A Queensland tradie has won $5.1 million whist playing Keno and done exactly what you’d expect.
“I think I might retire now, thank you very much. I’m not going to work tomorrow.” he laughed.
The middle-aged tradie had the big win at the Magpies Sporting Club in Mackay over the weekend, and had plenty to say to Keno officials:
“I’m feeling pretty good now, brother, I can tell you that.This is pretty big! And with State of Origin coming up, I reckon this win is a good omen for that too.
“I was watching the Keno screen and I counted the top couple of numbers, but I couldn’t see the bottom half.
“I normally walk out of the club with one ticket in my pocket so I can check it when I come back. I had one game left on this ticket, but as I was leaving I just thought I should check it.
“At first, they said ‘you’ve won more than $5,000’, and I thought ‘oh, that’s good’. Then I saw on the screen the jackpot had been won and I started to think ‘maybe it’s me?’.
“When they told me the amount, I just couldn’t believe it. It hasn’t sunk in. I’m holding on tight to this ticket and I’m going to go home and I’ll be wrapping myself in cotton wool until I get the cheque!”
It was a massive win for the anonymous tradie, who was a regular Keno player, but had never won more than a grand previously.
“I got $800 once before. This is something else!” he said.
So besides not returning to work on Monday – or ever again – what are his plans for all this cash?
“Well, the first thing out of my wife’s mouth was ‘we’ll fix the kids up for the future’, so that’s what we’ll do.
“It’s not all about me, I’ve got a lovely family to share it with. It just still hasn’t sunk in yet.
“Seeing the win come up on the screen – that’s a memory that will stick with me for a long, long time.
“For now, we’re going to go home, sit down and take it all in. We’re multi-millionaires now – that sounds very, very good.”