Diane Bennett Smith of Fresno was one of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino’s first major winners this week, as she scored a $188,552 jackpot mere days after the casino reopened from a nearly 15-month-long closure.
Smith played the quarter slot machine of Wheel of Fortune to win the jackpot, and said she was “too shocked to even scream” when she saw the numbers rolling in.
She said she’d use the money to buy a new car and make some improvements to her home.
Chukchansi Gold reopened Dec. 31, after it was closed in October of 2014 due to a clash between rival tribal factions. Click here for details on the casino’s reopening, which was cheered by customers and county officials alike.