First ‘Cash for Life’
hits in California

Feb 10, 2004 12:47 AM

The first-ever Cash For Life national progressive slot jackpot hit on Monday, Feb. 2, at the Thunder Valley Casino near Sacramento, according to the game’s manufacturer, Bally Gaming and Systems.

Melvin Henry Hawkins, a 28-year-old culinary arts student from Sacramento, won the life-changing jackpot on a $1 Cash For Life Triple Spin slot machine at the popular Native American casino located just northeast of the California state capital.

Hawkins and his friend were gambling at the casino on Monday evening when his friend suggested that he try playing the Cash For Life slots. Hawkins was playing aggressively on a Cash For Life Triple Spin machine by betting the maximum with each pull. Hawkins put in approximately $100 on the lucky $1 machine when he lined up three Cash For Life symbols for the big win.

Hawkins ”” who can choose between a one-time payment or nearly $1,300 per week, every week for the rest of his life ”” plans on using his winnings to take care of his four young children and possibly open his own catering business when he finishes his culinary training.

Cash For Life is an exciting new 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 life-changing, $1,000-a-week super progressive jackpot at selected casinos in California, Michigan, New Mexico, Connecticut, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Nevada, Mississippi and Atlantic City.

Currently, as of Feb. 4, Cash For Life is statistically overdue in Nevada, in which a $1,380,217.54 super progressive jackpot awaits another lucky winner.

In Mississippi, the Cash For Life jackpot is at $1,131,733.50, and in Atlantic City, the Cash For Life jackpot stands at $1,225,510.10. The Native American link, spanning six states ranging from California to Connecticut, automatically reset at $1 million after Hawkins’ jackpot.

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

Bally Gaming and Systems designs, manufactures and distributes advanced gaming devices and systems worldwide.