$10 ticket makes a millionaire
A BUNDABERG man has more than 2.35 million reasons to celebrate after a massive Keno win at the Isis Club on Saturday night.
The man, who does not wish to be identified, had bought a $10 Keno Kwikpick while he was "sitting down having a little bit of dinner" with his wife, daughter and son-in-law.
That $10 ticket turned into $2,350,294.
"We were just finishing tea and my daughter said to me 'I'll check your Keno ticket, dad'," he said.
"She put it in the machine and came back and said: 'There's something wrong with it, dad. It flashed up 'Congratulations, you've won' but it said that your ticket needs to be verified'. I sat down and said: 'That can't be right.' I didn't believe it."
The man, who is a member of the club, has no immediate plans on how to spend the money but his wife is already has visions of a boat cruise down Germany's Rhine River.
The man plans to retire from his job as a machine operator for Main Roads as soon as possible.
Isis Club manager Wayne Heidrich said the man was quite subdued after his win.
"His daughter was quite excited and did a victory lap of the hotel," he said.
"It was a bit of an unreal situation," he said.
Mr Heidrich said the club's Keno machines had only been online since April.
"We've never had anything so big - we've had a couple of other wins but they have only been about $2000," he said.
The manager said the winner was expected to visit the club to finalise the paperwork about the win at some stage today.
"We have a bottle of Moet champagne on ice for him when he comes," he said.
Mr Heidrich said he was pleased the win had gone to a club member who was also a regular visitor.
"He is just an average sort of bloke who also works hard," he said.
He said the staff member who sold the ticket was also "very excited" by the win.