Arizona Cancer Survivor & Retired Firefighter Hits Jackpot At Local Casino
By Ginny Reese
March 26, 2021
Stanley Beard needed some luck, being a cancer survivor and a retired firefighter of 32 years.
Beard was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at only 23 years of age and was given only six to eight months to live. He beat the odds then, and he beat them again last week.
Beard won over a half a million dollars while playing the Ultimate Texas Hold 'em Progressive Jackpot at Gila River Hotels & Casinos- Lone Butte, which is near Chandler.
Beard explained the shock of winning such a huge prize.
He said, "Everyone at the table knew I won. At first, I had a delayed reaction. Then, when I realized that I won, I was very excited."
Beard is known in the community for giving back. He dresses up as Santa Claus during the holidays at a local mall, and each holiday, he would take his casino winnings and buy toys to donate to foster children.
He said, "There's an old theory that id I get a piece of the pie, you should get a piece of the pie, too."
Beard said he isn't sure what he is going to do with his jackpot winnings just yet, but said he will start with hosting a family celebration at a local resort for Easter.
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