Shelley Araki was on her way out of Elements Casino for the night when she decided to try her luck one last time.
She sat down at a Powerbucks progressive slot machine, pushed a button and the screen above her started flashing. At first, she thought she had won $100 – and she was excited about that.
But the numbers on the screen kept climbing.
Turns out, she won $1,157,664.03.
“I looked up and saw it had hit the jackpot,” said Araki, who lives in Surrey. “I didn’t believe it at first. I kept thinking, ‘Really? Is this happening to me?”
Araki hit the jackpot just after midnight Aug. 20 and on Thursday (Sept. 1), she was presented with a cheque for $1.1. million by Tom Maryschak, BCLC acting director of operations and Michael Worth, the general manager at Elements Casino.
Years ago, Araki had a dream that she won the lottery, so she felt that one day she would win a big one.
She has no concrete plans yet for what she will do with the money. She does not plan on retiring but will use some winnings to ensure her family is taken care of.
She says her son encouraged her to do something she would usually never do, like go on a big shopping spree or travel.