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Rockland Woman Among Recent Hudson Valley Six-Figure Jackpot Winners

"Mel" from Larchmont won big on this "Wheel of Fortune" slot machine at Empire City Casino on Friday.
"Mel" from Larchmont won big on this "Wheel of Fortune" slot machine at Empire City Casino on Friday. Photo Credit: Contributed

A slot-player made the 12-mile trip from Larchmont to Empire City Casino in Yonkers nd returned home $150,000 richer on Friday.

That’s a great mileage reimbursement – $12,500 per mile.

The jackpot winner identified only as “Mel” hit for exactly that sum at 9:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, parlaying a $15 wager on the $5-denomination Wheel of Fortune slot-machine located in Empire City’s Grand Victorian Room.

It was the second straight six-figure jackpot hit by a "local" Hudson Valley resident. On Sept. 17, Antoinette Marcelin of Spring Valley took home $119,481 after making a $5 wager on the $1 denomination Bally's Quick Hit Black and White Jackpot ‎machine in the Gotham Palace.

Mel’s $150,000 score was the 11th six-figure jackpot of the year at Empire City.

Two others involved Westchester County residents over the summer. Nancy of Mamaroneck $2 on a penny slot machine called Fireball and walked away with nearly $140,000 on July 1. And Tommy of Yorktown Heights won $320,000 on Aug. 11 after wagering $200 on the 3x4x5 Double Diamond, according to casino officials.

A casino spokesman said players can "expect more heat on the Wheel of Fortune machines" since a pair of $900,000-plus jackpots are currently up for grabs.

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