Prince Albert Nurse wins $1.15 million jackpot

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When Doris Staflund walked into the Northern Lights Casino on Thursday she didn’t expect to walk out a millionaire.

“SIGA Casinos has added one more millionaire to the province with a Smoke Signals Jackpot win of $1,159,434.80,” said Richard Ahenakew, manager of the Northern Lights Casino. “This is a historical jackpot for both SIGA Casinos and Saskatchewan as it is one of the largest slot machine prizes ever won in here.”

Smoke Signals is the largest progressive jackpot, linked to all six SIGA casinos. The jackpot starts at $250,000 and builds up as people play.

Staflund, a registered nurse from Prince Albert, had a number of appointments on Thursday morning and decided to take a break at the casino.

“I had been away from the house since 7 a.m. -- I had gone for lab tests and a doctor’s appointments and about at 10:30 a.m. I was done I think,” Staflund said.

Since the Smoke Signals jackpot had not been won, Staflund thought she would pop in and put $20 in the machine.

“I couldn’t get in (at first) so I went and played one more game and it fizzled out. It didn’t give me anything,” she smiled. “I came back and the two places were empty so I sat down and put a $20 in. I think I played a total of $16 and then it came.”

At first, the win didn’t register in Staflund’s mind.

“I saw one star and thought oh well, that’s $4, then I saw two and was wondering what the two would win me,” Staflund said. “ I wasn’t really paying attention when the third one came on and I saw it. I thought it was $100,000. I wasn’t even thinking of this amount. It was quite a feeling.”

Within minutes Staflund was surrounded by other casino patrons, employees and security.

“It was quite an experience,” she said.

Although she has contacted her family and let them know she won more than $1 million, Staflund thinks the first people she told about her win were co-workers.

“I had to take time off -- I’m on call so I had to get someone to cover so I could be here today,” she laughed. “I phoned work to see if I had appointments and had them cancel it. I did go in this morning but I was useless.”

She isn’t sure what she will do with the money yet.

“It is going in the bank first and then I will meet with my financial advisor and we will decide,” Staflund said. “I am not doing much with it right now. My head is not steady enough to decide what I want to do.”

Staflund may be a millionaire, but she is not quitting her job yet. She plans to work a bit longer and just retire sooner than she thought.

“I had already retired from the north so this was a part-time job,” Staflund said.

She wants to consider all the options before making any rash decisions.

“I haven’t had time to think this through,” Staflund said. “It is too big and too important not to do it the right way … There will be (a vacation) but I don’t know when.”

Organizations: Northern Lights Casino, Prince Albert

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  • Bigloon
    March 07, 2014 - 21:13

    Good for her. She sounds like a nice person. Very deserving of the windfall.