North Naples woman who won $1M jackpot taking time off to help sick sister

— Dawn Olitsky’s luck has changed.

The North Naples resident won $1 million as the champion of the “Seminole $1 Million Slot Tournament” held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood eight days ago.

“It’s kind of a godsend,” Olitsky, 41, said. “If I ever have some kind of luck it’s usually bad luck.”

Ever since then, it’s been “crazy exciting,” while also overwhelming, Olitsky said.

Now after winning, Olitsky will be able to spend more time with her 45-year-old sister, who is diagnosed with brain cancer.

The brain tumor started growing two years ago and her family didn’t find out until the end of May. Also, two years ago, Olitsky’s father died of prostate cancer.

“It’s going to give me more time to be flexible to go see her,” Olitsky said.

Olitsky has been working since she was 12 and says she has no plans on quitting both of her jobs.

For now, Olitsky, who is currently a local Realtor and a night manager at Pelican Larry’s on Davis Boulevard, is taking off some time at the bar and grill. Yet, Olitsky said if the restaurant needs help she would work again.

“It makes me feel good to see that good things happen to good people,” said Jon Clayton, a partner of Pelican Larry’s. Clayton said Olitsky goes out of her way to make people have a good experience.

Olitsky got into the tournament in Hollywood after placing third at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee where she often plays slots.

Her visits to the Seminole Casino Immokalee vary from once a month to four times a month, she said.

Each “Seminole $1,000,000 Slot Tournament” entry included a four-day, three-night stay for two, two tickets to the Ice Breaker cocktail reception, two tickets to the awards banquet and an official tournament shirt.

Olitsky went with her husband of 12 years, Andrew Olitsky.

It is the first time the Seminole Casinos guaranteed a $1 million payoff to a slots competitor in the tournament.

Olitsky doesn’t plan to spend her jackpot on expensive items for herself. Instead, she’s going to share it with her family and save for retirement.

Clayton said he doesn’t think it’s going to change her and said she will remain grounded.

The only difference is she is $1 million richer.

Connect with Tracy X. Miguel at www.naplesnews.com/staff/tracy_x_miguel/

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