sobobaAt 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, Karyn Bearden, a Hemet resident, was one of the biggest winners of Soboba Casino’s “Survive the New Year” promotion. She braved the zombie apocalypse and walked away with the one-day top prize of $50,000 cash.

Bearden (shown) was ecstatic as she accepted the payout, musing, “This is life-changing money.” Dancing around in jubilation in front of the Survive the New Year Zombie Apocalypse drawing board, she exclaimed, “This is the best day of my life.”

Soboba’s “Survive the New Year” promotion ran during the months of January and February and offered players a chance to win a share of more than $120,000 in cash and free slot play.

Soboba Casino’s Director of Marketing Michael J. Broderick quipped, “We are just so happy for Karyn and all of our winners during this ‘zombie-rific’ event. Her odds of winning — or anyone’s who was drawn for that matter — the top prize was less than 1 percent so she is one lucky lady.”