Margaret Voytko

Margaret Voytko was an avid gambler with dreams of visiting Las Vegas. Unable to travel across the country, the staff of Shepherd have planned for her to win big on a trip to Cleveland’s Horseshow Casino on July 1, 2015.

Voytko is an 83 year-old Shepherd of the Valley – Boardman resident and gambled for fun for years. She has visited most casinos within a day’s drive and loves playing penny and quarter slots.

“When I play, I like to think about the time I hot for $7000 on a quarter machine. That was a good day,” Voytko said.

She has always dreamt of winning big in Las Vegas but due to her health issues, she is unable to travel to Nevada. She was excited when she heard that The Horseshoe Casino was opening in Cleveland and could not wait to visit and experience all that the casino had to offer. Unfortunately, around the time of the grand opening, Voytko fell ill and was moved into Shepherd of the Valley. She had been a resident ever since. To get her slot fix, she plays games on her ipad but misses the sights and sounds of a real casino.

Shepherd wanted to give Voytko the opportunity to experience The Horseshoe Casino and reached out to them. Special Projects Coordinator Katie Marks responded enthusiastically to give Voytko a special day.

“We are so glad Margaret has chosen to come to the Casino for a day of fun! We are excited to help show her a good time and would love to make this day as special as we can for her,” Marks said.

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