Local now a millionaire

A retired Whyalla man is looking forward to "sinking a few cold ones" this afternoon as he celebrates scoring a Keno Spot 10 prize worth $1,664,117.50 in draw 2565599, drawn on Monday.

The happy Whyalla local was visiting Eyre Hotel for lunch when he saw his winning numbers come up on the Keno screen.

"I'm still shaking at the knees! I can't believe it!" he exclaimed.

"I saw the numbers come up on the screen. I couldn't believe all 10 numbers came up. "

"A few years ago I won $10,000 on a QuickPick entry so I made note of the numbers and have used them every time since.

"They've definitely come good! I'm glad I walked down to the pub to get lunch because now I can have a couple of beers to celebrate!"

When asked how he planned to enjoy his Keno windfall, the stoked bloke confessed he had his eyes on a shiny new car.

"Well I've got two sons and I've already called them to let them know," he said.

"They thought I was bullsh*ting them but I can't wait to show them when the prize is paid that I am a millionaire!

"I'm sure I'll be sharing it with them but I'll also get something for myself.

"I'm pretty sorted in life but I think I will treat myself to a new Mustang!"

The happy winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning Keno 10 Spot entry at Eyre Hotel, 39 Playford Ave, Whyalla.

Eyre Hotel venue manager Carl Church said he was thrilled a regular customer had become a millionaire.

"This is the largest Keno prize we've ever sold!" he explained.

"Last year we sold a Keno Spot 9 prize worth $100,000 but this one eclipses that one by a long mile!

"It's a great atmosphere in the venue today as we celebrate a regular and a local becoming a millionaire."

In the 12 months to 30 June 2019, there were 27 Keno Spot 8, 9 and 10 winners across South Australia who scored more than $5.98 million.

The Spot 10 prize was won twice during this time - a win worth more than $1.7 million was won in Mansfield Park in October 2018, and a prize of more than $2.1 million was won in Findon in June 2019.

Keno is a game whereby 20 numbers are randomly generated from a possible 80.

To win a Keno Spot 8 prize, a player must match all eight of the numbers selected on their ticket against the 20 numbers drawn. Keno draw results are available online at thelott.com/salotteries.