Jobless Man Wins $1 Million Slots Jackpot At California CasinoApril 27, 2011 7:16 am
A 42 year-old unemployed man has been celebrating the pay-day of a life time after scooping a $1 million progressive jackpot at the Santa Ysabel Casino on Wednesday.
The Ramona, California resident, who wished to remain anonymous, was playing on the progressive penny “Gold Series” slot machine at $2.50 a go before he hit the enormous $1,036,523 pay-off.
The Ramona man who visited the Santa Ysabel casino every few weeks said he was at the slot for around half an hour when five “Gold Series” images suddenly flashed up indicating that he had won the jackpot.
One lady by the name of Tammie McGill was nearby playing the slots when she heard the commotion and commenting afterwards said:
“I’ve played those machines and I said, ‘Those are stupid machines. I don’t want to play those machines. And then I was like, ‘Wow, they really do something!”
In the meantime, the slots winner understandably wanted to maintain his privacy after scooping the enormous jackpot saying he didn’t want his life altered at all. The married father of two did, however, comment:
“It’s a life-changing event that you would never expect.”
He then explained that he waited until he got home before telling his wife, who only when he showed her the confirmation letter believed him before then bursting into tears.
The couple now intend to use the money to pay off the house mortgage, buy a new car and set up a college fund for their two sons aged 8 and 10. The couple also intend to do a lot more travelling in future.
The slot machine which payed out the $1,036,253 jackpot was actually owned by a company called Rocket Gaming, which owns 1,122 slot machines across 12 states. The company has now payed out nine million dollar jackpots in the space of just two years.