Nanaimo Woman Lands $2.1-Million Powerbucks™ Slot Jackpot

March 03, 2022

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A $5.25 wager on a Powerbucks™ slot machine changed Nanaimo’s Erralyn Joseph’s life forever, after she won a stunning $2,129,070.54 jackpot at Casino Nanaimo on February 23, 2022. 

The Nanaimo resident is an employee and member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. She admits her Powerbucks™ progressive slot jackpot win almost didn’t happen.

“[My husband] and I weren’t originally going to go that evening. We had gone to a restaurant earlier and decided to pop over to the casino,” she said. 

Powerbucks™-linked slot machines offer players the chance to trigger the Wheel Bonus and spin the iconic wheel to win cash or even the progressive jackpot, which starts at $1-million and grows as players place bets across participating B.C. and Canadian casinos. 

Joseph is the owner of Beefeater’s Chop House & Grill in Nanaimo and says she almost didn’t even play on that particular Powerbucks™ machine.

“I was going to play Plinko, but on the other side of the floor I saw the Powerbucks™ slot machine. It was going to be one of my last plays of the night.”

On her third spin, Joseph saw she had triggered the bonus and all the arrows lined up.

“It all happened so fast, and the machine was going off saying $2.1-million. My husband and I were shocked and stunned. Once we realized how much we had won, I screamed. I don’t think we were on Earth at that time, we were just sort of floating in the air.”

The odds of winning the Powerbucks™ jackpot on a $3 wager are approximately 1 in 25 million. Created by International Game Technology (IGT), BCLC was the first Canadian gambling entertainment company to offer Powerbucks™ to its players.

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