75-year-old Ballina retiree wins $1.1million
A 75 year-old Ballina retiree became the second Keno millionaire in just four days after claiming a $1.1 million cash prize at the Ballina RSL Club today.
The winner was incredibly calm about his new millionaire status - only handing over the winning ticket today despite knowing he had won the whopping cash prize on Monday afternoon.
The win was the second 10-number jackpot in a row to be won at a New South Wales RSL club in less than a week. The first jackpot - a massive $5.57 million and the third biggest Australian Keno jackpot ever - went off at a north Sydney RSL club on Friday night.
The man, who wishes to keep his identity private, said he usually bought a Keno ticket three times a week, saying "it's the only thing that keeps me going".
"I was sitting in the club yesterday and a chap was there that I knew, and he saw the [Keno Display] screen flash up with the jackpot and said, I think we should check your ticket," the winner said.
"I said, 'don't worry about it, I'll check it at home'. When I went online and checked it, it was there."
The winner said he planned to go on an extended trip overseas with the money. "I'm going everywhere - Russia - everywhere," he said.
He said he also planned to give some money to his sons and to a charity that his wife supported.
The winner said he picked his own numbers which were 27, 28, 29, 30, 49, 50, 57, 58, 59 and 60.
Keno spokesperson Nick Quinn congratulated New South Wales's newest Keno millionaire for 2015, saying the team at Keno were thrilled that a regular player had won the major jackpot.
"It's great to hear that our winner loves to play Keno, and is someone who will really enjoy this cash prize" Quinn said.
"Keno is all about bringing people happiness and the chance to win - and that's just what it has done for our Ballina winner," he said.
Keno gives away around $35 million in prize money to New South Wales and Victorian players each month.