Million Dollar Jackpot Win an Answer to Family's Prayers

Barrie man wins $1.78M, now able to care for elderly mother

RAMA, ON, Sept. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - A family's prayers were answered this morning when a Barrie man won over $1.7M! Roger Berube (54) won the close to two million dollar jackpot playing one of the 14 Megabucks Progressive slot machines today at Casino Rama.

While waiting for his wife to join him from Barrie, Roger revealed that the jackpot win was an answer to the family's prayers as it allowed them to return to Quebec to care for his mother.  "My mom is getting older and last week she fell and we realized she could no longer live alone", said Roger. "We had planned to move back to PQ to help, but this win takes away all the stress and is an answer to our prayers".  In fact Roger's wife, Brigitte, didn't believe him when he called her immediately after the win to tell her.  He had to have a Casino Player Service team member take the phone and confirm the amazing news before she'd believe her husband was now a millionaire.  Berube has been playing the Megabucks slot game for years never believing that he could win the big jackpot, and is still in shock over winning what he thought was "impossible".

"We're thrilled that Mr. Berube's dream was able to come true with us", said Harry Oshanski, President & CEO of Casino Rama, adding "Making the impossible possible; that's why Casino Rama is known as the home of Big Time Excitement".

This $1.78M dollar win marks the eighth time the MegaBucks jackpot has been won at Casino Rama -  this February a Huntsville man won over $3.1M, last September a Clifford resident won $1.1M, last August a Toronto man won $1.7M, the $9M Canadian slot jackpot record was won on March 23rd, 2008 by a Toronto woman, another Toronto woman won over $1.8M on December 23rd, 2002, a local Orillia woman won over $2.1M on February 4th, 2005 and a Sudbury man won $1.2M in July of 2005.

MegaBucks was introduced in June 2001 to Ontario. The games are currently offered at the following locations: Casino Rama, Casino Niagara, Niagara Fallsview, Casino Windsor, OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie, OLG Casino Brantford, OLG Casino Point Edward, OLG Casino Thunder Bay, OLG Casino Thousand Islands, OLG Slots Georgian and OLG Slots Woodbine. All eleven casinos are linked to the MegaBucks jackpot that begins at $1 million and continues to climb until a customer at any of the eleven properties hits the winning combination with a qualifying wager. A secondary progressive jackpot beginning at $5,000 can also be won. In order to win the primary jackpot, a player must enter a max bet of $3 per spin. Secondary jackpots can be won without max bet.

Operating since July 31, 1996, Casino Rama is Ontario's only First Nations commercial casino. The Casino offers a complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, 10 unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment Centre, and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

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