Published on November 28, 2014 in Big Winners

Jackpot Winner CathyRWhen 31 year old Cathy Ruela, kitted out in her comfy pyjamas, loaded up the Harrah’s online casino software little did the “$20 here, $20 there” slots lover know that she would be making New Jersey history as the first online casino winner to walk away with over a million dollars in jackpot winnings.

Ruela, already a patron of Harrah’s brick and mortar casino, joined the online version of the brand on a free spins offer. Having a trusted land-based casino launch a legal online casino for New Jersey players proved to be fortuitous for this family of three who intend to take the $1,334,641.22 windfall and pay off their mortgage, setup an education fund for their son and then go on what we can only imagine will be the most relaxing vacation ever! 

The most endearing part of this story is how Ruela was initially not even sure how much she had won. “Not being much of a gambler” Ruela certainly had never thought the few dollars she spent on slots would do more than net her a few hundred dollars here and there. So much so that after being awarded a random Genies Treasure Chest bonus on the rich Millionaire Genie video slot she was still not sure if she had won "$1 million or $1,000”!

It was only after calling a representative of the casino that she was 100% convinced that she was now a millionaire!

Adrian Bailey, the Vice President of Harrahs Online Casino, stated that it was “awesome to give away life-changing money” to one of their patrons. Besides being a great draw card for casino it is also fantastic PR for the Garden State as it celebrates its First Birthday as a regulated online gambling market.