Click your red slippers together and win a fortune
What would you do if all of a sudden you had a cool 3 million dollars at your disposal? Buy property? Quit your job and take a vacation? Save it for the future? For most of us, these are random dreams, but for a lucky few, such things actually happen.
Within the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, real lives can change suddenly in a moment. Gambling games and slot machines can be a lot of fun, with the occasional adrenaline rush of a sudden win. But for a lucky few, such wins can be major and life changing.
Take Dorothy Reynolds, for example, an ordinary resident of California, a grandmother and great-grandmother, whose life was changed forever one evening during a family vacation. Christmas came early for Dorothy when a fun family visit to her casino of choice yielded a giant win of almost 3 million dollars from a slot machine.
The Vegas experience
Dorothy is a fan of the famous Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, and routinely travels there twice a year with family and extended family to play the machines and have some fun. On this particular trip she was joined not only by her husband, but also by her daughter, son-in law, six grandchildren and even a great-grandchild for a weeklong holiday of pleasure. The whole family loves the Vegas experience!
Dorothy had been playing the Wizard of Oz machine at the casino. She was certainly showing some commitment as she spent three hours on the machine, and $500 before her dedication paid off. The win was in fact a cool 2.9 million dollars.
Dorothy’s choice of machine was no accident. In fact, because her name was Dorothy, Judy Garland’s character in the famous film, she felt that this was fated to be her winning machine.
Planet Hollywood presented Dorothy ceremoniously with the first check of her winning yield – a cool $112,222. Dorothy celebrated this first check of many by taking a trip to the slot machines to play with her daughter. Her slot machine of choice? The Wizard of Oz machine at Planet Hollywood! That shows some real commitment!
The casino’s manager was delighted with the payout, saying, “This is a place where millionaires are made.” He described it as a major aspect of his job satisfaction to see winners in the casino.
Dorothy is planning to spend Christmas with family, and decided that their Christmas presents may be something out of the ordinary this year. In the meantime, she is considering her option of whether to take the rest of the payout as a lump sum, or in increments over the next ten or twenty years. Each option has different taxation implications.
Whatever Dorothy decides to do with the handsome payment, it seems likely that she won’t be giving up on Las Vegas or the fun of slot machines and gambling pleasure any time soon! Trusting her intuition has certainly paid off for her.