John Foster, acting manager and president of the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club. The club sold a $ 1.6 million Keno ticket.
John Foster, acting manager and president of the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club. The club sold a $ 1.6 million Keno ticket. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Million-dollar win "couldn't have gone a to nicer person"

THE president of Brunswick Heads Bowling Club said a $1.639 million Keno jackpot won at the club couldn't have gone to a nicer person.

A 61-year-old Brunswick Heads woman pocketed the winnings last Friday night.

While overseas jaunts and fancy rides may be irresistible for some instant millionaires, the woman, who wants to remain anonymous, was in no hurry to blow her winnings.

Less than 24 hours after 10 numbers changed her life, the woman was back at the club watching her 63-year-old husband having a few roll-ups on the green.

John Foster, who is also the club's acting manager, is friends with the woman and said the win couldn't have happened to a nicer person.

What could you get with $1.6 million?

  • Buy a swish apartment in ritzy North Sydney - $1,050,000
  • Hire out Sir Richard Branson's home in the British Virgin Islands for a week - $381,500
  • Rocket from 0-100km/h in three seconds in a 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale - $339,900
  • Study a three-year undergraduate degree at Harvard University - $131,814
  • Splurge on antique 6.30ct diamond earrings - $120,000

"It was wonderful when we heard the news and we started looking for the winner right away," he said.

"It took a while of elimination of the different players playing 10 games (of bowls).

"We did find her, but originally she wasn't going to come back - well, for about 30 seconds.

"That was because we've had jackpots like $15,000 before. She's come back and it hasn't been her ticket."

At last the woman's lucky day had arrived.

"It couldn't have gone to a nicer winner or someone so deserving," Mr Foster said.

"She was ecstatic about the win, but she was in again the next day.

"We hope we sell something like this every day, but it's something that's rare."

On Thursday, while enjoying a game of bowls, the woman said: "I don't think it's hit me yet. My husband is just as calm as me."

She said they planned to retire soon and would move to the Gold Coast to be close to their daughter and grandchildren.

Mr Foster said the buzz of excitement in the club when the jackpot was announced was electric.

"There was a fair bit of paperwork to do, but apart from that, it was great," he joked.

Mr Foster hoped the win would bolster business at the Brunswick Heads establishment and he encouraged punters to "come and try your luck at the lucky bowling club".



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