The high roller, a 49-year-old father of two, was playing on a slot machine on Saturday night in the Casino Joa de Gérardmer in Vosges, eastern France, when he hit the jackpot, wrote the Ouest France newspaper.
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, spent just €1.50 on the “bandit-manchot” slot-machine and pulled the lever just before 2.30 in the morning, winning almost €6 million in the process. The casino was due to close 15 minutes later.
As luck would have it, this late night spin won the “Magic Jackpot”, which totaled 5,875,836 euros – and is the second largest French casino windfall in history.
According to the official website, the “Magic Jackpot” is a progressive jackpot tied to nearly 300 slot machines in over one hundred casinos in France, all feeding one gigantic pot. The jackpot is responsible for the four biggest casino wins in French history, and was launched in September, 2009.
While Saturday’s 5.9 million comes in second place, it was just over a year ago that the record €9.4 million was won in March last year in Port-Crouesty. The pot has now dropped to 2,010,909 euros.
The winner, who lives some 30 kilometres from the casino, claims that the winnings will be used for spoiling his two children, something he has long wished to do.