PINE RIDGE — A Nebraska man has claimed a $1 million jackpot at Pine Ridge’s Prairie Wind Casino, where he’d spent part of Valentine’s Day with his wife of 60 years.
Gordon “Bud” Thompson of Alliance, Neb., said his wife Donna was the one playing at the casino. He decided to try a few spins on a nearby Freedom Rings machine as he waited for her to finish.
“I didn’t even realize what had happened right away,” Thompson said. But soon, he realized that all the dinging and commotion was coming from his machine, and that he’d won about $1,037,000.
Thompson said his family — which includes three sons, 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren — is ecstatic.
“A family meeting will decide the outcome of the funds,” he said.
Freedom Rings is a three-reel stepper machine.