A Brisbane mum is thanking her “special” set of numbers, consisting of family birthdates and birth years, for making her a newly minted Keno multi-millionaire after winning a $2 million jackpot at Lawnton Tavern on 8 November.
Lawnton Tavern manager Courtney McCarthy said they were celebrating having one of their patrons score a major Keno prize.
“Seeing one of our patrons win big with Keno is always fantastic and generates such a positive atmosphere in our venue that everyone feels like they’ve shared in the win too,” she said.
“As you can imagine, Keno wins like this become a talking point here for a long time to come.
“Our venue is no stranger to Keno wins, but we’re always excited to see another one come our way.
“We wish our winner the very best with their prize!”
Speaking to an official from Keno moments after her win, the ecstatic winner revealed how she discovered she was suddenly a multi-millionaire.
“I can’t quite believe it! It hasn’t sunk in, but I’m feeling pretty good,” she laughed.
“I like to put a game of Keno on when I’m at the tavern, but I didn’t see the draw, so at first, I didn’t know I’d won.
“A friend came out and said to me, ‘Two million dollars just went off here. You should check your tickets.’.
“I handed my ticket over to the lady at the counter, and the winner was me!
“I’ve been playing this special set of numbers for more than a decade. They’re family birthday numbers, birth years… numbers like that.
“They’ve really paid off for me this time!”
While still coming to terms with her win, the latest Keno multi-millionaire shared some initial plans for her prize.
“I’ll keep working, but we’ll have a nice nest egg,” she said.
“We’ll certainly pay off the house and I might be buying myself a new car!
“It still hasn’t fully set in but tonight my family will come around to celebrate and I’m sure it will start to sink in then.”
The Queenslander’s winning entry was purchased at Lawnton Tavern, 820 Gympie Road, Lawnton.
In FY22, Keno players across the eastern states of mainland Australia celebrated more than 62.2 million wins collectively worth more than $896.7 million.
During this time, Keno crowned 19 millionaires and multi-millionaires who collectively took home more than $30.7 million. Eleven of these major winners were Queenslanders, including a Roma man who walked away with $1.96 million after a night out in Blackall.
Queenslanders enjoyed more than 17.8 million Keno wins totalling more than $271.5 million at pubs and clubs across the state in the 12 months to 30 June 2022.
Keno players can also enter the monthly second chance draw for the chance to win one of five $1,000 prizes by scanning their ticket at win.secondchance.keno.com.au