Thursday, June 07, 2007

Gardener Rakes in Over $1 Million on Jackpot

18 Cent Stake Nets US$1,092,957

A 39-year-old self-employed landscape gardener from a council estate in Sunderland , UK is celebrating after raking in a jackpot of US$1,092,957 off a stake of just 18 cents, a record for the online casino. reports today that Brian Somers, who normally earns around $15,000 a year, won the PartyMega Jackpot on the Super Fortune Wheel game on the online casino last week.

"All of a sudden the screen started flashing," said Brian in an interview with "I was asked to choose six smiley faces. Four revealed golden dollars and the ticker at the top of the screen started to race and all these numbers came up. It said I had won over a million dollars. I thought it was a mistake. I turned the computer off and even unplugged it. I then logged back on saw $1,092,957.68 on the screen and got on the phone and they said 'your balance is over $1 million dollars sir.''

Brian said that he intends to use the money to secure the future of his six-year-old son Corey with his windfall. 'I'm hoping to use the money to make myself and my family secure for the rest of their lives. I want to buy a house, go on holiday and get a new car. I also want to expand my gardening business.'

Brian said that his previous biggest win was £40 on the UK National Lottery and that he might also use his winning to purchase a Sunderland FC season ticket.

"We've seen some big winners in our time but for someone to win so much from just 18 cents is truly remarkable and is a record win,” said a spokesman. “Brian is a great guy and deserves it and we wish him and his family all the very best for the future."