Thanks Keno, a million times ... grandmother wins big

THE champagne was on the house at the Tewantin Noosa RSL on Friday for the lucky winner of a $1.1 million keno jackpot won at the club the night before.

The Tewantin grandmother, who declined to be identified for security reasons, has been playing Keno at the RSL up to three times a week and she has stuck faithfully to her regular numbers, a combination of family birthdays and special numbers given to her by an uncle.

On Thursday night that loyalty to her numbers brought her $1,128,271 on the spot.

"I WAS there watching when they came up. I yelled out 'I've got 10'," she said.

And this was not her first Keno win at the RSL.

A few months ago she won $10,000 and was more than pleased with that amount. 

Now she is trying to get her head around the size of Thursday night's win.

"I am not going to spend any of it," she said between champagne sips.

"I am going to put it in the bank and sit and look at it."

Although she was delighted with the win and revelling in the congratulations of club members as they stopped by her table, she was not overly excited.

"I was disappointed I didn't go on to win the member's draw of $1000 after the Keno jackpot," she laughed.

Thursday night's win was the third million-plus Keno jackpot to be won in Queensland in just 11 days - making a new Keno record for Queensland.

The other two 10-number jackpots were also won in regional areas - Townsville and Nebo, west of Mackay.

"Keno loves to make millionaires, and we're rapt to see three massive jackpots won in such a short space of time and by such deserving winners," Nick Quinn, Keno spokesperson, said.

"Every three minutes, Keno players have the chance to win cash prizes, and just $1 can win $1 million or more, and our latest winners are proof of just how true this is. 

"Keno gives away around $28 million in prizemoney to Queensland players each month, and $62 million in total across the eastern seaboard." he said.  

Although the lucky Tewantin winner says she has no plans to spend her million dollars, her children are encouraging her to take a cruise and attend to repairs around her house. 

"But I might buy some shoes," she joked. 

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