ESTERO — An Estero woman hit the jackpot at the Seminole Casino Immokalee on Monday and walked away with $252,829, according to a casino spokesman.
Part-time Estero resident Kathleen E., who told casino representatives that she didn’t want to release her full name, won on the 25-cent Wheel of Fortune slot machine.
Kathleen told casino representatives that she typically plays table games, but hit a hot streak on the slots.
“It was working for me. I had won $130,” she said to casino representatives, according to a press release. “Then it worked for me big time.”
The slot Kathleen won is considered a “progressive machine” that’s part of a network of machines in more than 300 casinos, explained Dan Mackey, a spokesman for the casino. Every time someone plays on one of the network machines, the jackpot increases throughout the network. More players equal bigger prizes.
According to the casino’s press release, Monday’s winner is a mother of two and originally from New Jersey with an Estero vacation home. Monday’s win was only her fourth trip to the casino.
And what is she doing with her prize?
“We’re going to put the money in a 21-year annuity, have fun with some of it and use the rest to pay bills,” Kathleen said. “And go on more vacations.”
Mackey said big jackpot winners are not as common in Immokalee as they are in some of the bigger network casinos, but Immokalee is known for producing some of the biggest jackpots.
Christopher Detzler, of Bonita Springs, set the record in Florida by winning $3.5 million on a $5 slot in August 2009.
“When they do hit here, they seem to hit big,” Mackey said.