to win cash prizes and just $1 can result in a million dollar win or much more, as you can see from our latest jackpot.”

Keno gives away around $28 million in prize money to Queensland players each month, and $62 million in total across the eastern seaboard.