Boot Hill Casino & Resort Makes History
KSCB News - February 9, 2012 4:46 pm
Gale T. won a $100,000 jackpot at Boot Hill Casino & Resort February 8, 2012, the biggest state-owned casino jackpot paid to a player in Kansas to date. Gale, a western Kansas resident, came to Boot Hill Casino & Resort Wednesday after scheduled appointments in Dodge City. It’s his monthly tradition.
According to Gale, he put $10 in a ‘Five Times Pay’ $5 machine and hit ‘max bet’, using his entire $10 in one play, and hit the jackpot on the first spin.
“When the slot attendant came over, I told her I thought I won $10,000 and she said ‘No, you won $100,000.’ I told her I needed to go find my wife because no one was ever going to believe this,” Gale said.
Joe Sellens, Kansas Lottery Director of Gaming Enforcement and Audit was onsite when Gale hit the jackpot. “There were lots of hugs and handshakes all the way around. Gale sprinted across the floor to find his wife so there was definitely a huge element of excitement in the casino,” he said.
Boot Hill Casino & Resort has paid out more than $20,439,994 in jackpots since opening in 2009. When Gale was asked his favorite thing about Boot Hill Casino & Resort, he answered, “winning.”
Boot Hill Casino & Resort, located on Highway 50 in Dodge City, was the first state-owned and -operated gaming facility to open in Kansas. A tribute to the legendary fame of the Old West, the property offers gaming, dining and entertainment in a setting reminiscent of the Wild West era and features 584 electronic gaming machines, 14 table games, two live poker tables and other amenities.
Phase I of the $90 million project opened in December 2009, with Phase II targeted for completion in fall of 2012. The lottery facility games at Boot Hill Casino & Resort are owned and operated by the Kansas Lottery. The Kansas Racing Commission provides regulatory oversight for the casino.