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After Wife Cleared from Cancer, Grandpa wins $1Million on $5 Bet in Casino

Tags: Borgata Casino, Harold McDowell, jackpot.
Posted on 28 December 2018 by "T".

McDowell, age 85, hit the $1M jackpot at the Borgata Casino Hotel and Spa with just a $5 bet.

This year's Christmas is very generous to this 85-year-old pensioner, as he got two wonderful gifts: 1) the doctor has told them that his wife has been finally cleared from cancer, and on the same week 2) he hit the jackpot worth $1 million at a casino with just a $5 bet!

Harold McDowell has been supporting his wife who underwent many surgeries for liver cancer and multiple hospital confinements for colon cancer, but at long last those hardships ended on Friday, December 21 when the doctor confirmed that his significant other was clear and ultimately free from the clutches of this devastating disease.

Then on the next day (Saturday, December 22), Harold and his wife went to the Borgata Casino so that he can play a few games that afternoon. He never thought this simple session at a poker table would make him an instant millionaire.

Harold, a retired public works director, said to the New York Post about his win, "It must be luck of the Irish." Referring to his wife's complete recovery and his $1 million win he said, "They're both great news."

Harold bet a humble $5 in a poker game but incredibly managed to obtain a six-card royal straight flush of diamonds!

His odds of winning were 1 in 20,348,320, according to the Borgata Casino. He was dealt a Queen, Ace, and 10 (all diamonds) whereas on the dealer's hand it was a Jack, King, and 9 (also in diamonds).

He said that his wife was by his side when he struck the jackpot, "I happened to be playing next to my wife. I had my back to her. I turned around said: 'I just won a million dollars'." then she told me, "You're full of crap."

When the win was confirmed and the reality of it had sunk in, the couple was frozen with joy. He said, "I was dumbfounded. I sat there like an idiot." He then added about his wife's health, "It was better news that she's healthy - money isn't the most important thing."

After his jackpot win, the casino took at least $200,000 in taxes.

While the elderly couple says that their life will most likely stay the same, it will definitely change the lives of their beloved children. But of course, the couple plans to treat themselves to a celebratory cruise using some of the money that Harold won. He said, "Our lives will probably stay pretty much the same. But it might get better for our children. Maybe we'll take a cruise."



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9 comments on "After Wife Cleared from Cancer, Grandpa wins $1Million on $5 Bet in Casino"

 godoy28/12/2018 15:44:26 GMT
more than the money that this gentleman has won is the news of his wife if he heals that blessing of deuse that present to select with much good thing that this money will be very good for them to have fun in the rest of the life that they have and that they help each other and have fun together now with 1 million in your pocket and better still
 CALICUL28/12/2018 16:19:38 GMT
Every man with his luck.
This man had a great luck, if the game it was a casino live.
When it's electronic or online you can win a jackpot faster, but live is very hard.
Chances are very small to catch 9, T, J, Q, K and A diamonds.
Santa Claus was very generous with both spouses.
A very good gain for them. Big Smile
 pajalnick29/12/2018 05:33:06 GMT
Apparently this is a situation when you have to press Darkness What you need to press would always like to win in winnings but not always it turns out a pancake therefore Sometimes you get small winnings left 3 days before the New Year I would like to see the New Year which are on this site.
 dule-vu29/12/2018 11:48:17 GMT
I must admit that I understand how he got this royal flush with 6 cards,because in text is that he got 3 cards and on dealers hand are 3 cards also,but ok its great that he got 1 million!great amount for somebody who have 85 years!
when I see how much he will "lose" on tax,its such a shame!you win 1 million and then they took from you 200 000!sick Aww crap!
 godoy01/01/2019 13:30:31 GMT
the year starts much happier for this couple of candles that good that they won and this money will make a lot more difference the most important news was his wife cure of the cancer thats yes and jakpot to celebrate vamoooooooooooo

 doubletop77702/01/2019 08:04:04 GMT
I do like to read about these sorts of things and this story did make me smile. I can only imagine the euphoria of this week and i really hope that they can both enjoy the new Year with this extra windfall
 damosk02/01/2019 10:02:26 GMT
This is a very nice story. It would be interesting on a lie detector test to see which one created the greatest satisfaction for the gentleman. Only kidding......... of course it would be winning the million...LOL..... but seriously.....can the two events truly be compared? Anyway...... either would be welcome to all of us regardless of which was the best.

Happy Christmas news too!!!!!!!
 dule-vu03/01/2019 09:00:56 GMT
too bad that they didnt won this kind of amount,when he was younger,to enjoy more in this money with his wife,but in other hand he can leave something good for kids and grandkids!its nice to see that he got luck after problems with his wife!nice story!
 Tony_MON7ANA16/01/2019 16:16:44 GMT
Wow, this is incredible! Absolutely gigantic congratulations to Harold McDowell, who won the $1 million prize! His wife, his family and friends must be very happy for him. I just can't imagine how it feels winning such an enormous amount of money.

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