Hitting the big time

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by Matthew Nash
Sequim Gazette

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.


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