Christmas has come early for Cathy Rulea, the Morris County mom who hit it big playing the aptly named Millionaire Genie at HarrahsCasino.com. According a statement released by HarrashCasino.com, she “spun her way to New Jersey’s largest online jackpot — $1,334,641.22 — when the randomly awarded payout hit after her 15-line bet cracked open the Genie’s Treasure Chest.” Ruela said she likes Millionaire Genie, the slot game is generous with free spins and has won her smaller prizes in the past.

This marks the first seven-figure online casino prize ever won in New Jersey, and the third-largest casino prize in New Jersey history, including those who play at the casino.

“I was just in a little bit of shock when it hit,” Ruela said. “You know when I’m at Harrah’s Atlantic City, there’s bells ringing and people all come over, and it gets verified by a staffer right there. So when it hit on HarrahsCasino.com, I stared at the computer screen for a moment trying to digest it all. But I’m happy to report it indeed is the same as in the physical casino, and even better I got to celebrate in my pajamas at home.”

It’s comforting to know she plans to spend the money wisely, paying off her mortgage and tuition for her son’s college. She also said she plans to take her family away for a welcomed winter vacation. Hopefully somewhere sunny! We all can use a break from this early winter snap! It’s a dream come true.

Congratulations Cathy! And to all of the other big winners to come…