Alice Rakowsky won a slots jackpot in one of the most-unique ways possible – fainting.
The 100-year-old was playing penny slots at the Meadows Casino in Pittsburgh. She suddenly fainted, and her head hit the spin button as she was falling.
Rakowsky discovered that she was $200 richer after waking up and pulling herself back up to the machine.
“We told her [about the payout] when she woke up,” said Debbie Junstrom, one of the elderly lady’s daughters.
Rakowsky will be Fine after Fainting Episode
One might think that the reason why Rakowsky fainted is because she’s old and in poor health. But Junstrom says that fainting is something that runs in the family.
This means Rakowsky will be in good health to celebrate her mini slots jackpot.
Back Story on Rakowsky
According to the Pittsburgh Gazette, Rakowsky is a lifelong Pennsylvania resident.
She was born in August 22, 1917 in Avella. The sixth of nine children, Alice’s family moved to Pittsburgh’s Oakwood neighborhood not long after she was born.
Rakowsky worked at a factory on Pittsburgh’s North Side as a young woman, making pots and pans. She met Edward Rakowsky, her future husband, at a street fair in Carnegie.
He worked at Columbia Steel & Shafting Co. in East Carnegie. The two were married at Carnegie’s St. Ignatius Catholic Church on August 24, 1940.
The couple had two daughters in Junstrom and Arlene Brown.
Alice began working as a waitress at Village Dairy in Westwood after her children were grown up. And she truly enjoyed her job.
“She loved it there,” said Junstrom . “She loved talking to the people.”
Junstrom went on to say that her mother was an excellent cook and baker, who became well known for her spaghetti sauce and holiday nutbread.
Alice and Edward loved to travel to Atlantic City for casino visits. He passed away in May 2010 after being married to Alice for 69 years.