Three friends from North Queensland have a weekly tradition that has made them $5.9 million richer. The Queensland trio get together weekly for a few drinks and a game of Keno. Continuing this tradition has made them $5,918,503.50 richer as they literally hit the jackpot.
The massive win happened on November 15th but the winners did not immediately come forward. Cairns at Cazalys, a sports bar on Mulgrave Road was where the ticket was purchased. Officials from Keno urged people to check their Keno Mega Millions 10 Spot tickets.
Matt Hart, a Keno spokesperson, said, “If you had an entry into last night’s Keno draws, you’re in with a chance and it’s worth checking your ticket today. You could be the mystery 10 Spot winner we’re looking for. Just imagine how your plans for the rest of the weekend and the rest of your life might change with more than $5.9 million coming into your bank account.”
All three friends has chosen to remain anonymous but claimed their prize on November 16th. They revealed they were unaware they had won until word spread of a new mystery Keno millionaire.
“It’s me and two other mates. Every Friday, we head to Cazalys after work and play a game of Keno. Normally we get a Kwikpik but this time I just picked the numbers myself. We even joked about it at the time. They were just totally random numbers, nothing special.”
Keno Mega Millions 10 Spot sees player pick 10 numbers from a possible 80. Prizes are awarded for matching four or more numbers. Matching four pays $2, with $4 awarded for matching five. The prize money increases to $7 for six numbers before rising to $50 for seven numbers. Things start getting interesting with eight matched number as $600 is paid. Anyone matching of their 10 chosen numbers banks $11,000. A jackpot of at least $5 million is given to anyone matching all 10 numbers.
It could have been a completely different story because it was so easy for the ticket to be discarded. One of the friends revealed another friend left the ticket in his pocket and thought nothing more of it. They then heard the jackpot had been won and checked the ticket.
“I got a message from one of my mates saying someone had won the jackpot at Cazalys. I thought, ‘You’re kidding me, you’re kidding me. After checking the ticket, he said, “I couldn’t think straight after that – unbelievable, it’s life-changing.”
Ironically, during the night of their massive win, the trio were discussing plans for their retirement. All three were worried they would never have enough money to retire comfortably. That has now, obviously, change.
None of the three friends plans to give up work just yet despite becoming millionaires overnight. They are, however, cutting their hours down so they can spend more time at the golf course.
“The best thing is being able to share this win with my friends. We’ve been good friends for years. Family and mates, that’s all that matters in life.”
There are two ways to play Keno. $1 can win $1 million in Classic Keno with $5 million up for grabs for only $2 in the Keno Mega Millions. Both games use the same draw so it is easy to keep track of. Players choose 10 numbers in the Keno Mega Millions game and matching al 10 hits the jackpot. There is a $300,000 jackpot for anyone choosing nine numbers and matching them all. A $75,000 jackpot for choosing and matching eight numbers. Finally, there is a $12,000 jackpot for matching all seven numbers chosen.
Keno is popular in live and online casinos and is the game of choice for many Australians. A 10 spot ticket is the most common game, but 20 spot tickets are also available. The probability of matching all 20 numbers on a 20 spot Keno card is almost impossible, however. That probability is 1 in 3,535,316,142,212,174,320!