Dale Valentine, 61, a retired firefighter from San Leandro was playing a Megabucks slot Thursday on his way to his second home near the Twin Pine casino in Middletown when the lucky logos began lining up, The (Santa Rosa) Press Democrat reported.
"I was just sitting there looking at it," Valentine said. The machine made progressively more noise, but "there's not the kinds of bells and whistles you'd think" with a multimillion-dollar payout, he said.
California Megabucks is a progressive slot machine gambling device linked with other state-wide Indian casinos, said Tim McGlynn, the casino marketing director.
Valentine is a regular slot player whose previous personal-best was an $8,000 win, the newspaper said.
After he phoned his wife with news of his $8,430,301.44 jackpot, Valentine told her: "I won some money. I won a lot of money."
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