Palm Desert woman hits $2.6M jackpot playing penny slots

Susan Cupit was playing Bally's Hot Shot Progressive video slots in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - After winning $1,500 on Bally's Hot Shot Progressive video slots in Las Vegas Friday night, Susan Cupit is probably glad she didn't abide by the idiom, 'quit while you're ahead', because she won $2.6 million playing the same machine on Sunday.

According to a release from Bally's Technologies, Cupit is a 57-year-old homemaker from Palm Desert. She ended up winning $2,690,428.99 while playing Bally's one-cent denomination video slots at The Palazzo at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

"It made that click sound and stopped on the jackpot. I thought, 'I must have won something big'", she said. "I knew it was a progressive but I never looked up. All of a sudden I had 100 people crowding around me saying I'd won $2.6 million."

Susan said her husband was relieved they'd be able to live comfortably in retirement. She said that with her massive winnings, they would also do some remodeling on their house and could now fulfill their dream of buying a motorhome and traveling the country after her husband retires.

"We just celebrated our 39th anniversary," she said. "I'm very happy I could do this for him."

Cupit and her husband, Mark, are originally from the Seattle area, where they raised their two sons. They used to gamble in Reno but since moving to Palm Desert, they visit Las Vegas every few months and stay at The Palazzo.

"You always say, 'I'm going to hit the big one, but you never really think it's going to happen,'" she said.  "I'm really taken aback by the amount of people, complete strangers, that are just so happy for me. Truly, I've never had more hugs and handshakes and smiles. It's been just an absolutely wonderful experience."

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