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.
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“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.