Winners Report: February
Slots Winners Weekly Report, February brings you 5
jackpot winners who
Slots Winners Report for 2-25
1) Keep On Truckin’
Glenn Markell, a trucking company owner from California
had come from Sacramento
to do some gambling.
Before hitting the Wheel of Fortune quarters for $1,494,319,
there is a story to tell. “We went to several downtown casinos to try
our reimbursement checks from the company, but none of them would cash
Therefore, we came over to Sierra Sid’s because my
company had cashed checks here before. However, because we changed the
the company, they had no record of us, so they couldn’t cash them
I decided that we came here to gamble, so I called my sister and she
I was playing a $1 Flip It machine and listening
Russians who were playing the Wheel next to me. They were
fun so I
decided to give the game a shot, and sat down at the machine on the end
in $5. I built up a few credits and then it hit.
Russians got very excited
and asked how much I had won. I pointed to the amount and they couldn’t
it. I’m having a hard time believing it myself”
As to the future, Markell states, “I’m going to quite
driving now, but I will still help our around the company. We have just
people working for us. One of them just won $6.8 million on the
now I win a million. What are the odds that two people in a small
just 15 employees both win a million dollars?”
A retired hospital worker, Jeanie Ciccone from Glendale,
wanted to relax
after finishing the task
of cleaning her garage. A trip to Gila River Quiva Casino and a
sit-down as the
Wheel quarter slots produced a big hit of $1,214,006. With a small cash
of only $60, the realization of a win brought on this exclamation: “Oh
this real? How much did I win?” The future for Ciccone includes
spending her windfall with
Cesar Chiquete Pena was a winner of $588,791 when he hit the
nickel MegaJackpot at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson
to set a record in Arizona.
a carpet cleaner from Tucson,
he was drawn to the machine because “It was the first, I saw
the high progressive amount. Pena thought he had only won
$1,300 and when he realized he won the MegaJackpot, he was “happy and
surprised.” His winnings will buy a new home and be a positive change
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Richard Sargent won $528,642
when he hit the dollar Wheel of
Fortune machine at the Bay Mills Resort and Casino, in
Brimley, MI. Sargent, VP
trucking company, is from Pinckney,
He was on vacation and had only tossed in $15 when the hit
“I called for my wife. I couldn’t believe it!” Sargent said. Plans for
include paying off his house.
Sailing Ahead for this Slots Winner
Stephen Abadie, a 3M Rep from Slidell,
was in Danbury, WI.
friends and The Hole in the
Wall Casino. He decided to invest in the Wheel of Fortune
dollar machine with
an initial investment of only $12 when he hit the
progressive for $748,771. “I was hoping to hit the spin,” he said. “I
will be buying a
new boat and the rest will go toward our children’s college fund.”
Slots Winners Report for 2-18
1) There's Only 1
Game for Me
William J. Clark, a retired firefighter from Albany,
wintering in Florida
for the past 10 years and to see the West.
Being a gambler for the past 20 years, mostly on
horseracing, sports and table games, Bill and his friend received an
from Harrah's, Laughlin. "We always play at the Harrah's properties, so
arrived the day before the party and headed to Harrah's that evening.
As I stated," Bill explained, "I usually play the
table games, but my friend enjoys the slots, so I went over to
the machines with her and thought I'd try $29 in a $1 Wheel of
I just started playing when the MegaJackpot hit for
I'm still in awe."
all that time betting on horseracing, football, and table games, this
becomes a millionaire playing a slot machine.
Bill's first reaction was, "You know, I was calm when
it happened and it wasn't until a couple days later that I woke up
how much I actually won and how much responsibility comes with that
money." Bill added that they would like to move out west, maybe to
and travel back Florida
Posing for his ' big check' pix, Bill said he couldn't wait
to distribute copies to his family and friends and, "This happens only
once in a lifetime and I'd like people to know what I've accomplished."
2) Millionaire Strike
Dina Marie Thompson from Benicia, CA
$1,180,231 at the Eldorado
Hotel Casino in Reno, NV.
The Megajackpot was at a Wheel of Fortune quarter slot with
a small investment of $20. "I did not believe I won, somebody had to
me", the shocked winner said. Future plans include a
vacation and a mini-shopping spree.
Major changes according to Thompson: "Money matters will be less
stressful, and now I really believe that you can win gambling".
3) And She Said
Blue Water Resort and Casino in Parker, AZ was the place for
Larry Jackson who won $750,455 on a one-dollar Wheel of Fortune.
retiree from Lake Havasu City, Arizona,
had taken a day trip to the casino to play his favorite games.
about his plans, Jackson
stated, "that will be up to the wife."
4) Dream a Little-er
Michele Marra was 'lost in her dreams' about winning 'the
big one' at Mohegan Sun when the $1 Wheel of Fortune game she
her a chance to find out. The Holbrook, NY, women had enough
time to dream up ways to
spend her $951,339 jackpot, that include a vacation, a new car,
home and putting money aside for her children's college funds. "Life
be easier," Marra said thanks to her dreaming.
5) Slots Winner: Waiting for
Christina Vontoussaint of League
was in search of a hot dog at Mermaid's
Casino in Las Vegas,
but because it
was not open, she opted to play $20 at a quarter Wheel of Fortune slot
Not only did she receive a $340,756. payday, free hot dogs,
but it meant her
husband's birthday celebration was even sweeter. She noted that her
winnings will "allow my husband to
Winners Report for 2-11
1) What Does He Know?
