Some victories at the casino are bitter-sweet and some are downright tragic. Tragedy struck one young lady named Cynthia Jay Brennan in the year 2000. As a cocktail waitress, she had had a lot of experience in the casinos and decided to take a holiday to Vegas as a treat for herself, her then boyfriend and her mother. While there, they hit an incredible jackpot on the slots – the state maximum was $35m, and that’s precisely what they won that fateful day.
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After getting married and organising a round the world trip, they planned how they would enjoy the money including giving up work. Just a couple of weeks later, tragedy struck. Cynthia and her sister were hit by a drunk driver. Her sister was killed instantly and Cynthia’s injuries were so horrific (shattered spine) that she would have to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair and needing around the clock care.
Cynthia Jay Brennan’s slot machine win was one of the biggest ever recorded in Las Vegas, but today her and her husband said they would give it all back so she could walk again and enjoy their previous life.