Grandma wins $1.2m in Keno with $2 ticket at M'boro RSL
AN 85-YEAR-old Maryborough pensioner has won a $1.19 million Keno jackpot while enjoying one of her weekly meals with her 'family' at the Maryborough and District RSL and Citizens Club.
The winner, who wishes to keep her identity private, correctly picked 10 out 10 numbers on Saturday night, winning $1,196,931.
The woman was about to board the club courtesy van and head home when she was approached by a staff member who suspected she was holding the winning ticket.
"I was broke and in a trip to the toilet I was a millionaire," the winner joked.
"Just before I left he (one of the staff) said have you got a 10-number ticket?' and I said 'yes', and he said, 'I think you've won a big one'," she said.
"They reckon I went white with fright.
"The first thing I thought was 'what am I going to do? I'm not going to get the pension anymore'. How ridiculous.
"It's going to change my life."
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The pensioner, who has three "great kids and four great grandchildren", is blind in one eye and uses a wheelie walker for mobility, but isn't ruling out travelling around Australia with her new fortune.
The woman said she could scarcely believe the win was real and had even more trouble convincing her daughter.
"When I told her I don't think she believed me," she said.
"When the reality hit, I didn't have the ticket to show her because I'd given it to the staff for safe keeping.
"Then we cried and we laughed, we cried and we laughed.
"And she said to me 'what a tale to tell the grandchildren'."
The winner spent just $2 on the winning ticket, which was a Kwikpik with randomly selected numbers.
The winning numbers were 5, 6, 22, 23, 36, 37, 56, 74, 75 and 77.
Keno spokesman Nick Quinn congratulated the winner, saying everyone at Keno was excited to hear that Queensland's fifth millionaire for 2015 was going to enjoy her win so much.
"We love to make millionaires and we love to hear stories like this one," Mr Quinn said.
"As our winner pointed out, Keno can change your life, no matter what stage of life you are at."