Bowler wins 10 Million Dollar Jackpot while in Reno for 2010 USBC Open Championships


    United States

    2010USBCOC$10MStephanieJohnJohnson.jpgMost bowlers at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships are excited when they bowl well enough to claim a share of the tournament's prize fund, but John Johnson of Golden, Colo. (pictured with his wife Stephanie), managed to become a multimillionaire before he even stepped on the tournament lanes this week.

    Shortly after exiting his flight to Reno on Sunday, Johnson put $20 into an airport slot machine, and minutes later, he was the winner of the $10,422,754.08 Megabucks MegaJackpot.

    "When it hit, we all kind of looked at each other and wondered what happened," Johnson said. "I kept telling my wife that something was going to go well this week, whether it was bowling well or winning something, but I never could have imagined winning $10 million."

    "The Biggest Little City in the World" has become a special destination for the 36-year-old Johnson and his teammates. Three of Johnson's six USBC Open Championships appearances have come at Reno's National Bowling Stadium, and while in town for the 2007 event, he and his wife, Stephanie were married.

    "Three years ago, I married my wife, Stephanie, here in Reno," Johnson said. "All of us use the Open as a vacation every year, and we just come out to have a good time. Plus, bowling is a big part of my life. It's really the best of everything."

    2010USBCOC$10MKamikazeKeglers.jpgJohnson, a mechanical designer for BCER Engineering near Denver, tried not to let his big win and the flurry of media requests that followed distract him from helping Kamikaze Keglers (pictured right) on the tournament lanes Monday. The right-hander posted games of 222, 138 and 192 for a 552 series and helped his team to a 2,566 total. Pandorum of Buford, Ga., leads Regular Team with 3,063.

    Johnson was joined on the lanes by Aaron Franks (534), Scott Maakestad (509), Clint Cator IV (492) and Jon Hanson (479).

    "I don't think I shot really well, but all in all, I'm pretty happy with how we did," Johnson said. "I plan to keep coming to the Open wherever it may be, but for tomorrow, I plan on coming in and winning doubles and singles."

    2010USBCOCLogo_small.jpg Presenting sponsors for the 2010 USBC Open Championships are Circus Circus, Eldorado and Silver Legacy Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev. Other sponsors include Sands Regency Casino Hotel, official brackets sponsor, Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, US Steltronic, official scoring system, and supporting sponsors Storm Bowling Products, UPS, Nationwide Insurance, Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa, Harrah's Reno Casino and Hotel and Peppermill Hotel Casino.


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    107th USBC Open Championships

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls


    1, Pandorum (Leigh Trostel, Darin Belsito, Settee Johnson, Mark McClung, Justin Gibbons), Buford, Ga., 3,063. 2, CMS Concrete 2, Nashua, N.H., 3,049. 3, Macanudos, Auburn, Ga., 2,961. 4, Dr. Hooks Pro Shop, Kalamazoo, Mich., 2,928. 5, Bountiful Gardens, Hamlet, N.C., 2,926. 6, TEXA Tonka Lanes-GRN1, Minneapolis, 2,900. 7, M R B 2, Bloomington, Ill., 2,866. 8, Big Dogs 2, Lee's Summit, Mo., 2,840. 9, Yeah Baby, John's Creek, Ga., 2,775. 10, Bowlers Annex, Nashua, N.H., 2,743.

    1, Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Ga./Leigh Trostel, Cumming, Ga., 1,237. 2, Robert Brimm, Bloomington, Ill./Robert Brewe III, Normal, Ill., 1,216. 3, Dan Smith, Lawrenceville, Ga./Darin Belsito, Oakwood, Ga., 1,205. 4, Michael Snead, Rockingham, N.C./William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,201. 5, Steven Vance, Stone Mountain, Ga./John Chisena, Atlanta, 1,184. 6, Steven Harper, McGregor, Texas/Charles Stone, Hewitt, Texas, 1,163. 7, Russell Utterback/Ryan Utterback, Clinton, Ill., 1,142. 8 (tie), Dewey Guinn/James Fairley, Rockingham, N.C., and Stephanie Gardner/Edgar Gardner, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,138. 10, Jewell Ownbey/Forrest Ownbey, Newport, Wash., 1,128.

    1, Steven Vance, Stone Mountain, Ga., 729. 2, Darin Belsito, Oakwood, Ga., 705. 3, Dan Smith, Lawrenceville, Ga., 685. 4, Kelvin Wiggins, Rocky Mount, N.C., 678. 5, Ed Ilano, Auburn, Ga., 671. 6, Chad Crayton, Burlington, Wis., 660. 7, Michael Hill, Rockingham, N.C., 643. 8, Steven Harper, McGregor, Texas, 642. 9, Charles Stone, Hewitt, Texas, 632. 10, Doug Patton Jr., Round Rock, Texas, 621.

