Christmas miracle? New Jersey man wins $1 million on $5 bet at Borgata Casino

/ CBS News

A New Jersey man got an early – and unlikely – Christmas present when he won $1 million on a $5 bet at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Saturday. It was the first time in the resort's 15-year history a $5 wager netted such a prize, CBS Philadelphia reported.

The casino tweeted that the lucky winner, identified as Harold M. of Lakewood, N.J., put $5 on the Three Card Poker "6 Card Bonus" wager.

The man was dealt a 10, Queen and Ace of Diamonds, while the dealer held a 9, Jack and King of Diamonds.

That gave the winner a "6 card Royal Straight Flush of Diamonds" – and a million bucks.

Christmas came early for Harold M. of Lakewood, NJ yesterday! He bet $5.00 on the Three Card Poker “6 Card Bonus” bet and hit a 6 card Royal Straight Flush of Diamonds for a $1,000,000 win. https://t.co/UbTU6mCwqS pic.twitter.com/n72l1Eh8zz

— BORGATA (@BorgataAC) December 23, 2018

According to CBS Philadelphia, experts say the odds of hitting the flush are one in 20,348,320. By comparison, the odds of winning the $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October was roughly 1 in 300 million.

First published on December 24, 2018

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