106-year-old-woman wins jackpot on birthday and casino doubles it

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By James Kay

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A 106-year-old woman had an amazing birthday after she won the jackpot at a casino, with said casino then deciding to double it to celebrate her big day!

Turning 106 is a huge occasion for anyone because as the life expectancy in the US is reported to be 76.4 years, it means going 30 years over the odds.

Serafina Papia Peterson, who goes by Sarah, spent her big day at the Potawatomi Casino Hotel in Milwaukee - a tradition that she does every year.

As reported by KSHB, Sarah won more than $1,000 this year, the casino decided that her 106th birthday deserved further celebration, so decided to double her winnings.

Speaking to CBS-58, Sarah's niece, Marge Larson, said: "All of a sudden, we see ‘jackpot,’ and we looked down and she had pressed 400 by accident instead of the 50, and the jackpot was over a $1,000."

While the exact figure of how much the birthday girl took home that day remains a mystery, it's definitely over the $ 2,000 mark.

Speaking to ABC affiliate WISN-TV, Sarah said: "I’m happy to win this money. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but I’m going to make a good choice."

The casino shared in the 106-year-old's celebrations, as they posted a Facebook status dedicated to the lucky winner alongside an image of her with birthday balloons.

The casino wrote: "We would like to wish Serafina a very happy 106th birthday! We were surprised and elated to see our friend with her sparkly balloons in Potawatomi Marketplace today. Serafina’s loved ones shared that they come to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino as a group for her birthday every year. Thank you for sharing your special day with us and good luck!"

According to KSHB, Sarah has lived in Milwaukee her entire life after her parents emigrated from Sicily, and she still has a great love for Italian food.

"I want to live for my dog, he’s not a dog, he’s a person. He loves me, he takes good care of me. If I go to the bathroom and don’t show up, he comes out and looks for me," she said. "Everybody loves me and I love them too….and I also love my little dog."

Speaking of amazing wins, a teenager won $48 million on the first lottery ticket she ever bought earlier this year... try not to be too jealous.

Juliette Lamour from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, was announced as the winner of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) lottery in February.

At just 18, she became the youngest person in history to win the OLG lottery jackpot.

Juliette spoke to Global News about her enviable win, telling the outlet: "I just turned 18 and my grandfather suggested I buy a lottery ticket for fun.

"When I went to the store, I wasn't sure what to ask for because I had never bought a ticket before, so I called my dad who told me to buy a Lotto 6-49 quick pick. I still can't believe I hit the gold ball jackpot on my very first lottery ticket."

Congratulations are in order for Juliette and a happy birthday for Sarah!

Featured image credit: sweetandsour/Getty

106-year-old-woman wins jackpot on birthday and casino doubles it

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By James Kay

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A 106-year-old woman had an amazing birthday after she won the jackpot at a casino, with said casino then deciding to double it to celebrate her big day!

Turning 106 is a huge occasion for anyone because as the life expectancy in the US is reported to be 76.4 years, it means going 30 years over the odds.

Serafina Papia Peterson, who goes by Sarah, spent her big day at the Potawatomi Casino Hotel in Milwaukee - a tradition that she does every year.

As reported by KSHB, Sarah won more than $1,000 this year, the casino decided that her 106th birthday deserved further celebration, so decided to double her winnings.

Speaking to CBS-58, Sarah's niece, Marge Larson, said: "All of a sudden, we see ‘jackpot,’ and we looked down and she had pressed 400 by accident instead of the 50, and the jackpot was over a $1,000."

While the exact figure of how much the birthday girl took home that day remains a mystery, it's definitely over the $ 2,000 mark.

Speaking to ABC affiliate WISN-TV, Sarah said: "I’m happy to win this money. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but I’m going to make a good choice."

The casino shared in the 106-year-old's celebrations, as they posted a Facebook status dedicated to the lucky winner alongside an image of her with birthday balloons.

The casino wrote: "We would like to wish Serafina a very happy 106th birthday! We were surprised and elated to see our friend with her sparkly balloons in Potawatomi Marketplace today. Serafina’s loved ones shared that they come to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino as a group for her birthday every year. Thank you for sharing your special day with us and good luck!"

According to KSHB, Sarah has lived in Milwaukee her entire life after her parents emigrated from Sicily, and she still has a great love for Italian food.

"I want to live for my dog, he’s not a dog, he’s a person. He loves me, he takes good care of me. If I go to the bathroom and don’t show up, he comes out and looks for me," she said. "Everybody loves me and I love them too….and I also love my little dog."

Speaking of amazing wins, a teenager won $48 million on the first lottery ticket she ever bought earlier this year... try not to be too jealous.

Juliette Lamour from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, was announced as the winner of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) lottery in February.

At just 18, she became the youngest person in history to win the OLG lottery jackpot.

Juliette spoke to Global News about her enviable win, telling the outlet: "I just turned 18 and my grandfather suggested I buy a lottery ticket for fun.

"When I went to the store, I wasn't sure what to ask for because I had never bought a ticket before, so I called my dad who told me to buy a Lotto 6-49 quick pick. I still can't believe I hit the gold ball jackpot on my very first lottery ticket."

Congratulations are in order for Juliette and a happy birthday for Sarah!

Featured image credit: sweetandsour/Getty