Dubois woman hit nearly half-million dollar jackpot at Wind River Casino

NOTE: At 5 p.m. Thursday the Wind River Casino corrected the name of the winner to be Vonna Smith. The story has been updated. 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – With the push of a button, Vonna Smith was $477,489 richer.

On August 31, the Dubois resident won the largest jackpot in the history of the Wind River Hotel and Casino. Taking her once a month visit to Wind River with her twin sister, Smith sat down to play her favorite in-house progressive slot machine and looked forward to a Sunday afternoon of fun. When the perfect numbers hit, Henke was overcome with shock.

“I said, ‘I did it,’” she said. “My heart was beating fast…I was overjoyed.”

Embracing her sister who was playing in the 8-ball Battle Pool Tournament, Henke said, they jumped up and down while the casino staff and other customers cheered and congratulated her.

With the jackpot, Smith, 77, plans to pay off bills and enjoy the life changing money. One thing that won’t change is Smith’s monthly visit to Wind River. She plans to make a visit later this month.

“Wind River has been so good to us,” she said. “I am very happy.”

The Wind River Hotel and Casino is located two miles south of Riverton, Wyo., and is owned and operated by the Northern Arapaho Tribe. The largest casino in the state, Wind River features weekly and monthly promotions including the upcoming “It’s Your Turn to Win,” event starting September 27. Prizes include cash, an ATV and truck. Please visit windriverhotelcasino.com for more information.

–The Wind River Hotel and Casino is a County10.com Community Partner

The winning total is displayed on the casino's progressive slot. (WRC photo)

The winning total is displayed on the casino’s progressive slot. (WRC photo)