Arizona Resident in San Diego Awaiting Medical Treatment Hits $127,482 Jackpot on Barona's Penny Slots

40-Cent Bet Turns Into Six-Figure Win for Mesa, AZ Man

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 5, 2012) - A Mesa, Arizona resident turned 40 cents into more than $127,000 at Barona Resort & Casino over Labor Day weekend while playing a penny slot machine.

Michael E. was at Barona with his girlfriend to celebrate her birthday when he made a 40-cent bet on a "Cash Spin" penny slot machine and hit the $127,482 jackpot. The couple has been staying in San Diego as Michael awaits treatment for a serious medical condition. Both were shocked by the win, which served as a great surprise for a couple that has recently faced challenging times.

"At Barona we are all about creating special moments for our players and it really was an amazing moment on our casino floor when Michael hit a jackpot he never expected to win," said Rick Salinas, general manager of Barona Resort & Casino. "The enthusiasm of the couple and everyone around them was exactly the kind of feeling we strive to give our guests."

Known as San Diego's loosest casino, Barona offers 2,000 video poker machines and slots, monitored by The Barona Loose Troop® to ensure they are the loosest around. Additionally, the casino features over 80 table games including Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud, Barona Craps, Three-Card Poker, Four-Card Poker, Mississippi Stud, Let It Ride, Baccarat and Barona Roulette, as well as the latest innovations in chipless gaming including Chipless Roulette™, Chipless Three-Card Poker and Chipless Blackjack™.

About Barona Resort & Casino
Barona Resort & Casino, a AAA Four Diamond rated property, blends the best of San Diego's leading resorts with the gaming excitement of Las Vegas. LEED® Gold Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, Barona is San Diego's leading destination resort featuring 400 guest rooms and suites all with beautiful views of the Barona Valley, a variety of award-winning dining options, the AmBience Day Spa, a full-service events center and the 18-hole championship Barona Creek Golf Club, rated the 3rd best resort course in California by Golfweek magazine. For Barona Resort & Casino reservations and information, visit, or call toll free 888-7-BARONA (722-7662). You can also join Barona Resort & Casino on Facebook®, Twitter and YouTube today.

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