If you are looking for the true ‘dream makers’, that award goes to the ever-increasing progressive jackpots.
I have compiled some of these Winning Stories to brighten your dreams tonight.
Celeste has worked for years in the family’s equipment rental business and recently sold the company.
Six months ago, her mother gave her a lucky pendant and she is certain she is responsible for the win.
In addition, her father gave her a $100 bill for the trip and told her to use that money to buy chips for herself.
Therefore, he’s now positive that his $100 gift is responsible for her new fortune. Celeste was so touched by what her father said after hearing of her win. He said, “Celeste, you’ve always done for others, now you can do for yourself.”
Let’s back up a bit while Celeste McCormick of Albany, GA tells her story:
“It was one of those magical nights when we couldn’t lose. We were having such fun and winning on almost every machine we chose to play. We’re not big gamblers, but maybe now we will be!”
“My mother and father love to gamble, and my mother had been comped a room at the Imperial Palace in Biloxi, MI. She graciously invited my brother and me to join in the celebration.
Earlier in the evening, my friend and I had been playing the Wheel of Fortune machines and won $500. Just before going up to the room, we decided to go back to the Wheel of Fortune to see if we would have any luck again. When the three Wheel of Fortune symbols appeared, nothing happened; there were no bells or flashing lights.” My friend said, “I think you won $10,000.” Then I said, “No, I think I won the progressive jackpot.”
While I sat at the machine waiting for someone to arrive, I began to get nervous and said to my companion, “You better go find someone in case we have a power failure and I lose the entire jackpot.”
He left to find an attendant and when they returned they confirmed that I did win the progressive jackpot of $1,195,974.
It was now 2:52 a.m. and we were far from being tired after all the excitement. Celeste added, “It was hilarious–the hotel personnel immediately moved us to the penthouse suite. We waited around until later, and then called my mother and brother to tell them our room had been changed and to come up to our suite to visit us.
My brother immediately said, “How much did you win, $10,000?” I said “No a lot more than that. Just put your robes on and come up to the suite.
When they arrived, we held up the check and I took a picture of my mother’s face when she saw the amount!”
How does she feel about the win? “I felt very humbled and thankful for my blessings. It’s been a wonderful experience.” Her future plans are simple for now, “we’ve put it in CDs until we can decide.”
Michael Figueroa of Citrus Heights, CA, said they were celebrating his friend’s 30th birthday at Horizon Casino, Lake Tahoe when they decided to play some slot machines. Michael got the best gift with a heavy hit of $615,176 at a Wheel of Fortune quarter progressive. He had only invested $20 and stated, “I always play the Wheel of Fortune machines because I love to get to spin the wheel”. “I kept thinking that I really wanted to hit the jackpot and had just repeated that to my wife when it hit. I was in shock, stunned.”
Michael, who is self-employed, said he would spend his winnings wisely, live a little more comfortably and extend his trip to Lake Tahoe.
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Anthony Vighione, owner of several video rental stores in Milford, CT, plays the new Popeye video slots often and says they’re his favorite. While playing at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT, Anthony hit an eye-popping payday of $508, 594. on a quarter Popeye progressive machine.
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. Jackson, a retiree from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, had taken a day trip to the casino to play his favorite machines. When asked about his plans, Jackson stated, “that will be up to the wife.”