December 21, 2021

Florida Nurse Hits a Slot Jackpot, Winning $112K

Leticia "Letty" Santos
Written byLeticia "Letty" SantosWriter
Researched byJavier FernandezResearcher

A 50-year-old nurse from Spring Hill Hernando Country, Florida, recently won a $112K 2022 BMW X7 M50i after playing a Double Hit progressive slot at a Tampa casino situated in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel. Duane Kelloway is among the professionals who have been taking care of Covid-19 patients at St. Joseph's Hospital-North in Lutz. 

Florida Nurse Hits a Slot Jackpot, Winning $112K

The Tampa casino has paid over $1 billion to 43,000 lucky winners of 360,000 jackpots this year. It means the casino's progressive slots record a jackpot winner in almost every minute. In celebration of this milestone, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Derrick Dewan Brooks graced the occasion to surprise the recent winner, Mr. Kelloway.

Pure luck/preparation meets a slots opportunity

In his first TV interview, Duane Kelloway stated that the news about his winning was so astonishing that he thought he would faint. He remarked it was by sheer luck that he managed to be at the right casino, playing the right slot machine at the right time. He considers the luxury SUV as a timely gift, given that his 2013 Ford Taurus has crossed almost 200,000 in mileage.

Kelloway claimed that his wife, who's a nurse too, contributed to his success. "My initial plan was to play a slot machine at the casino on Friday, but my wife convinced me to wait just one more day," he asserted. On that particular Saturday, a total of 1,100 players wagered on progressive slots within 15 minutes after the $1 billion milestone was announced; they received a $100 free play bonus.

Good news for casino players

Steve Bonner, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel president, noted that it is a thrilling moment for casino players and gamers alike. He assured Tampa players that more jackpots are being created, and another $1 billion is expected to be paid out before 2021 ends. 

Aside from dining, the resort hotel and casino is recognized for world-class entertainment, gaming, and first-rate hospitality. It offers about 180 table games, an avant-garde poker room, and 5,000 slots machines.

How progressive Jackpots work

A progressive jackpot is a special payout that builds over time as long as the players carry on with a particular game. The winning is released randomly, and the longer the jackpot remains unclaimed, the bigger it becomes. Progressive jackpots are available for many casino games, but they are most common in slots. 

The slot machine takes a certain percentage of the money for every bet wagered and puts it aside for the jackpot. The final amount can be anything from thousands to millions of dollars. Progressive slots are available in land-based casinos (e.g., where Duane Kelloway played) and online casinos.

The latest video slots featuring multiple pay lines are more likely to be part of progressive jackpots. Such games also provide bonus rounds. But most of them require the player to place a maximum bet to qualify for the draw. Once a player hits the expected combination or hand, they win the jackpot only if they wagered the right amount. It is imperative to understand the wagering requirements before playing a progressive slot.

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Leticia "Letty" Santos
Leticia "Letty" Santos

Letty Santos, a vibrant spirit from the heart of Manila, seamlessly merges her passion for Filipino culture with the exhilarating world of online casinos. Bringing a unique Filipino touch to every project, she's a gem in the casino localization realm.

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