Bowler wins $10 million

by Bob Johnson 0

John Johnson of Golden, Colo., rolled a 552 series in the USBC Open Championships at the National Bowling Stadium, and won $10 million.

As you might suspect, there's a little more to the story...

The National Bowling Stadium is located in Reno, Nev., where there's plenty of legal gaming available.

When Johnson arrived at the Reno airport, he got off the plane, walked over to a bank of Megabucks progressive  slot machines, and deposited $20 in one of the machines. A few minutes later, he had won a jackpot valued at $10,422,754.08.

That's right, he not only won $10 million, but he did it at the airport —

generally referred to as the place where the city grabs the last few dollars out of your wallet as you prepare to board a plane for home. Talk about long odds...

"When it hit, we all kind of looked at each other and wondered what happened," Johnson said. "I kept telling my wife that something was going to go well this week, whether it was bowling or winning something, but I never could have imagined winning $10 million."

There was no report as to whether Johnson bought a round of drinks for his squad at the National Bowling Stadium. As was reported last week, drinking is now allowed during competition in the USBC Open Championships.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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