A Western New York woman won a progressive jackpot of $544,908 this past weekend at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. The lucky pull came at 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, on a "MegaJackpots" "Wheel of Fortune" "3x 4x 5x" dollar slot machine, located near the center of the main gaming floor.
The player, identified as Jean D. of Cheektowaga, placed a maximum bet of $3 and hit the 3x, 4x and 5x "Wheel of Fortune" symbols on the payout line.
The progressive amount is linked to games at multiple Native American-owned casinos in the Northeast region. According to Chuck Kilroy, general manager at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, the progressive jackpots add to the excitement - and even larger jackpots are available to be won.
"Slot machines provide entertainment with a chance to win, and with our ability to link to progressive jackpots because of our size, they also offer life-changing moments at Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel," Kilroy said. "We have a number of progressive jackpots right now on our slots, including $1.26 million on 'Star Wars,' and $1.08 million and $1.27 million on 'Wheel of Fortune' - one of them being a penny denomination. We congratulate Jean on her big win, and it's a reminder to guests that jackpots can happen to anyone at any time."
Jean D. was visiting Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel with her husband and said she was stunned when she realized she had won. She plans to use her winnings to help her children pay off college loans.
"MegaJackpots" games, including "Wheel of Fortune" slots, are created by International Game Technology.