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Hitting the big time
by Matthew Nash
With the push of the button, Jaimie Giffen’s life changed in an instant.
The property manager and Sequim resident of four years won more than $1,034,000 on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 7 Cedars Casino. She bet $2.50 at 5:33 p.m. on the Rocky Mountain Gold series, a one-cent video game machine.
Giffen said she was at a VIP event with her sister and they went from the main stage area to take a break and gamble.
“We sat down and put $20 in it and hit the buttons,” she said.
“It’s definitely a miracle. After taxes, it’s a lot. I’m able to pay off my house and my sister’s house and help my family.”
Giffen said the most she’s won at 7 Cedars before was $1,000.
When asked if she had any other big plans, she said she bought a new suitcase on Tuesday for a previously planned vacation to Arizona, her home state.
“The timing couldn’t have been more perfect,” she said.
The casino reports this is the seventh gold series machine to award a top prize in 2011.
Jerry Allen, CEO of 7 Cedars, said that this is the first million-dollar jackpot hit at the casino.
“We couldn’t be happier for Ms. Giffen,” Allen said. “To have a million-dollar winner at our casino is thrilling for our entire organization.”
Giffen said she has no plans to quit her job because she loves it.
For more information on 7 Cedars Casino, call 683-7777.