Clearwater River Idaho Casino Player Wins Record $1.5 Million

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Posted on: Jul 24, 2022 11:48 am.

Last updated on: July 24, 2022, 11:48 am.

One lucky winner won over $1.5 million at Clearwater River Casino & Lodge. It’s the biggest jackpot ever at the Lewiston, Idaho lot.

Idaho's Clearwater River Casino & Lodge
Idaho’s Clearwater River Casino & Lodge, pictured above. A woman won over $1.5 million at the Tribal Gaming Grounds last week. (Image: Visit North Central Idaho)

Linda Jorgensen of Lewiston won $1,541,533.11 on Thursday, the casino announced in a Facebook post.

Jorgensen hit the jackpot at a wheel of fortune Cash Link video game machine (VGM). She had bet $4.50.

We are delighted to see that one of our customers has won such a large amount,” said Dan Kane, the casino’s general manager, in the post. “A few years ago we had a winner for over $600,000, but that $1 million win is considered a life-changing amount.”

wheel of fortune is manufactured by International Game Technology (IGT). It is a wide area progressive that is electronically linked to other gaming offerings.

On Friday, IGT sent a technician to Clearwater Casino to verify the payout. The maximum jackpot has been set at $500,000.

Lewiston is 267 miles north of Boise, Idaho. Clearwater Casino is owned and operated by the Nez Perce Tribe. The tribe also owns and operates It’se Ye-Ye Casino in Kamiah, Idaho.

IGT millionaires

Since January, wheel of fortune Slot machines have produced more than 1,100 millionaires and awarded more than $3.3 billion in jackpots since 1996.

IGT says its popular title made two more gamers millionaires in March. A wheel of fortune Triple Gold Terminal at the Bellagio in Las Vegas realized $1.48 million. A wheel of fortune Triple Red Hot 7s grossed more than $1.31 million at the California Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas.

Across the country at the Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort in Connecticut, another lucky player won $3.8 million on April 4th. The Connecticut Tribal Resort said the jackpot was the biggest wheel of fortune Slot win on the Uncasville property in almost 20 years.

A player won over $1.3 million playing a slot machine at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino on June 2nd. The Fremont Street Historic Venue is located in downtown Las Vegas.

The jackpot was $1,342,414.70. was won on a wheel of fortune slot machine too.

Another player hit big, also on a wheel of fortune slot machine. It was at the D Hotel and Casino, also in downtown Las Vegas. The D reported that on May 4th, the slot player hit a jackpot of over $1.4 million.

Wildfire is temporarily closing the casino

Last week, an express fire near the Clearwater River Casino was 100% contained by Tuesday, Nez Perce County emergency management officials said.

The casino had to be temporarily closed, as did portions of Highway 95 Big country news, a regional news site. The fire broke out last Sunday. As of Monday evening, the wildfire was about 70% contained. It was about 2,000 hectares.

The US Forest Service helped fight the blaze with fixed-wing water and fire-retardant tankers. Helicopters with buckets of water also approached. A four-man smoke jumper crew also jumped on the fire, with crews on helicopters.

Also responding were nine locomotives from state, provincial, tribal and local departments. The Clearwater-Potlatch Timber Protective Association sent in a bulldozer.

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