LAVEEN, Ariz. – Adeline Blackwell won $112,915 when she hit a Wheel of Fortune quarters MegaJackpot at Gila River’s Casino VeeQuiva Jan. 23.
The winner is from Buckeye, Ariz., and said she came to the casino to play bingo, but had her eye on the winning Wheel of Fortune quarters machine. “I like Wheel of Fortune. [The winning] machine was taken, I waited five minutes to get on.” After investing around $50, Blackwell reported being surprised to find she had won the top progressive prize.
“I thought I hit 2,500 quarters. Then I thought I hit the 10,000 quarters; then realized I won!” Blackwell explained. The MegaJackpot winner went on to say she was excited to share her news with her husband, even though he was initially doubtful saying, “yeah right, bring it on home.” Blackwell plans to convince her husband of her good fortune by using some of her winnings to buy him a new truck.
Saturday’s MegaJackpot prize is the second to be paid this year at Gila River’s Casino VeeQuiva. Two weeks before, on Jan. 9, a Peoria, Ariz. man won $282,708 on the same progressive system. The Vee Quiva Casino has now paid 20 MegaJackpot prizes since 1998 totaling nearly $11 million. The two largest payouts at VeeQuiva, a $1.7 million and $1.6 million prize, were paid on the Wheel of Fortune dollars progressive system.
Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc. owns and operates three casinos within its Gila River Indian Community including Wild Horse Pass Casino , Lone Butte Casino, and Vee Quiva Casino. All three casinos are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Additional information on each casino is available by calling (800) 946-4452, or by visiting the Web site. [www .wingilariver.com]
Vee Quiva Casino along with sister properties Wild Horse Pass and Lone Butte, Both located in Chandler, Ariz., have now awarded more than $40.2 million in MegaJackpot prizes on a variety of IGT progressive gaming systems. All three Gila River Casinos belong to a Native American progressive gaming network which includes nearly two dozen tribal casinos statewide. Each time a coin is played in a linked machine, anywhere in the network the jackpot accumulates until some lucky winner hits the top jackpot award.