My wife and I, the owners of the Nautilus Resort, owe the fact that we own such an amazing piece of property to Lady Luck. One day, she was smiling down upon us and, as a result, we are now the proud owners of one of the most beautiful resorts in New Zealand. Some might go as far as to say that we are the owners of one of the most beautiful properties in the world. We will not disagree with them there.
Not Just Cricket Fans
If you have taken a good look at our site, then there is a very good chance that you know by now that we are huge cricket fans. You might even know that we invited the New Zealand cricket team to our resort after they so agonizingly lost to England in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup final. Furthermore, you might also know that because we are huge cricket fans, we offer regular discounts to any cricket players that book a stay with us.
Anyway, we digress. As well as cricket, there is something else that we are into and that is a bit of gambling, be it at a land-based casino or an online casino. We regularly visit Auckland because my parents live out there, and when we are there we do like the odd trip or two to the Auckland Casino.
When we are at home, there is no land-based casino close by, so we have an account with what we consider to be one of the best online casinos for those living in New Zealand – Jackpot City Casino. They have a great Welcome Bonus, regular promotions, a solid loyalty scheme, hundreds and hundreds of slots and plenty of table games (roulette, blackjack, poker, baccarat, craps, and Sic Bo), plenty of payment options, and great customer care agents. Overall, it has everything that you should be looking for at an online casino such as the on proposed below this guide on blackjack strategy : https://www.casinobonusesindex.com/blackjack/basic-strategy.html.
We play at this online casino quite regularly, but please do not assume that we have a gambling addiction. We are just a couple of people who like to have a cheeky gamble every now and then. We never spend more money than what we can afford.
The Day Our Lives Changed Forever
In the summer of 2015, we went to Auckland to spend some quality time with my parents. There are both in their late 80s now, so we know that they do not have that much time left on this Earth, so we always do our best to spend as much time with them as we can. At the time, I was working as a dentist and my wife was working as a payroll manager.
On the third night of our visit, we decided that we would spend the evening at the Auckland Casino. Like I said, we never spend more than we can afford, so we headed to the casino with $200 each to spend. My wife is a keen roulette player, but I much prefer to play slot games as I find them to be a lot more exciting.
So, when we entered the casino, my wife headed over to the roulette tables, while I made my way to the slot machines. I was not having much luck and it seemed like it would just be one of those evenings where everything goes wrong. A few hours later I was down to my last $20. To tell you the truth, I was extremely bored of losing, so I decided to head on over to the progressive jackpot slots and spend my remaining $20 on one spin – basically like an all or nothing scenario.
I put the money in and clicked spin. Considering the rotten luck that I had had the rest of the evening, I was not expecting to win anything if I am being perfectly honest. To put it bluntly, I was just hoping to lose the $20 so that I could go find my wife and head back home. However, Lady Luck must have decided to stop focusing on someone else at the casino and turn her attention to me because when the slot had stopped spinning, I had won the progressive jackpot, which was just under $6 million.
I could not believe what I was looking at. In fact, I sat there open-mouthed for the next couple of minutes. By the time I came back to my senses, there were a load of people around me. For the uninitiated, when a progressive jackpot is won an alarm goes off to alert the whole casino to the fact that something momentous has just happened.
My wife saw me and instead of running over to me to give me the biggest hug she has ever given me, she fainted. No word of a lie, she just collapsed right there on the floor.
Deciding What to Do with Out Newfound Wealth
When we got home, my parents were already asleep, so we had to wait until morning to tell them the big news. However, we had too much adrenaline in our bodies to sleep, so we stayed up all night talking to each other about what we could do with our money.
We had heard regular stories about people who had won life-changing sums of money and had squandered it all and we definitely did not want to be put into the same category as those people.
My wife said that she would love to buy some lovely resort on the coast somewhere and run that as she had gotten extremely bored of office work. As it was, I had got tired of dentistry work, so we decided that we would buy a resort.
We also decided that we would like to donate $200,000 to the Glenn McGrath Foundation as it is a charity that is close to my wife’s heart. Her sister had lived in Australia, but sadly she passed away from breast cancer back in 2013. During her sickness, the nurses from the Glenn McGrath Foundation helped her out a lot, so we wanted to give something back to them to ensure that they can carry on doing the great work that they do.
When my parents woke up, we told them the news and spoke to them about what we planned to do with some of the money. We wanted to give them some, but they were having none of it because they said they were too old to need any money.
We Found the Nautilus Resort
We started our search for great resorts that we could buy, and we eventually came across the Nautilus Resort. The previous owners were asking for $1 million for the resort, which was a pretty fair price. However, I like to think that I am pretty good at bartering, so I knew we could get it for a better price.
As it turned out, I did not need to do any bartering. I went straight in at $800,000 and they accepted my offer right away. That is the story of how we became proud owners of the Nautilus Resort.