One Rocky person is a millionaire today, but doesn't know it
THE winner of a cool $1.1 million Keno jackpot is walking around Rockhampton today unaware they are now a millionaire.
The mystery millionaire was at Raffles Hotel in North Rockhampton last night and left the venue before checking their Keno ticket, which is valued at $1,113,756.
Incredibly, the win is the third million-plus Keno jackpot to be won in Queensland in the past three and a half weeks - a very rare occurrence.
The first 10-number jackpot, worth $1,875, was won at the Sofitel Hotel on the Gold Coast on Sunday 27 October and the second, worth $1.22 million, was won on Tuesday 12 November at the Hotel Monier in Darra, south-west of Brisbane.
Raffles Hotel duty manager Kirsty Bradford said that while the mystery winner hadn't come forward it was likely they were a hotel regular.
"There's a group of regulars who come in on a Wednesday night and buy Keno tickets because we have our membership draw on," Kirsty said.
"The win happened after 11pm last night and, because of the late shift, the Keno operator on duty is home asleep so we can't contact him to ask who bought a 10-number Keno ticket last night," she said.
"We can't wait to see who is going to walk through that door and present the winning ticket.
"Let's just hope they realise they have the winning ticket and don't throw it away."
Brian Laws, Keno's Queensland Sales Manager, today urged anyone in the Rockhampton area who had bought a Keno ticket at the Raffles Hotel in the last 24 hours to please check it at any venue that has Keno.
"You could be the Rockhampton mystery millionaire, so please check your ticket as soon as you can," Brian said.
According to Brian, people will sometimes buy a number of games while having a meal or a drink, and leave the club or hotel before all their games are finished.
"It's even possible our mystery winner could be someone from out of town who is on a break from work, and they might not be planning to return to the Raffles Hotel," he said.
Keno gives away around $28 million in prize money to Queensland players each month.
"No other game gives you the chance to win more than $1 million on the spot - every three minutes," Brian said.