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Tuesday was a lucky day at Valley View Casino for Jessie Ablang

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    Jessie Ablang stands at Valley View Casino with his wining prize.

    Tuesday was a lucky day at Valley View Casino for Jessie Ablang.

    The Poway resident scored a nice post-holiday treat when he won nearly $400,000 playing the penny slots on Tuesday night.

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    Ablang was down to his last five cents on the slot when the machine suddenly froze. He thought that it was broken and got the attention of a nearby Valley View Casino employee.

    When a manager told Jessie that his machine was not broken and that he had just hit the casino’s internal mystery progressive Colossal Coin jackpot for almost $400,000, Jessie’s immediate response was “I did?!”

    Ablang received a giant check on Wednesday afternoon from the casino president. When asked how he would spend his winnings, he said he would likely use the money to pay for his house.