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Newcastle man sets local pub off with $50,000 Keno windfall


The atmosphere in a local pub turned electric at the weekend as it erupted into celebrations when a Novocastrian landed a $50,000 Keno win.

The Hunter man matched nine numbers in his Classic 10 Spot entry in draw 578, on Saturday 12 August.

“It’s unbelievable,” he exclaimed when an official from Keno called to confirm his fun money.

“I was ready to leave the pub after celebrating my mate’s birthday and then everyone in the pub started to go nuts.

“The last Keno game came up and I didn’t even look at it.

“Turns out I’d won the jackpot in the game.

“We went back to my brother’s place and celebrated.

“It was a great night.”

When asked how he planned to enjoy his Keno windfall, the gleeful man revealed he was still too shaken up by the winning news to make any immediate plans.

“Honestly, I have no idea,” he said.

“I think I’m just stunned that I won in the first place.

“I know it will go to good use though.”

His winning Keno entry was purchased at Hotel Elermore in Croudace Road.

In 2022, players across the eastern states of mainland Australia celebrated more than 76.25 million wins collectively worth more than $1 billion.

During this time, Keno crowned 21 millionaires and multi-millionaires who jointly took home in excess of $51.5 million. 

Ten of these major winners were from New South Wales and the ACT, including a Sydneysider who picked up a $10.3 million bounty.

Players in NSW and the ACT enjoyed more than 47.7 million Keno wins totalling over $621.7 million across the region in 2022.

They can also enter into the monthly second chance draw for the opportunity to win one of five $1,000 prizes by scanning their ticket at

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