Shirley scoops record £20,000 slot machine jackpot at Reading casino

A lucky customer has scooped a record £20,000 jackpot for just a £1 stake on a slot machine at a Reading casino.

Amazed Shirley Stiborski won the huge prize at the Genting Club in Richfield Avenue after being encouraged by her husband Peter to have a go on the Fort Knox machine and its Lobster Mania game.

The £20,000 jackpot is the maximum allowed under UK gaming legislation and Shirley may be the first in the UK to claim such a sum.

Shirley said: “I could not believe it, I don’t normally play this machine but my husband said ‘you have to give it a go because it’s on (the maximum) £20,000 jackpot level’.”

The couple live in High Wycombe and have been regular visitors at the Reading casino since 1998.

Mother-of-two Shirley, who runs her own catering company, said: “The highest prize I have won in the past is £4,000. With this win we plan to go on a Caribbean cruise.”

General Manager Jimmy Howard said: “We are thrilled for Shirley. The jackpot starts at £10,000 and can pay out any time whilst the level increases to the maximum of £20,000 as people play the linked machines. This has been resting on the highest level of £20,000 for a few weeks now and so we have been waiting and hoping for it to pay out.

“Our sister club Genting Club Westcliff in Essex has paid slightly lower level jackpot levels several times already and we had the machines installed at the same time. The machines are completely random, but who knows, perhaps this is the beginning of a run on the jackpots in Reading being paid out.”

Jimmy added: “It is the first time the £20,000 jackpot has been won in a Genting casino in the UK and we’re not aware of any others who have had such a big winner on the slot machines. The prize is the biggest permissable under UK gaming rules.”

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