Meal wins woman $ 218,000

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Nathan Paull

A CA­SUAL din­ner turned into a $ 218,000 wind­fall for one Townsville hos­pi­tal­ity worker.

The 21-year-old woman, who re­quested anonymity, hit the Keno jack­pot at the Bohle Barn last Thurs­day.

‘‘ It’s a big deal but we didn’t run around scream­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘ I didn’t scream but I was so ex­cited that I couldn’t eat my meal af­ter­wards.’’

The lucky woman ini­tially won $ 18 and then rein­vested the money on 15 more games.

On the 11th turn, she saw nine of her num­bers come up. ‘‘ I saw the num­bers come up, but we still didn’t be­lieve it, so we went and had the ticket scanned,’’ she said.

Bohle Barn em­ployee Sheralee Grant, who sold the win­ning Keno ticket, said al­though the win­ner had been un­able to fin­ish her meal, she re­turned the fol­low­ing night to cel­e­brate with her fam­ily.

Bohle Barn Man­ager Tony McCoy said it was fan­tas­tic a reg­u­lar pa­tron won the jack­pot – the big­gest win at the ho­tel.

‘‘ It’s a sen­sa­tional win,’’ he said.

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