New Philadelphia woman first million dollar Horseshoe Casino winner

Published: Jul. 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM EDT
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DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Heidi B. is Northeast Ohio's newest millionaire. The 54-year-old high school counselor was crowned the first winner of the $3 Million Summer Giveaway by Horseshoe Casino Cleveland and ThistleDown Racino on Saturday, July 20.

Heidi and her husband were having dinner at Horseshoe Cleveland's Spread Buffet when her name was randomly drawn and announced among a large crowd of hopeful casino guests. Heidi froze in disbelief, then fellow guests began clapping and yelling her name.

"We just swiped our (Total Rewards) cards but I never dreamed I'd have the lucky swipe," Heidi said.

Maybe it was her favorite slot machine – Lucky 88 – that gave her such good fortune. Heidi admits that she and her husband play the same machines whether they're at Horseshoe or ThistleDown, and they're not necessarily high rollers.

"We like to play the penny slots and two-cent slots, and sometimes the five-cent machines," said Heidi, a resident of New Philadelphia.

When asked what she and her husband plan to do with their winnings, Heidi said she's going to pay off her mortgage and save some money for retirement, but she won't retire just yet. Heidi plans to start the school year along with her colleagues and the children she counsels.

Beyond that, Heidi said she and her husband haven't thought about what they'll do with their new-found wealth.

"It's kind of surreal," she added.

Horseshoe and ThistleDown will choose two more millionaires on August 10 and September 1.

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