The Saskatechewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) may be under financial scrutiny, but no one can quarrel over a recent transaction: In early September a Canora-area man won nearly $1 million in a jackpot at the Painted Hand Casino in Yorkton.
Retired farmer Emile Chandonnet dropped some money into a slot machine and suddenly found himself in the possession of $985,969 more than he had when he walked in, SIGA said in a release.
“We are very excited to present this landmark payout to one of our lucky patrons,” said Zane Hansen, SIGA President and CEO, in a press release on September 1 after Chandonnet’s lucky flick of the lever. “The Smoke Signals jackpot has been growing since October 2010. The excitement this jackpot has generated at our casinos has been tremendous. On behalf of SIGA I would like to congratulate Mr. Chandonnet on his big win!”
A thrilled Chandonnet said he was going to “soak in a pool,” according to the SIGA release.