George Hayes, a long-time resident at Golden Village Palms in Hemet, went on a desert casino-hopping trip with a friend. Fantasy Springs was their last stop before heading home. George walked up to a penny-slot Super Spin Wheel of Fortune machine and put in $40. Not long after that, he watched five Wheel of Fortune symbols line up across the center line and knew it had to mean something big. That “something big” turned out to be $1,127,123.88.
“Today is my wife’s birthday,” Hayes said. “She passed away a number of years ago. In 1985, she won a jackpot in a Las Vegas casino for $250,000, which happened to be on my birthday. Seems like it’s happened again, only the other way around.”
Hayes said he and his friend make casino-hopping trips every few weeks. On this trip, it was their turn to hit the casinos in the Palm Springs area. He said there was nothing special that stood out about the Fantasy Springs Wheel of Fortune game, but he just walked right up and started playing it.
A Letter From George
A little history of why I’m still living here and will continue to live here at Golden Village Palms RV Resort after I won over a Million Dollars on a slot machine at a nearby casino.
In April of 2005 I lost my wife of 47 years, and put our house of 35 years up for sale. I then purchased a 5th wheel and moved to Hemet, Ca to be with my daughter and son in law on their farm twenty miles outside of Hemet at the four thousand foot level. Because of the location and the one hour drive to downtown Hemet I decided to move into the area back in December of 2009. As I was already active with the local shuffleboard and lawn bowling, Hemet was the place to be. I had a lot of free time on my hands and was looking for something more to keep me busy.
I decided to try out Golden Village Palms as I used to see it next door when I was doing errands for the day. With all the nice landscaping and it seems so inviting. And it was nice to know that everything was with in walking distance, restaurants, shopping, ect. It did not take me long to decide that this was the place for me to make this my permanent home. I traded in my 5th wheel and got a park model home. Since moving to Golden Village Palms I have found a new way of life. I have become a volunteer here at the resort which keeps me busy with shuffleboard, card & dice games, helping out with the many functions and so much more. I have met and become very good friends with the other guest and snow birds. I like to also go out to the area casinos and see what the area has to offer. A long time back with my wife she won a large jackpot on my birthday and as luck would have it I hit the jackpot on her birthday wining 1.1 million. Even after my big jackpot winning I am still involved with all the activities here at the resort. It is enough to keep me busy every day. As a 75 year old senior I’m not ready for the park bench as Golden Village Palms gives me the opportunity to stay off the bench for as long as I want.
So even with my jackpot winnings I would not want to go anywhere else but Golden Village Palms.