Tradie pockets Queensland’s biggest ever Keno prize

A tradie in Queensland’s north has become an overnight millionaire, winning the state’s biggest ever Keno prize.

The man – aged in his 40s – scored the jackpot prize of more than $5.1 million late last night.

It’s the biggest Keno prize ever land in Queensland.


The winner then vowed no to show up to work on Monday or ever again, telling a Keno official his working days are over.

“I think I might retire now, thank you very much. I’m not going to work tomorrow.

“I’m feeling pretty good now, brother, I can tell you that.This is pretty big!And with State of Origin coming up, I reckon this win is a good omen for that too.

“I was watching the Keno screen and I counted the top couple of numbers, but I couldn’t see the bottom half.

“I normally walk out of the club with one ticket in my pocket so I can check it when I come back.I had one game left on this ticket, but as I was leaving I just thought I should check it.

“At first, they said ‘you’ve won more than $5,000’, and I thought ‘oh, that’s good’. Then I saw on the screen the jackpot had been won and I started to think ‘maybe it’s me?’

“When they told me the amount, I just couldn’t believe it. It hasn’t sunk in. I’m holding on tight to this ticket and I’m going to go home and I’ll be wrapping myself in cotton wool until I get the cheque!”

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his Keno Mega Millions 10 Spot winning entry at Magpies Sporting Club, Glenella Road, Mackay.