HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A Fort Lauderdale woman walked into the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino earlier this week to celebrate her 60th birthday. She walked out a millionaire.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, won a $3.8 million jackpot Thursday morning playing a $1 slot machine.
It was the largest payout ever at a Seminole Tribe of Florida-owned gaming property.
The woman, who was staying the night at the new guitar-shaped hotel, had wagered a $5 bet before the jackpot was won.
"I am in absolute shock," she said. "You like to dream big but that's really big. That's not even in the ballpark of what you think you can win. That's a lottery. It still feels like a dream."
Although the earnings put her in a new tax bracket, the lucky winner said she'll be modest in her spending.
"We're talking about hurricane windows," she said. "We talked about resurfacing the pool or maybe getting a nicer condo after retirement."