One lucky lady has been celebrating her incredible good fortune after scooping a $301,852 slots jackpot at the Grand Pequot Casino, Foxwoods in southeastern Connecticut.
On Thursday, January 20th, according to a recent announcement by the casino, a Wilmington woman by the name of Sharon Kelly Parella scooped the huge sum after playing the $1 progressive slot machine “Temple of Treasure.”
What makes Sharon’s life changing bonanza all the more impressive is the fact it took a change in her usual choice of casino game for her to win the impressive amount. As she explains:
“I go to Foxwoods 3 or 4 times each year, but I don’t usually even play the slots. I usually play blackjack – so it must have been fate!”
Fate or otherwise, ever since her decision to give the slot machine a go Sharon Kelly Parella has been walking on air and was even treated to a few extra luxuries by the Grand Pequot Casino in celebration of her win.
Giving her the VIP treatment, Sharon and a friend were invited to dinner at one of the casino’s quality restaurants before being shown to a complimentary luxury suite at the Grand Pequot Tower.
“We at Foxwoods Resort Casino are thrilled for Ms. Parrella. Seeing our valued guests walk away with life changing winnings is extremely rewarding, and we couldn’t be happier for Ms. Parrella and her family,” commented Lori Potter, Foxwoods Director of Public Relations.
Foxwoods was founded in 1986 and is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. The enormous resort has over 380 gaming tables and with over 7,200 slot machines has more than any other casino in the world. The resort also has 1,416 hotel rooms and is a major gambling and entertainment draw for people living in the northeastern United States.
Foxwoods Resort Casino and MGM Grand at Foxwoods have proved very popular with patrons and in 2010 paid out over $289,854,000 in jackpot winnings. In addition, each year the casino pays 25% of their slots revenue to Connecticut state, which amounts to more than $200 million each year.