Woman wins $2.5M jackpot at Tampa casino

Nov 28, 2008 8:47 PM

Staff & Wire Reports |

According to the St. Petersburg Times, a coupon-cutting former social worker hit it big this week at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, winning a $2.5 million jackpot.

Saying she was inexplicably drawn to the Tampa casino on Tuesday, 57-year-old Terese Moore felt lucky when she plunked money into a Wheel of Fortune machine. Lights flashed, music blared and the screen in front of her displayed the winnings: $2,551,037. Moore, who isn't a casino regular, began sobbing.

She plans to use the money to help her daughters and grandchildren, and donate some to her church.

The Land O'Lakes resident and her husband are going to Las Vegas with some friends on Friday a trip planned well before the impromptu casino run this week. But Moore says they aren't using any of the jackpot money.