Trump casino visitor wins $2.1 million jackpot Howard Co. man wants to remain anonymous

August 17, 1998|By Jill Hudson Neal | Jill Hudson Neal,SUN STAFF

The second pull of a slot machine handle proved to be a lucky one for a Howard County man who won $2.1 million yesterday at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

The man, a Columbia resident who wishes to remain anonymous, had been playing a dollar slot machine called Jeopardy! in the Trump Taj Mahal casino for less than half a minute when he hit the jackpot.

He took home a $106,983 check, and will receive a check for the same amount for the next 19 years.

"I put in three coins and pulled the handle," said the man, who is an ultrasound machine salesman for General Electric Medical Systems. "I saw the three symbols and wondered why no coins were coming out. Then I looked up at the jackpot line and it hit.

"I don't know why I played that machine," he said. "I just saw the Jeopardy game show sign and decided, 'What the heck.' "

Casino spokesman Blair Learn said the man, who is married with two children, rarely gambles.

"He came to Atlantic City with friends who were visiting from out of the country" and visited the Taj Mahal slot machine parlor to show them the high-priced games, Learn said. "He was absolutely flabbergasted when he won."

Learn said the man plans to pay his mortgage and begin putting money away for college educations for his daughters, 5 and 12.

The winner would not sign a release that would allow his identity to be known.

"He doesn't want his phone to start ringing off the hook as soon as the news hits the paper," Learn added. "He's really trying to avoid people who'll try to sell him things."

Pub Date: 8/17/98

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