An Elizabeth Keno winner scored $50,000 Keno 8 Spot win in draw 2480346, drawn 1 April 2019. When this winner whose name was not disclosed by SA lotteries came to claim his prize confessed that he plays lottery games every week and grabs a Keno ticket about once a week when he is putting on his other entries. When asked how he planned to spend his Keno Spot 8 windfall, the thrilled man revealed he had his sights set on a cruise to Fiji.
The stoked bloke, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased his winning Keno 8 Spot entry at Munno Para Newsagency, Shops 17-19, Munno Para Shopping Centre, Main North Road, Smithfield.
In the 12 months to 30 June 2018, there were 26 Keno Spot 8, 9 and 10 winners across South Australia who landed more than $5.026 million. Spot 10 was won twice during this time – a prize of more than $1.474 million won in Mawson Lakes in April 2018, and a prize of more than $1.7 million won in Mansfield Park in October 2018.
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 game play
Depending on where you are playing the game, there can be deviations but typically a player can choose up to twenty numbers (or ‘spots’) on a game card. Some casinos restrict the amount of spots chosen to 10, 12 or 15.
- Numbers are chosen from a range of 1 to 80 and marked off on a Keno game card which is laid out in a grid of 8 rows by 10 columns.
- Once all of the game players have selected their numbers and laid a stake, twenty numbers are selected (either by random software on electronic games or via a bingo style machine).
- Players must match their selected numbers with the drawn numbers to establish whether they have matched any.
- Winning combinations vary by casino (even by table) or venue with pay-outs depending on how much you staked and how many ‘hits’ (or numbers matched).
The more numbers you select, the greater the payout but the less chance you have of hitting you minimum winning combination. Like selecting three spots in Keno gives you two winning combinations; 2 hits or 3 hits. With the odds of winning by selecting three spots on a Keno game being 1 in 20 your chances may be good but the potential gains are low.
Selecting 10 spots gives you six possible winning combinations (5 hits, 6 hits, 7 hits, 8 hits, 9 hits and 10 hits) but a lower chance of getting a winning combination.
The odds of winning on a 10-spot card are 1 in 253 but can deliver better returns.
The probability of winning the jackpot (all twenty spots) are virtually impossible at 1 in 3.5 quintillion. Most Keno players stick to less than 10 spots per card with those wanting to play the best game of probabilities, playing 4,5 or 6 spot games. The odds of a win on this number of potential hits is around 1 in 5.
How to play Keno?
The first step to playing Keno is deciding which game you want to play!
- Keno Single is the best game to play if you’re new to Keno. Simply select the numbers you want to play for your chance to win.
- Keno Coin Toss can be added to a Keno game or played on its own. Guess where most of the drawn numbers will fall on the Keno grid for your chance to win.
- Keno Combo requires a bit more skill but if you’re up for the challenge this game allows you to create more number combinations, giving you more chances to win.
The next step to playing Keno is deciding if you want to play a QuickPick or a Marked Entry.
- A QuickPick is the easiest way to play, where the number of games you play is fixed and your numbers are randomly generated for you.
- A Marked entry lets you choose what numbers you want to play and even lets you save them as a Favourite for next time.
Third and final step is to find a store to buy ticket to play Keno. Keno winning numbers are usually available shortly after the draw in-store or via the Lott website.
There is a Keno draw every 3.5 minutes. 40 seconds prior to draw close, sales for the current draw close and you’ll be entered into the next draw.
You can check your Keno ticket online, in-store, or scan your ticket using the Lott App.
To win Keno, the Spots (numbers) you’ve picked must match the numbers drawn. How much you win is based on:
- The Spot you’ve played (how many numbers you’ve picked)
- How many of your numbers matched the winning numbers drawn
- How much you’ve played per game (between $1 and $100)
- To win the Spot 10 jackpot, your entry needs to match all 10 winning numbers in a single game. If there are no Spot 10 jackpot winners, the Spot 10 jackpots to the next draw.
Numbers are displayed for each draw on Keno screen grids in-store or on View Results.