Tue, Jan 1, 2:29am by Staff Writer
A punter in the United States has defied the odds to win a cool $1 million on the eve of the New Year. 85-year-old Harold McDowell hit a six card Royal Straight Flush playing Three Card Poker on December 22 according to the Borgata Casino Facebook page.
Mr McDowell, a New Jersey native bet just $5 to win his massive prize.
According to the casino, the odds of a six card Royal Straight Flush were one in 20,348,320.
The unlikely win came just one day after doctors gave his wife a clean bill of health after she had battled liver and colon cancer in recent years.
“It was better news that she’s healthy – money isn’t the most important thing,” Mr McDowell told The New York Post.
He added that the couple plans to give most of their winnings to their children.
Borgata Hotel & Casino is located in Atlantic City, New Jersey and is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.
The casino hotel features 2,002 rooms and is the largest hotel in New Jersey. It opened in July 2003 and is the top-grossing casino in Atlantic City.
There is a 15,000m2 casino floor with approximately 4,000 slot machines, 180 table games and 50 poker tables.
The World Poker Tour conducts poker games at the casino, which features daily poker tournaments and high-stake tournaments.
For weekly events, buy-ins range from $30 to $1,000.
It is the only racebook in Atlantic City and also has extensive online gambling operations after launching its mobile sports betting app PlayMGM in July 2018.
The main hotel town at Borgata is 431 feet tall and was opened in conjunction with the casino in 2003.
While Mr McDowell won big at Christmas, there remains one lucky lotto winner in Australia who is a millionaire and may not even know it.
Last Saturday’s $30 million Saturday Lotto Megadraw yielded several division one winners, with many of them yet to come forward to claim their winnings.
In Victoria, three division one winners have failed to claim their $1,764,705.89 prize.
A ticket purchased at Ocean Grove Tatts and Cards was one of 17 division one winning entries to share in the $30 million prize pool.
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Another division one winner who purchased their ticket at Stud Park Lotto in Rowville in Melbourne’s southeast has also failed to claim their prize.
In the small town of Elmore in Victoria’s northeast, a division one ticket has been left unclaimed after being purchased from the Elmore Newsagency.
Across Australia there were 17 division one winning tickets last Saturday including eight in Victoria, two in Queensland, two in New South Wales and the ACT, four in Western Australia and one online.
The winning numbers in TattsLotto draw 3907 on Saturday 29 December 2018 were 9, 33, 39, 30, 2 and 17, while the supplementary numbers were 22 and 41.
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