Matt Doherty walked out of Wildhorse Casino last week with $33,700 -- that's the 5 percent promised up front after the Pendleton man won $676,000 in a progressive penny slot machine called "The Wizard of Oz."

It's only the 17th huge payout from the progressive slots in Wildhorse's 20 year's of existence. The odds are the same as winning the lottery. And considering most of Wildhorse's clients are from out of town, for a Pendleton man to win that much is a freakish... or a miracle.

Doherty wouldn't tell the East Oregonian how he planned to spend the money, but if I were his kids I'd be expecting a pretty cool summer vacation.