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Jonathan ZaunApril 29, 2019
April 29, 2019

Cancer Survivor Scores Six-Figure Online Slot Jackpot in NJ

A former online casino skeptic was converted on Wednesday, when her last $10 slot spin triggered a massive $139,852 online slots jackpot.

The lucky winner Pamela – a 49-year-old who works for a local energy company as a benefits manager – preferred to keep her last name anonymous for now. But the Deptford, New Jersey resident was happy to tell Rush Street Interactive – operator of the PlaySugarHouse.com online casino platform where the jackpot was won – how the life-changing spin went down.

According to Pamela, who has been in remission for five years after a cancer diagnosis, she was just about to call it a night before making one last bet on the Divine Fortune slot game.

In a press release issued by Rush Street Interactive, Pamela described her immediate reaction after her screen lit up with a six-figure slot score:

“I couldn’t believe it was real. I woke my fiancé but he didn’t believe me and went back to sleep. So I called my parents, who also didn’t believe me. So I turned to my six dogs and told them, but they could care less. They were just waiting for their bedtime treat.”

Perhaps her relatives shouldn’t have been so quick in their dismissals, as Pamela has prior experience pocketing an online slots jackpot.

Back in October, after paying a visit to the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pamela took a $15,000 jackpot payout home to New Jersey. At the time, she preferred brick and mortar casinos to the online arena. However, the October win convinced her to give the PlaySugarHouse.com platform in New Jersey a shot.

As she recounted to Rush Street Interactive, Pamela only started playing online after boosting her bankroll at the Philadelphia venue:

“I was skeptical about winning online, but after hitting the jackpot at the casino, I felt lucky and decided to try PlaySugarHouse.com. Now I’m a believer you can definitely win online!”

Divine Fortune Lives Up to Name in Garden State

Designed by iGaming software provider NetEnt, the Divine Fortune slot features a 5-reel, 3-row, 20-payline layout.

And while the ancient Greece theme is well-rendered by NetEnt’s slot engine, the game’s real draw is a three-tiered progressive jackpot with its six-figure Mega Jackpot payout.

Back in August of last year, an anonymous woman playing Divine Fortune on the PlaySugarHouse.com mobile platform – during a company conference call no less – triggered what was then a record jackpot of $287,945 for the game.

As luck would have it, the Betfair online casino wound up breaking that record only two days later when a player used Divine Fortune to win $314,341. All told, since debuting in New Jersey in early 2017, Divine Fortune has paid out $2,753,642 in jackpots – which the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) defines as reportable payouts of $50,000 or more.

Pamela’s haul of $139,852 puts her in eighth-place on New Jersey’s all-time Divine Fortune jackpot rankings:

All-Time Divine Fortune Jackpot Rankings for New Jersey

Jackpot Amount Online Casino Date Bet
$314,092 Betfair 8/4/18 $1.00
$287,945* Play SugarHouse 8/2/18 $2.00
$271,268 Golden Nugget 8/24/17 $10.00
$240,027 Golden Nugget 6/7/18 $2.00
$224,357 Golden Nugget 12/11/17 $10.00
$193,737 Play SugarHouse 3/27/18 $1.00
$146,418 Golden Nugget 9/26/17 $2.00
$139,852 Play SugarHouse 4/24/19 $10.00
$136,629* Betfair 11/1/17 $10.00
$132,396* Betfair 7/7/17 $1.00

*Denotes jackpot won using the site’s mobile platform

Winner Maintains Perspective on Massive Online Slots Jackpot

In light of her recovery from cancer, Pamela told Rush Street Interactive that while the online slots jackpot is certainly sweet, nothing beats a clean bill of health:

“I can now pay off some big bills, but nothing compares to being diagnosed cancer free and waking up every morning to new day.

My luck has certainly improved though, this was my second jackpot hit in less than a year!”

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