Some gamblers go their whole life without winning the big prize, but some win the jackpot without even knowing it. That’s exactly the kind of thing that happened to one of the players at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Western Upstate New York. Fortunately for the player, the casino did its part and managed to track the lucky winner.
Lucky Player Unknowingly Wins More than $11,000
The whole thing happened on April 1, and, indeed, it may seem like an April Fools joke. A man from Northern Carolina who was at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino unknowingly won the jackpot while playing the one-cent 88 Fortunes slot machine. Even weirder is the fact that it was his first game on this slot machine. The player, who introduced himself as Kevin Whitlock wasn’t even sure how this particular slot machine works. Whitlock was simply trying to spend the new member bonus credit that everyone gets when signing up for Social Club by Seneca.
Even though he wasn’t totally certain what he was doing, the lucky player somehow managed to trigger one of the ** Fortunes’ bonus features. Nevertheless, he wasn’t around for the payout. Luckily, a casino slot attendant noticed the coins and that the Grand Prize was activated. The casino employee pressed the button to end the bonus worth $11,644.
Seneca Niagara Casino Manages to Track the 88 Fortune Slots Winner
Over the following weekend, the team at Seneca Niagara Casino did some investigating and eventually learned that it was Kevin Whitlock who won the Grand Prize. Whitlock was informed of his big win by the Slot Service Manager at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, Suzi Dechene. She called him up to tell him the good news. Duchene later said that at the moment he learned about the jackpot, the lucky winner just got back from the trip and was unpacking.
The first person Whitlock told the news of the huge payout was his wife. At first, she didn’t believe it and thought that someone was pulling a prank on him. As the prize was supposedly won on April 1, she believed it was all a joke. So, the first thing Suzi Dechene had to do is convince Mrs. Whitlock that her husband actually won. Once she explained the situation and assured them that it was not a joke, the couple made plans to come back to Western New York and claim the reward and enjoy the bad beat casino niagara.
An Unforgettable Experience
The whole peculiar situation even reached Seneca Gaming Corporation President & CEO, Kevin Nephew. He commented on how incredibly happy he is for the couple. Nephew added that he’s pleased that the whole ordeal had a happy ending. He further noted that he hopes that everything that happened made the visit to Seneca Niagara casino the one that Whitlocks will never forget. In addition, the company’s CEO emphasized how proud he is of his staff and all the work they took to track and inform the winner. Nephew said that nothing makes him happier than making their visitors’ dreams come true.