Retiree wins Cash for Life

Jun 27, 2005 1:53 AM

Bally Gaming and Systems reports that its Cash For Life national progressive slot jackpot hit earlier this month at the Three Rivers Casino in the tiny coastal community of Florence, Oregon.

John T. Vanderwest, a retired United Airlines pilot originally from Chicago, won the life-changing jackpot of $1,325,180.58 on a nickel Cash For Life Higher Or Lower reel-spinning slot machine at the one-year old Native American casino located southwest of Eugene, along the banks of the Siuslaw River.

Vanderwest had only been playing the Cash For Life progressive slot a total of 10 minutes, investing a mere three dollars in nickels before lining up the life-changing winning combination. It was the second-largest nickel slot payout of its kind in the U.S.

"I was across the room at another slot machine and looked over to see John’s slot was all lit up," recalled Vanderwest’s wife Bonnie, a former school teacher. "I asked him ”˜what did you win,’ and he said ”˜I think everything.’"

While still deciding whether to take a lump-sum payout or $1,000-plus a week for life, one thing is certain for the country’s newest millionaires: "I know I get my baby grand piano," quipped Bonnie.

Cash For Life is an exciting concept in progressive slots that dares to answer the question: "Who wouldn’t want to win $1,000 a week for the rest of their life?" Featuring a progressive meter that resets at $1 million, casino customers can now play for this extraordinary, $1,000-a-week super progressive jackpot at selected casinos in Nevada, California, Michigan, New Mexico, Connecticut, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Mississippi and Atlantic City.

This national deployment of slots on the Cash For Life link includes a variety of game titles and denominations — from nickels to $5.

The Cash For Life jackpot is statistically overdue in Nevada, where a $1,728,850.51 super progressive jackpot awaits another lucky winner.