A mum turned her luck around on Friday the 13th when she won a whopping £16,000 on a slot machine – on her second ever spin.
Debbie Maynard, 52, opted to kill some time as she avoided the rush hour traffic before heading home, so nipped into her first ever casino, and won the jackpot on her second go.
The mum-of-two, from Horsham, West Sussex, turned a £0.66 wager into £15,699.54 at a casino in Southampton after picking up her son George from uni.
Debbie said: “It was amazing – I couldn’t quite believe it.”
The family were stuck in traffic on the way out of the Hampshire city, so decided to go to a nearby casino.
She said: “It was just to kill some time so we didn’t get stuck in any more traffic on the way home.”
“I put around £10 in a machine.”
“I’m not really a gambler.”
“I didn’t even know what I was doing.”
“Some chap next to me said you need to press this button and that button.”
“I got bronze, silver and then he said I had got gold – ‘you’ve won the jackpot.'”
“I thought I had got a tenner.”
“There were no flashing lights or anything, but then it flashed up that I had won £15,699.54.”
“I didn’t even know slot machines paid out that sort of money. It’s amazing.”
“Everyone in the casino was genuinely pleased for me.”
“It was so touching.”
Casino staff paid Debbie her winnings there and then – in cash.
She added: “I was a bit worried walking out with it but luckily I had a big handbag with me.”
Debbie admitted she was not tempted to put any of her winnings back into the machine.
But, she said, her win happened on Friday the thirteenth.
She added: “The next Friday the thirteenth is in January. I might have to put another tenner in then.”
So far Debbie has splashed out modestly on only a new golf trolley to replace a previous one that she bought for £3 at a car boot sale.