Jenks Woman Wins $1.3 Million Jackpot At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Friday, June 17th 2011, 2:31 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- A Jenks woman is $1.3 million richer thanks to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa.

Linda Mix, who works for Tulsa Public Schools, says she recently started playing Williams "Wizard of Oz" one-cent electronic game.

"You know how we Americans like to spread out and not sit right beside someone," Linda Mix said. "So I sat at the one at the end, put my money in and started playing the game by betting random amounts."

Mix says she fell in love with the game a few years ago while attending a conference with a friend in Las Vegas.

She discovered a similar "Wizard of Oz" game and her friend won on it.

"I really like the game. I'd been looking for it and just found it [at Hard Rock] recently," said Linda Mix. "I won on it before. I always play it when I come out."

Mix won $500 shortly after sitting down.

She said after winning an amount that size she usually spins an additional three to five times before cashing out. It was the fourth spin that changed everything.

"I wagered $1.20, $1.20, $4.80, $4.80," Linda Mix said. "I never realized it was a progressive until the machine went into shock and it read ‘progressive' multiple times on a single line. Then it was $1 million."

She said she knew instantly what she would do with the winnings.

"I'm thankful that I get to pay off my student loans. I have nearly $100,000 in loans that I no longer have to worry about taking to the grave," said Linda Mix.

Mix said she also plans on buying a house with enough space that her mom can be on one end and she can be on the other.