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84 year old millionaire !!

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Posted: April 20, 2006, 8:09 am - IP Logged

I hope she chooses cash !! Congrats !!!!!

DD 

 

Widow, 84, Wins Record $10M Slot Jackpot


Associated Press Writer

For 84-year-old Josephine Crawford, the golden years just got a lot more golden. About to call it quits after a night playing slot machines, the Galloway Township widow hit a $10 million jackpot late Tuesday, the biggest in the history of casino gambling here.

The retired waitress knew when the nickel slot machine's bells went off that she'd won something but didn't know what. When a slot attendant at Harrah's Atlantic City casino told her it was $10,010,113.48, she didn't believe him.

Josephine Crawford, 84, of Galloway Township, N.J., talks to reporters Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Crawford made Atlantic City casino history Tuesday when she won more than $10 million on Megabucks, a progressive slot machine linked to hundreds of others in Atlantic City's 12 casinos. She is standing in front of the winning machine. (AP Photo/Jose F. Moreno)

"I said, 'Oh, come on.' But he just stood there and I figured, why is he staying there?" she said Wednesday.

Crawford, who has been gambling in Atlantic City casinos since the first one opened in 1978, had never won more than $1,000 at a time before. She still hadn't decided Wednesday whether to take the money in a 25-year annuity or in a lump-sum payment of more than $5.5 million, but she has 21 days to make that call.

Either way, she's not planning a spending spree.

Crawford, a petite, gray-haired great-grandmother, lives with her daughter, drives a 2006 Honda Civic and has no plans to buy a new car or a new house. But she's always wanted to see Italy, where her parents grew up, and she wants to share the wealth with her two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

"Somehow, I'll spend it. I'll spend it at the casino, and I might go to Vegas," said Crawford, who spent 27 years waiting on tables before retiring in 1992.

The jackpot was won on Megabucks, a progressive slot machine linked to hundreds of others in Atlantic City's 12 casinos. With progressive slot machines, a portion of each bet goes toward the citywide jackpots, which start at $1 million.

The previous biggest Atlantic City jackpot was $8.5 million in 1994.

Crawford, who gambles in Atlantic City casinos twice a week, had never won more than $1,000 before.

She was playing alongside granddaughter Alicia Weeks, 27, when they tried to find an open Wheel of Fortune machine. They couldn't, and were headed to their hotel room when Weeks saw the red numbers on a Megabucks machine's jackpot marquee blinking $10 million. She suggested they try it.

"She said, `Oh, that's a nickel machine. I don't want to play,'" the granddaughter recalled.

But they did. After spending about $20 with no luck, Weeks suggested they move on. Crawford said no, she wanted to play $20 more. She was down to her last $5 in credits when she hit.

"I'm just happy I won it, for my family — although they don't need any help," said Crawford, who celebrated with family members in a dinner at the casino. She had one glass of wine.

It didn't take long for word of her luck to spread. Three men proposed to her after she won.

"Their wives were there, too!" said Crawford. "One of them told me, 'You can have him.'"

 

                               

              

 

 

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    Posted: April 20, 2006, 8:19 am - IP Logged

    Thanks for posting this story.  Warms the les of my heart.  It's nice to see some average people win the lottery.  Should make her golden years that much more golden.

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      Posted: April 20, 2006, 8:20 am - IP Logged

      DD that was a good one ! ROFL

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        Posted: April 20, 2006, 8:49 am - IP Logged

        Congrats to her,,,funny how she might take the 25 year annuity....

        I suppose I'll sit back and wait for Cash Only to catch wind of this one!Lurking


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          Posted: April 20, 2006, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

          The cash option is obvious. Even if she was 24 instead of 84.

          How come she has only 21 days, instead of 60?

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            Posted: April 27, 2006, 1:30 am - IP Logged

            How sweet!

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              Posted: April 27, 2006, 1:34 am - IP Logged

              The 21 days is because it's not a state lottery it's a private corporation. Either that or they have low expectations of her health. I like how they say she drives a 2006 Honda and doesn't plan on buying a new car. Maybe because she already has one.

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                Posted: April 27, 2006, 1:50 am - IP Logged

                i think she ought to take annuity.it'll give her something to look forward to each year and give her something to strive for......

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                  Posted: April 27, 2006, 2:39 am - IP Logged

                  The 21 days is because it's not a state lottery it's a private corporation. Either that or they have low expectations of her health. I like how they say she drives a 2006 Honda and doesn't plan on buying a new car. Maybe because she already has one.

                  I guess the reporter doesn't think a Honda Civic is a car that a millionaire would want to drive!  Maybe she'll consider trading it for the new Civic Hybrid. Smile 

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                    Posted: April 27, 2006, 2:42 am - IP Logged

                    i would love one of those hybrids.i think the guy off MASH did a big show on those late one night.alan alda i think it was.....

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                      Posted: April 27, 2006, 7:18 am - IP Logged

                      Awesome! Thanks for posting.

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                        Posted: April 27, 2006, 7:51 am - IP Logged

                        That's funny she says she might just play it backROFL

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                          Posted: April 27, 2006, 8:20 am - IP Logged

                          That reminds me of a scene from one of my favorite TV shows that only had one season on FX a couple of years ago  :  "Lucky".

                          Lucky was played by John Corbett and upon winning the poker championship and the one million dollar prize, reporters asked him what he was going to do with all that money and his reply was " lose it " ...

                           

                                                         

                                        

                           

                           

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                            Posted: April 27, 2006, 8:11 pm - IP Logged

                            That was a very happy story.. Thanks for sharing it..

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