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Ft. Lauderdale woman hits Seminole Gaming record $3.85M jackpot

This slot machine rang up a $3.85 million jackpot for a Fort Lauderdale woman in the early hours of July 23, 2020, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. It is the highest payout in Seminole Gaming history. (Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood photo)

HOLLYWOOD – After celebrating her 60th birthday last week, a Fort Lauderdale woman had about four million more reasons to celebrate again.

The woman, identified only as “Ms. Laurie,” hit a jackpot for $3,854,682 early Thursday morning at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

“I am in absolute shock,” she said in a press release from the casino. “You like to dream big, but that’s really big. That’s not even in the ballpark of what you think you can win. That’s a lottery. It still feels like a dream.”

The casino said the jackpot is the highest payout in history for Seminole Gaming’s six properties, two of which are located in Hollywood and the others are in Brighton, Coconut Creek, Immokalee and Tampa.

The woman, who spent the evening having dinner with friends at Council Oak Steaks & Seafood on the property, hit the jackpot shortly after midnight on an IGT Megabucks game.

As for her plans with the massive windfall: “We’re talking about hurricane windows. We talked about resurfacing the pool or maybe getting a nicer condo after retirement,” she said.

After being closed for nearly three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the casino reopened June 12 under new health and safety guidelines. Since the reboot, it has awarded more than $74.8 million in jackpots, including 29 jackpots valued at $50,000 or above.

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