Donna Wins a Porsche
By Thomas LaRocca
Digital Content Marketing Manager
This week's 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet winner, Donna S., didn’t come to San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino to play.
She came to win.
"I came here to win the Porche," Donna said, "I saw last week's winner [on the slot floor] and I told him, 'don't even bother showing up this week, the car is mine.'"
A Club Serrano member for over a decade, Donna earned entries the week of July 11th before the drawing on Wednesday, July 13th and parked herself in attendance at the Tukut Lounge with the hopes of hearing her name after coming to San Manuel on a whim.
"Nobody knew that I was here," Donna said after she won. "And I was totally busted! You know, ‘cause you can’t hide something like that."
Donna was selected as one of five finalists for the Porsche, valued at $100,000 and one of four that the Casino is giving away in July in celebration of 30 years of gaming excitement.
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Each of the lucky finalists were called up on stage and were to simultaneously pull a key from a bag, with one of them the lucky key to car.
Donna was not surprised at all when she pulled the winning key.
"Oh I expected it!," she said. "Absolutely!”
"That’s why I came!"
The other four did not go home empty handed, however, winning cash prizes as Ricky M. took home $5k, Luis G. $10k, Liliana R. $15k and Lewis S. $20k.
Donna, who lives in Grand Terrace, is looking forward to driving her new ride 'around the neighborhood' and to San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino - where she will have a VIP Parking pass for the next year - and will only ride with the top down because 'are you kidding me? It's hot!'
When asked where she was going to take her first ride, the excited winner wasn't sure where she was going, but knew who she was going with.
"I called Cliff," Donna said, "Cliff is my very bestest, good friend.
"We are like peas and carrots."
Prior to calling her bestie, however, the winner had to take a selfie!
Ironically, Donna, who happens to be an Aries, had an interesting horoscope for the day of the drawing:
'Take a road you`ve never been down before or talk to someone you`ve only seen in passing.'
Guess she'll be driving a new Porsche down that road.