Christmas Day Jackpots at Indian Casinos in California

Two of the largest Indian casinos in California gave away two huge Christmas Day jackpots over the weekend.

One woman at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California, won a $300,000 jackpot on a slot machine Christmas morning. The woman, who’s from just outside Los Angeles, declined to give her name. She won the jackpot on the 5 Times Pay 10 Times Pay With Quick Hit Progressive slot machine.

Meanwhile, just north of Sacramento at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, one lucky gambler won $134,087 in the casino’s progressive Thunder Strike Jackpot on Christmas. The gambler, Michelle, won the jackpot on the Red Hot Enchiladas slot machine.

Thunder Valley called the jackpot a “stocking stuffer” in its Twitter announcement. That could stuff a whole lot of stockings.

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The Thunder Strike Jackpot is a progressive jackpot wired to all 3,400 slot machines in the casino. It ranges from $50,000 to $150,000, and it resets after a gambler wins. As of Tuesday morning, the jackpot was at $55,039.35.

Pechanga is the second-largest casino in California, behind only Yaamava’ Resort & Casino in Highland. Pechanga boasts 5,400 slot machines, 152 table games, a 38-table poker room, and 200,000 square feet of gaming space. It also features a hotel with more than 1,000 rooms and a 25,000-square-foot spa.

Thunder Valley is the fourth-largest casino in California and the biggest of the Northern California casinos. It offers guests 3,400 slot machines, 110 gaming tables, a 50-table poker room, and 270,000 square feet of gaming space. There’s also a 400-room hotel and 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater.

Other California Casinos Jackpots

Some other recent jackpots handed out at California Indian casinos include:

  • Rolling Hills Casino and Resort: $16,821 on Triple Gold Bars (Dec. 26)
  • Spotlight 29 Casino: $10,000.20 on Dragon Links (Dec. 26)
  • Yaamava’ Resort & Casino: $10,065.12 on 5 Dragons Grand (Dec. 26)
  • Eagle Mountain Casino: $50,000 on 5 Times Pay 10 Times Pay (Dec. 25)
  • Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino: $15,000 on Quick Strike Major (Dec. 25)
  • Yaamava’ Resort & Casino: $26,944 on Jewel of the Dragon (Dec. 25)
  • Pala Casino Spa & Resort: $45,250 on Lucky Tiger (Dec. 24)
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Matthew Bain

Matthew Bain started as News Editor and Content Manager at California Casinos in 2022. Before that, he spent six years as a sports reporter and then deputy sports editor for the Des Moines Register, during which time he won nine statewide journalism awards, including the Genevieve Mauck Stoufer Outstanding Young Iowa Journalists Award. As deputy sports editor, Matthew oversaw the Register's recruiting coverage while also innovating the outlet's high school sports coverage. Matthew graduated from San Diego State and grew up in California, but he's somehow a Boston Celtics fan. Long story.