Jose Lopez, a Lynnwood self-employed painter, won $2.4 million on a progressive slot machine at Tulalip Resort Casino on March 20. This beats the previous $1.1 million record at the casino, and is the largest known slot machine win at any casino in state history. (Photo provided)

Jose Lopez, a Lynnwood self-employed painter, won $2.4 million on a progressive slot machine at Tulalip Resort Casino on March 20. This beats the previous $1.1 million record at the casino, and is the largest known slot machine win at any casino in state history. (Photo provided)

With $5 bet, Lynnwood man hits $2.4 million slots jackpot at Tulalip

Jose Lopez won the highest slots payout in the state’s casino history on the game Golden Charms.

LYNNWOOD — A self-employed Lynnwood painter won a $2.4 million slot jackpot on March 20 at Tulalip Resort Casino.

It’s the largest known slot machine win at a Washington casino in state history, a Tulalip spokesperson said.

Jose Lopez, 39, hit the jackpot shortly after midnight on a Golden Charms progressive slot machine. He played the machine on a whim, urged by his girlfriend.

Lopez, a regular Tulalip guest, won $20,000 in the past, but on a different machine. He typically plays the Triple Fortune and Buffalo Gold slots. The casino has 2,400 slot machines.

Tulalip’s previous jackpot record of $1.1 million, in February 2020, was also on the Golden Charms progressive network of machines.

Golden Charms is inspired by historical events, famous characters and episodes from ancient Chinese myths. The layout has a 50-payline setup. In order to win, it takes a maximum $5 bet and the jackpot fish to be on one payline, according to a Tulalip video.

The exact amount Lopez won on his spin was $2,369,748.95.

That translates into a lot of quarters, and a few dimes.

Most was on paper.

“He took home some cash, but the majority was in a check,” said Dan Miller, casino spokesperson. “They withhold 25% tax.”

That’s about $600,000, leaving a balance of $1.8 million.

Not bad for a $5 bet. And a lesson that guys should listen to their girlfriends.

Andrea Brown: abrown@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3443. Twitter @reporterbrown.

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