    1, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,986. 2, Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Ga., 1,939. 3, Steven Vance, Stone Mountain, Ga., 1,913. 4, Dan Smith, Lawrenceville, Ga., 1,897. 5, Ryan Utterback, Clinton, Ill., 1,871. 6, Darin Belsito, Oakwood, Ga., 1,851. 7, Forrest Ownbey, Newport, Wash., 1,848. 8, Kelvin Wiggins, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1,829. 9, Doug Patton Jr., Round Rock, Texas, 1,814. 10, John Chisena, Atlanta, 1,808.

    Team All-Events
    1, Pandorum (Leigh Trostel, Darin Belsito, Settee Johnson, Mark McClung, Justin Gibbons), Buford, Ga., 8,852. 2, Macanudos, Auburn, Ga., 8,809. 3, Bountiful Gardens, Hamlet, N.C., 8,668. 4, M R B 2, Bloomington, Ill., 8,410. 5, TEXA Tonka Lanes-GRN1, Minneapolis, 8,400. 6, Terry Elson State Farm Insurance, Casey, Ill., 8,031. 7, McCroskey Attorney at Law, Newport, Wash., 7,988. 8, Zips Lounge 2, Mason, Ohio, 7,977. 9, Head Pin Lanes 1, Crystal, Idaho, 7,918. 10, TEXA Tonka Lanes-GRN2, Minneapolis, 7,900.



    1, Stuart Bowl 3 (Brian Allsup, Julie Wahman, Jeff Henderson, Gregg Wahman, Gregg Wahman, Jr.), Stuart, Iowa, 2,573. 2, 3 Jokers & 2 Queens, Buford, Ga., 2,536. 3, Stuart Bowl Pro Shop, Stuart, Iowa, 2,519. 4, Stuart Bowl 1, Stuart, Iowa, 2,466. 5, Fairbault Food, Cokato, Minn., 2,451. 6, We Ken Two, Carrington, N.D., 2,446. 7, Doug's Tax Service, Corning, Ga., 2,424. 8, Canadian Crankers, Normal, Ill., 2,423. 9, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,390. 10, Holt Motors, Cokato, Minn., 2,380.

    1, Charles Horstmann, Howard Lake, Minn./Jesse Carlson, Belle Plaine, Minn., 1,079. 2, Gary Hagemann/Ann Horstmann, Howard Lake, Minn., 1,066. 3, Prentiss Cross/Judi Spencer, Waco, Texas, 1,056. 4, Ron Carlson, Cokato, Minn./Rick Carlson, Delano, Minn., 1,052. 5, Kathryn Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas/Steve Wade, Waco, Texas, 1,047. 6, Loren Howard, Grand Forks, N.D./Michael Kvislen, Finley, N.D., 1,046. 7, Lisa Mazzanti, San Antonio/Janet Pollock, New Braunfels, Texas, 1,031. 8. Gary Thornburg, Stuart, Iowa/Shawn Matthews, Swan, Iowa, 1,029. 9, Terry Wibstad/Terry Gruchalla, Jamestown, N.D., 1,025. 10, Brian Allsup, Stuart, Iowa/Gregg Wahman, Dexter, Iowa, 1,018.

    1, Julie Wahman, Dexter, Iowa, 591. 2 (tie), Lee Baird, Brownwood, Texas, and Larry Grafreed, Chicago, 570. 4, Daniel Phillips, Payette, Idaho, 564. 5, Mike McCurdy, Bridgewater, Iowa, 561. 6 (tie), Terry Gruchalla, Jamestown, N.D., and William Blackwell, Elizabethtown, Ky., 560. 8, Gary Wilson, Virden, Ill., 558. 9 (tie), Michael Kvislen, Finley, N.D., and Angela Hoggatt, Lincoln, Neb., 553.

    1, Lee Baird, Brownwood, Texas, 1,648. 2, Steve Wade, Waco, Texas, 1,615. 3, Terry Gruchalla, Jamestown, N.D., 1,605. 4, Joel Olson, Greenfield, Iowa, 1,601. 5, Charles Horstmann, Howard Lake, Minn., 1,563. 6, Julie Wahman, Dexter, Iowa, 1,552. 7, Larry Grafreed, Chicago, 1,548. 8, Prentiss Cross, Waco, Texas, 1,543. 9, Daniel Phillips, Payette, Idaho, 1,536. 10, Linda Barber, Parsippany, N.J., 1,533.