Brunswick Heads woman wins $1.6 million on Keno
A BRUNSWICK Heads woman was home eating Chinese takeaway with her husband last Friday night when she received a phone call telling her she had won a $1.6 million Keno jackpot.
The 61-year-old woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought her Keno ticket just before leaving the Brunswick Heads Bowls Club to pick up takeaway.
"We stopped to get some Chinese food on the way home and not long after we got there the phone rang," she said.
"My husband called out and asked 'did you put your 10 numbers on?'. I said 'yes' and he said 'well you better talk to Sue' [from the Bowls Club]."
"Sue goes 'it might not be you but just give me your numbers and we'll see'."
"I didn't really want to [give them to her] because I'd been down that path before and I didn't want to get my hopes up."
"I couldn't believe it when she yelled out 'it is you!'."
The happy winner said she almost didn't take home the $1,639,198 jackpot, as she had come very close to changing her numbers.
"I thought 'I'm not doing very well with these numbers so I'm going to change them' and then I won $7, so I replayed them for 17 games," she said.
On Saturday, the winner was back at the club, calm and collected, watching her 63 year-old husband bowling as a brand new millionaire.
"I don't think it's hit me yet," the winner said. "My husband is just as calm as me," she said.
The woman said that the couple planned to retire soon and would move to the Gold Coast to be close to their daughter and grandchildren.
The hand-picked winning numbers were 11, 14, 25, 28, 31, 39, 49, 51, 59 and 71.
The jackpot is Keno's third million dollar plus cash prize to be given away this month.
It follows a $1.74 million jackpot won by a Queensland couple at the Maryborough Sports Club on 2 October and a $1.16 million jackpot won by a 42 year-old Bundaberg woman who was celebrating her birthday at Brothers Sports Club.
Keno spokesperson Nick Quinn congratulated the winning couple, saying that it was wonderful to hear the couple could now pursue their retirement dreams.
"Keno loves making millionaires, and we're thrilled to have three this month already," Quinn said.
"Keno is all about bringing a little happiness and the chance to win - and that's just what it has done for our winning couple," he said.
Keno gives away around $30 million in prize money to New South Wales players and $28 million to Queensland players each month.