As the festive season draws to a close, most of us have blown through our life savings and have nothing to show for it. I reckon a $1 million windfall could only be but a dream to most of us. An 85-year old Irish, Harold McDowell, however, has a reason to smile. He won Borgata’s $1m jackpot.
According to experts, the chances of winning the jackpot were 1/20,348,320. As a matter of fact, it has never been won.
Harold McDowell $1m Royal straight flush
Harold happened to be playing Three Card Poker at Atlantic City Casino alongside his wife. Instinctively, he placed a $5 bet on the six card bonus. He was dealt an Ace, a queen, and a 10-all diamonds. The dealer had a king, a jack and a nine(all diamonds). That meant Harold had a six-card straight royal flush which was worth the $1 million payout.
Speaking to New York Post, Harold couldn’t hide his excitement. “It must be the luck of the Irish,” he remarked.
Apparently, they were not playing on the same table with his wife but had their backs to each other. When McDowell realized he had just won $1m, he turned and told his wife the good news. She playfully replied, “’You’re full of crap” as reported by the New York Post.
For Harold McDowell, the 2018 December will forever replay in his mind. A few before he won the Borgata’s most elusive jackpot, his wife had been declared cancer free. Mrs. McDowell was diagnosed with Liver and Colon cancer. Her cancer only went to remission after undergoing quite a number of surgeries over the last few years. In the space of just a few hours, his wife was declared cancer-free, and he won $1m. What are the odds!
To him, good health for his wife meant more than winning the $1m. “Our lives will probably stay pretty much the same, but it might get better for our children,” he continued. “It was better news that she’s healthy. Money isn’t the most important thing.”
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