Lucky truckie wins $2.34m in Keno
A LUCKY Tweed truckdriver has become the shire's newest multi-millionaire after winning more than $2.34million in a Keno jackpot this week.
Chris, who asked for his surname not to be published, cashed in on the bonanza while playing Keno at Twin Towns Juniors club, in Fraser Dr, on Monday.
Despite his good fortune, the 49-year-old Banora Point owner-driver returned to work on Tuesday as per usual, keen to get on with the job.
"I'm just not like that," he said on Thursday.
"I'm still in shock. I still don't believe it.".
"I was shaking like a leaf because things like this don't happen to people like us."
Chris won a total of $2,346,668 after all 10 of his numbers hit the Keno Quickpick jackpot while playing after work with his mates on Monday night.
"I (usually) just buy a ticket and put it in my pocket and check it later," he said.
"But my mate came up to me and said 'the jackpot has just gone off' and I said 'that'd be right, I just bought my ticket'.
"Then it flashed up that the jackpot had been won at Twin Towns, so I went and checked my ticket."
Chris said the first thing he did once his win was formally confirmed by Twin Towns staffers was to put $200 on the table for the boys to enjoy a beer.
While not a superstitious type, Chris said he found an amber-coloured stone on the floor at Twin Towns on Saturday and brought it home to his partner, calling it his "lucky stone".
"It's set me up for life. I've had some bad luck in the past, so this is just beautiful," he said.
Chris has no plans to retire and no plans to upgrade his SS Commodore but will use his millions to pay off his mortgage, renovate the house, buy a new Harley Davidson and take his partner to Paris.
"I'll keep plodding along until Christmas and then we'll sit down and see what happens after I pay off the house," he said.
Twin Towns managing licencee Chris Nullen said the club had enjoyed a "real buzz" since the win.
The winning numbers were 5, 18, 32, 41, 44, 59, 66, 68, 69 and 76.