“When it hit, I was stunned and shocked, but very happy. And
just before it hit, my husband told me that I didn’t have a chance in
winning.” stated Jacqueline Leroux of Social
Further, she had been winning on the slots all night at
Harrah’s, and had already won once on the same Wheel of Fortune machine
made her an instant millionaire. The lucky winner was too shocked to
plans for her $1,097,200 win that I am sure will be shared with her
Winner and Loser
Add Jim Snavely to the
Fortune Millionaires. With just $20, the Oregon man
decided to play the Wheel at
Fitzgerald's, Las Vegas
so he could be near his wife. Before he reached his wife, a woman beat
it and sat down. She graciously gave up her seat to him and you all
Jim said after the
came by again after I won and I asked her name and address because I
send her something for being so nice and giving up the machine. I just
$1 million, but she just said congratulations and walked away. I sort
of felt bad for her."
"When the jackpot hit, I
the progressive numbers that were flashing and I tried to figure out
decimal points were.
I thought that I won
began congratulating me and I realized what I actually won was
couldn't believe it. I still can't. I expect that any minute now I'm
wake up and find this is all a dream."
Jim owns his own RV
company and stated
that he would use his winnings to help his children attend college.
said, "I will spend the rest of the money very wisely."
3) It's My Turn
Do you ever walk through a casino, like I do, and find
couples taking turns attacking the spin button on slots? Well, this
togetherness resulted in a $611,400 win for James & Leah Harman
of Truckee, CA.
All it took was $5, a visit to Boomtown Casino in Reno
and the right Wheel of Fortune progressive before the shock set in.
the winning spin, but it didn't register in her mind immediately.
She was ready for another spin when James bellowed out a
“Don't touch that machine!” command, like any member of the US Air
Force can do
Leah observed the command and stated, “I was confused when
it hit. I thought it was broken because it didn't pay me anything.
No credits registered so I wanted to keep playing.” Getting
over the initial good fortune caused Leah to almost pass out at which
ice pack was applied by a concerned casino employee. She did muster up
the strength to call her father with the
9, Number 9
James Stowe won over
dollar Wheel of Fortune.
His stated strategy was
person before me
had played a lot of money and I knew it was going to hit."
"Everyone is friendly and
home" is the way he feels about the Grand Casino Coushatta in Kinder,
this retiree from Alvin, TX
hit the MegaJackpot. This double winner was
winning $1000 on another machine and only investing $9 before the huge
Stowe plans to invest his
winnings and says,
"his win may not change his life, but will make
than it already is."
Truckload of Yen
Hideki Isimoto, a trading
rep did not
understand how much he had won until it was translated into yen.
Japanese visitor at Luxor Hotel & Casino, said he played the
of Fortune machine on impulse and was fortunate enough to hit a
After the translation, he
no idea that it was so much money. I'm still in shock!"
Winners Report for 2-4
Try This One!
Robbie Jo Spray and her husband, who live in Graham,
attended a wedding in North Dakota
and decided to stop at Spirit Lake Casino. She
was playing the Wheel when her husband encouraged her to try the Regis’
Club game. “I knew I had won something,”
Spray said, “but I didn’t fully realize this was a
progressive game.” Plans were made quickly for the winnings
“First we’ll pay bills and then help our son decorate a new house and
give some to our daughter.”
2) More than a Wooden
Channaine Martin, 32 lined up a jackpot for $1,292,397. on a
nickel machine at Atlantic City’s
Caesars Casino. A resident of Forked
she had played only $40 at a Jeopardy! slot
before the five symbols appeared. IGT’s Jeopardy! is part of
a system that links slot machines in AC casinos. These jackpots start
$500,000 and grow from there.
This winner is paid-on-the-spot.
“I just started
screaming Oh My God! Oh my God! said Martin,
a magazine editor by trade. I screamed so much I lost my
that en route to Atlantic City,
she was overcome by a lucky feeling. “We had to
pull over on the parkway when we got stuck in a thunder storm and I got
weird feeling, but I knew that it was a good omen”.
to my sister, “I
don’t know why, but this is a good omen and we’re going to win”
of a ‘big win’, however, was in the $200 to $400 range.
As for how this new millionaire plans to spend her fortune,
Martin says, she will pay off her mortgage and credit cards, and
purchase a new
car. She will also include a donation to Gilda’s Club, a nationwide
facilities that assist cancer patients and their families plus a
‘thank you’ for her sister.
3) Dreaming Big
Even, though they had recently married in Las
Vegas, it was the Station Casino in St.
that Janet Kell
thought about in her dream of a $ 2.9 million win.
so real, I just knew what I was going to do with the
money, I planned to pay bills for both me and my children, save some
granddaughter’s education and invest the remaining funds.” was her
So, there was no complaining when a Double Diamond Wheel of
Gold produced a lesser amount of
only 10 minutes into the playing session.
A nearby player
commented, “What did you get?” Upon Janet’s
reply of “I’m not sure!”, to which this same player said, “I
think you got the big jackpot because you had three coins in.” Once
the initial amazement fell away, Kell insisted that she
will keep her job even though her co-workers are wondering, “Why are
4) Seven is the Charm
Sunday was slots day for Betty Johnson of Lithonia,
she made her
way to one of her
favorite casinos. After she discovered that another player was giving
Quarters Deluxe machine to her, Betty’s good fortune arrived within an
render a $743,358 win.
As Betty tells it, “My first reaction
was, those are little
sevens, and maybe that’s why no money came out.” “No, wait, those are
white and blue, I won something big!” This ‘big win’ will enable
share with her seven (yes, there’s that number again) grandchildren.
5) Slot Winners: Beginner's
Althea Jones had never played slots before she decided to
head for Potawatomi Casino in WI while visiting relatives in nearby
Gambling just $30. at a Wheel of Gold, she said. “The seat
was vacant, so I decided to play. It was my first time here, and I have
When asked how she felt after realizing she
Jones responded: “Nervous. I really didn't know what I won. My niece
As for her plans, she said she was “going to have fun, pay off her
get out of debt.”
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