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Heart attack survivor Philip Hayo and his wife spent a recent Tuesday afternoon playing in the matinee game at the newly opened Pechanga Bingo. In the last few minutes of the round, Philip said he was nearly given another heart condition. The Murrieta, Calif. couple had been playing multiple bingo cards simultaneously on their handheld gaming devices provided by Pechanga. Philip recounted that he knew he had a bingo, but he said that a split second after he nudged his wife about it, she looked over and saw he had bingo across the “green line,” meaning he had won the progressive jackpot amount of $22,159.00. “It all happened so fast,” said Philip. “I had a heart attack several years ago and this excitement worried me for a second but told myself the sensations were completely different. So, instead of a blurting out a little puny ‘Bingo,’ I jumped up and yelled it.” Pechanga Bingo officials told Philip that his jackpot amount is extraordinary for the game and big wins like his certainly do not happen every day.

Philip and his wife said they played Bingo at Pechanga when it first opened in 1995 and were amazed to see the modern facility that opened to the public on July 4th. When asked what he would do with the money, Philip said he would be spending it on his wife.

Pechanga Bingo features an ultra-modern and comfortable environment for bingo players seven days a week. High stakes and low buy ins provide excitement and the chance to win big. The 14,000-square foot bingo facility ushered in players with a Grand Opening the afternoon of July 4th. With 700-seats, state-of-the-art TV monitors and gaming consoles, as well as the time-honored paper bingo cards, free soda, water and coffee, Pechanga Bingo offers the most unique and inviting playing atmosphere nearly anywhere in the country.

To date in July 2013, Pechanga has paid out nearly $15,000,000 in winnings. Up to the minute stats on how much players have won at Pechanga can be seen online at