It began as a normal Valentine's Day for Gordon "Bud" Thompson of Alliance, Nebraska. Normal, that is, until he won more than $1 million!
While he was waiting for his wife who was also playing at Prairie Wind Casino, Bud decided to play a few spins on a nearby machine.
At first, he didn't even know he had won. "I didn't even realize what had happened right away!" said an ecstatic Mr. Thompson. But Bud soon realized that something big was happening, he was the winner of $1,037,375.93.
When asked what he would do with his winnings, he replied that, "A family meeting will decide the outcome of the funds". Bud's family, including his wife of 60 years, Donna, his three sons, Mike, Chris, and Gerald, his 12 grand children, and 17 great-grandchildren are all extremely excited and amazed by his over a million dollar win.
Bud was playing on Freedom Rings, a three-reel stepper machine from the Gold Series line from Rocket Gaming Systems®.