'Just still so surreal': Saskatoon woman wins $1.3M jackpot at Gold Eagle Casino

Thursday 28th November 2019

Debbie Vidal is the latest winner of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority's Smoke Signals jackpot, claiming $1,333,974.82 on Monday at Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford.

Talk about an unforgettable early Christmas present: A Saskatoon woman is $1.3 million richer after hitting the jackpot at a Saskatchewan casino.

Debbie Vidal is the latest winner of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority's Smoke Signals jackpot, claiming $1,333,974.82 on Monday at Gold Eagle Casino in North Battleford.

"It's amazing. And awesome, and unbelievable. And just still so surreal," Vidal said in a statement.

She said her plans include doing "something warm and wonderful" and spending some of her winnings getting her family together for Christmas.

Gold Eagle Casino general manager Kelly Atcheynum said the casino is "thrilled to be able to share in Debbie's excitement over this life-changing win."

Including the win by Vidal, the Smoke Signals progressive -- which links more than four dozen slot machines at SIGA casinos -- has paid out $40,089,621.22, including $17,898,333.79 from the top tier. Smoke Signals has been reset to $1 million and can be won at any time. The jackpot pays out before it hits $2 million.

Last year, Onion Lake welder Marlon Weekusk won $1,822,621.97 playing Smoke Signals -- the largest jackpot in Dakota Dunes Casino history. The machine Weekusk was playing stopped working, so he got up to try his luck elsewhere. As he was walking away from the machine, he heard chatter about a jackpot winner. Someone stopped him and asked if he was the one who had been playing.

"I was just in disbelief," he said in the days following his win.

In another recent jackpot win, Saskatoon's Kevin Olsen turned an average June 9 into an unforgettable day when he claimed a $1,149,131.61 jackpot on Vault Breaker. The progressive links approximately 4,200 VLT machines across Saskatchewan, and has three jackpot tiers.

Other SIGA properties are Bear Claw Casino & Hotel near Carlyle, Dakota Dunes Casino near Saskatoon, Gold Horse Casino in Lloydminster, Living Sky Casino in Swift Current, Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert and Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton.

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