Casino News: Player Wins $3 Million Pai Gow Poker Jackpot, Indiana Honors 600 Error-Caused $5,000 Lottery Wins

Indiana Lottery Ticket Error

This week’s casino news starts off with one of the biggest casino wins of all time. A player has cashed taken home a life-changing amount of money thanks to Pai Gow poker. Here’s the latest:

Man Wins $3 Million In Pai Gow Poker Hand

One of the attractions of Pai Gow Poker is the potential of a juicy jackpot and one man has just hit it big.

One of the greatest jackpots of all time just cashed as a man known as John C. John was playing Pai Gow Poker when he found himself with a seven-card straight flush in hearts. That hand gave him a huge score of $3,040,756. This jackpot was able to grow so much because it is a progressive jackpot game.

This incredible win took place at the MGM National Harbor Casino over in Maryland. The property opened up in 2016 but hasn’t ever seen a win of this caliber since that date. Some odds say that the chances of John winding up with this hand were 1-in-600,000.

In case you were wondering what Face Up Pai Gow Poker was, it is a head-to-head type of game that pits players against the dealer. In this type of game, the dealer’s seven cards are dealt face-up while the player gets seven cards of their own.

Indiana Set To Honor $5,000 Lottery Wins After Game Error

The Indiana Lottery put forth a sign of good faith after the game went through some type of error. After a new scratch-off was released to the public, 600 people came forward and thought that they had won $5,000. Apparently, there was a problem in the game and it caused all of those scratch-offs to end up as wins. The Indiana Lottery started an investigation into the problem to try to never let this happen again down the line.

The scratch-off in question here was the $20 Golden Jackpot Fast Play game. This first started on March 20th and the problem arose when players reported that they couldn’t confirm the winning tickets that they had.

The state has made it clear that they will be paying these people the $5,000 that they thought they had won in this game. It isn’t clear how many of the 600 tickets will wind up getting redeemed by players, but anybody with a winning ticket has been told to head to to set things straight.

Chicago Mayor Releases Shortlist For Casino License

The bidding war for a casino in Chicago is starting to heat up and the shortlist has become shorter. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the city has three bidders still in the running to purchase the property. These three bidders are now able to move forward into the next step of this process. According to the shortlist that was announced, the bidders are Bally’s Corporation, Hard Rock, and Rivers 78.

The mayor has the responsibility of choosing one of the three final offers to submit to the City Council to get everything approved.

As it stands right now, the casino is expected to reel in about $400 million a year in gaming revenue for the state of Illinois. All of these operators are hoping to get in on some of that action with their different proposals and layout plans.