LONDON, June 6 /CNW/ - Brian Somers, a 39-year-old self employed
landscape gardener from a council estate in Sunderland, UK, is celebrating
after raking in a record PartyCasino.com jackpot of US$1,092,957.68
(GBP551,000) from an 18 cents spin (9p)!!!
Brian, who earns between GBP5,000 - GBP10,000 a year, won the PartyMega
Jackpot on the Super Fortune Wheel game at the online casino last week and
such a big jackpot from such a tiny stake is a world first.
Brian had deposited $100 (GBP50) the day before. "All of a sudden the
screen started flashing," said Brian. "I was asked to choose six smiley faces.
Four revealed golden dollars and the ticker at the top of the screen started
to race and all these numbers came up. It said I had won over a million
dollars. I thought it was a mistake. I turned the computer off and even
unplugged it. I then logged back on saw $1,092957.68 on the screen and got on
the phone and they said 'your balance is over $1 million dollars sir.'"
"The way I see it is that this is the perfect amount of money to win. I
will just be more relaxed in my life going forward. I've just got a permanent
smile on my face, like those smiley faces that brought me my win! I'm the
luckiest man alive."
"I got my mate Stevie to come around, who was doing some painting and
decorating next door. He was more excited than me as I was in complete shock.
I was speechless. Stevie didn't go back to the painting that day - he just
left the pots on the floor in the house next door."
Lucky Brian is a separated father of one but intends to secure the future
education of his six-year-old son Corey with his windfall. His mother lives
just down the road and his two brothers and three sisters all live in the
local area. "I'm hoping to use the money to make myself and my family secure
for the rest of their lives. I want to buy a house, go on holiday and get a
new car. I also want to expand my gardening business. I have turned down jobs
because I hadn't got one of those big motorized mowers and definitely want to
get one of them."
"I will give my Mom whatever she wants. I want to do a nice job on her
back garden - get a new patio and some nice garden furniture. I've done the
front garden already but now I've got enough money to do the back."
Brian has been in London staying at an exclusive five star hotel in
Kensington with his brother Sean, 37. "I got a call from a client and I said I
wasn't available for a little while but had some news for her when I got back.
My mate 'dozy' Dale has already rung up and wants the van for nothing. Isn't
that cheeky?" During the week in London they have been sight seeing and also
think they spotted pop star Michael Jackson sneaking into a building across
Brian is a big Sunderland FC supporter and now they are back in the
Premiership is thinking about getting a season ticket. His previous biggest
win was GBP40 on the National Lottery.
A PartyCasino.com spokesman said: "We've seen some big winners in our
time but for someone to win so much from just 18 cents (9p) is truly
remarkable and is a record win. Brian is a great guy and deserves it. We wish
him and his family all the very best for the future."
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