April 18, 2014
Reno, NV ‐ An 81-year-old Reno woman hit a jackpot equaling $11,798,514.65 Wednesday while playing Megabucks at Bonanza Casino.
Helena Stencel and her nephew played after having lunch at the casino, inputting about $100 before the jackpot hit.
“I was shocked. I didn’t know what to do,” said Helena, who recently moved to Reno from Yreka, California to be closer to her family. When asked if she knew what she wanted to do with the money, Helena responded, “No plans yet, too early.”
This was the largest jackpot win at Bonanza Casino. The biggest before this was $1,877,473.56, won while playing Wheel of Fortune.
“At Bonanza Casino, we are all very excited to have one of our guests hit the Megabucks jackpot. We couldn’t be happier for Helena and her family," said Russ Sheltra, co‐owner of the Bonanza Casino.