Local woman wins $5.4 million playing Keno at Kent Hotel, Hamilton



There could be something in the water here in Newcastle when it comes to winning millions on Keno, as a

local woman comes to terms with with fact she is suddenly a multi-millionaire after winning more than $5 million on Keno at The Kent Hotel, Hamilton.


The win follows Keno's biggest Australian payout of $7.8 million claimed by a local tradie playing at the Northumberland Hotel, Lambton in 2018, while in 2013, a local man also won $4.3 million on Keno at the Blackbutt Hotel, Lambton.


The most recent Keno millionaire said the $5.4 million prize had left her stunned.


"I'm so grateful, " she said.


"I was completely stunned and couldn't believe it, I still can't to be honest. I always play the same numbers but I wasn't watching the Keno screens when my numbers appeared.


"Everyone in the venue was asking who it could be and when I checked my ticket a million things were going through my mind.


"It's an incredible prize. It's unbelievable.


"I was completely stunned and couldn't believe it, I still can't to be honest. I always play the same numbers but I wasn't watching the Keno screens when my numbers appeared. Everyone in the venue was asking who it could be and when I checked my ticket a million things were going through my mind."


Hotelier Stephen Hunt said he was thrilled for the winner, who still went to work the next day.


"She was completely shell-shocked and could hardly speak," he said.


"It took a while to sink in and she still went and did her shift at work."


When asked how she planned to enjoy her multi-million-dollar prize, the winner said plenty of people would benefit from the win.


"I definitely want to help out a lot of people," she said.


"I will be sharing my prize, but the rest I just need to think about.


"It's a huge prize and I just need to let the news sink in."


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