Hastings Entertainment Incorporated

Hastings Entertainment Incorporated

February 24, 2009 12:56 ET

Media Advisory: East Vancouver Resident Wins B.C. Gold Jackpot at Hastings

'Mystery Hit' Worth a Whopping $198,736.49

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2009) - Mrs. Gemma Risi of East Vancouver watched in disbelief as the numbers flashed before her eyes Sunday at Hastings Racecourse: $198,736.49.

Playing 27 credits a spin on a two-cent B.C. Gold 'Wide Area Progressive' slot machine, Mrs. Risi had the Hastings gaming floor buzzing with her 'Mystery Hit' jackpot.

"I probably will plan a trip but first I have a mortgage to pay," Mrs. Risi said. "I like to visit Hastings once a week because it is a comfortable, friendly place and the staff are very nice. I meet my friends there - mostly on Sundays - and we always enjoy ourselves." Mrs. Risi's friends were cheering loudly when Hastings Gaming Manager Darren MacDonald presented her with a cheque early Sunday evening. "I couldn't believe it," Mrs. Risi said. "It was a dream come true."

Hours of operation at the Hastings gaming floor are 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

With the 2009 thoroughbred season opening the weekend of April 18-19 at Hastings Racecourse, the adjacent gaming floor featuring 600 slot machines adds to the facility's allure as one of the Lower Mainland's most popular entertainment destinations.

This year's Hastings meet runs from April 18 through Nov. 8.

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