The owner of a local landscaping company scored big on a Wheel of Fortune progressive slot machine Wednesday at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage.
The casino announced the big win on Facebook and in a press release, announcing the winner only by his first name and last initial, Manuel F., aka Manny, who won $2,457,231.86 on a Wheel of Fortune progressive slot machine.
On just a normal Wednesday afternoon for Manuel, AKA, “Manny,” he realized he had forgotten something up in his hotel room and wanted to retrieve it before checking out of the hotel after a night’s stay with his daughters. However, he had a $40 slot ticket that he wanted to use before leaving the casino when the Wheel of Fortune progressive slot machine called his name. Manny walked into the High Limit Slots area and headed straight for the Wheel of Fortune slot machine on the back wall, inserted his ACE Rewards Players’ Card and inserted his ticket. Manny made three (3) $10.00 spins without much excitement to speak of. And then, on the last $10.00 bet left on his ticket, he spun the reels and watched as three Wheel of Fortune logos popped up on the center line one after another.
“I thought at first that maybe I had won a couple of hundred dollars or something,” said Manny of his big win. “And then, I just kept looking at the symbols and seeing the amount, and it still didn’t really sink in.”
As for what is next for Manny after scoring the huge jackpot? Well, he’s probably calling a real estate agent soon.
“I think I will buy a house and maybe just save the rest,” he said. “All the struggling I have had to do…I will never have to struggle again.”