Kallangur man's $8 million Keno win

Published 11:47am 4 August 2023

Kallangur man's $8 million Keno win
Words by Nick Crockford

A Kallangur man’s unique way of playing Keno has won two major jackpots worth more than $8 million in a single draw.

In a possible Australian first, the man held a Keno Classic 10 Spot winning entry and a Keno Mega Millions 10 Spot winning entry, bought at Norths Leagues and Services Club, on Anzac Ave, Kallangur, in yesterday’s draw 7.

Lightning struck twice with his Keno Classic 10 Spot entry scoring $1,720,431.50, while the Keno Mega Millions 10 Spot entry won $6,730,470.50.

The Kallangur man's total windfall was $8,450,902.

While Keno Classic and Keno Mega Millions are separate games with separate jackpots, the winning numbers are generated from the same draw.

By playing his special set of numbers in both games in the same draw, he won both jackpots simultaneously.

“It’s been hectic!” the winning man said when an official from Keno spoke to him after his double win.

“It’s unreal at this stage. It’s still got to sink in!

“People have often asked ‘why do you take the same numbers in two different games?’, but I’ve always done that.

“Everyone thought I was crazy for playing the same numbers in both games. Well, they didn’t win $8 million!

“I’ve played these numbers for I don’t know how long. It’s our birthdays, children’s birthdays, our retirement ages – numbers like that.

“If they’re your lucky numbers, why don’t you play them in both draws? If you’re going to win it, you’re going to win it. When your numbers come up, they come up.

“I was happily enjoying myself at the club, when someone said, ‘Oh, the Keno jackpot’s gone off here’.

Then he said, ‘hang on a minute, the Keno Classic and Keno Mega Millions jackpots have gone off here!’.

“My wife was a few seats away and she said, ‘did you get a ticket?’.

“The moment I heard both the jackpots had gone off, I thought, ‘sh**! That could be me!’.\

“How many other people would take the same numbers in both games? The chances of that would be slim.

“I went to check my ticket and the rest is history.

“I’ve had a drink to celebrate and calm my nerves.

“This will really help us enjoy retirement and I’ll definitely be sharing it with my children and family.”

The Queenslander’s winning entries were bought at Norths Leagues and Services Club, 1347 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur.

In 2022, Keno players across the eastern states of mainland Australia celebrated more than 76.25 million wins collectively worth more than $1 billion.

During this time, Keno crowned 21 millionaires and multi-millionaires who collectively took home more than $51.5 million. Ten of these major winners were Queenslanders, including a Rockhampton man who walked away with a $6.1 million prize.

Queenslanders enjoyed more than 24.9 million Keno wins totalling more than $350.7 million at pubs and clubs across the state in 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

Share

Related Stories

Popular Stories

Deception Bay student’s trip of a lifetime
News / Local

Deception Bay student’s trip of a lifetime

From a visit to the world’s largest sand island to watching major sports matches, Deception Bay State High School student Sophia Sidney has taken the trip of a lifetime with University of the Sunshine Coast. See the videos..

Brenden's pride at top Paris honour
News / Local

Brenden's pride at top Paris honour

Brenden Hall - who grew-up and trained in Moreton Bay - is “over the bloody moon” at being named one of Australia’s two flag bearers at the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Leena to add some jazz and pizazz to festival
News / Local

Leena to add some jazz and pizazz to festival

Seasoned vocalist Leena Salim will perform some of her favourite jazz and Motown hits when she takes to the stage with her jazz duo at this year’s Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival. Find out what's on her setlist here