85 Year Old Wins $1 Million Three Card Poker Jackpot at Borgata

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Earlier this month an 85 year old gambler at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey won a $1 million payout while playing Three Card Poker.

Harold McDowell won the prize when he placed a $5 side wager on the Six Card Bonus variant of Three Card Poker. He was dealt out an Ace of Diamonds, Queen of Diamonds, and 10 of Diamonds, while the dealer had a King of Diamond, Jack of Diamond, and 9 of Diamond. The hand ended out triggering the game's progressive jackpot, which has never been hit and has odds of 1 in 20,348,320.

McDowell was playing at the table next to his wife, and had about $200 wagered when he hit the jackpot. "I had my back to her. I turned around and said, 'I just won a million dollars.", the winner explained. "She told me, 'You're full of crap.'"

The lucky hand comes just a day after Harold's wife was revealed to be cancer free after undergoing numerous treatments for colon cancer. With that in mind, the big winner said that it's likely that the win won't change much for the couple, but that they may make things a bit easier for their children.

"Our lives will probably stay pretty much the same, but it might get better for our children," Harold said. "It was better news that she's healthy. Money isn't the most important thing."

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Therese Williams // UK Correspondent
Therese Williams
Therese is a fervent fan of slot machines and pub fruities, often trying her luck at some of the top online casinos. She covers news for Casino Listings with a focus on the UK and Europe. Therese studied arts and creative writing at university and has written for newspapers in the UK.
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28 December 2018 - 2:43am

Wow, it is a good news and story. What a lucky grandpa!!! His wife's wife response ia so funny 🙂
I wish their longevity 🙂


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28 December 2018 - 6:17am

Haha yeah I laughed at that response too. Good luck to them, I guess it proves that you're never too old to get lucky!


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30 December 2018 - 11:13am

A classic response really 😂


" Harold said. "It was better news that she's healthy. Money isn't the most important thing."

A touching story really and a happy end, I guess life could be like that sometimes... glad for those fellows.