J. Lo's mom wins $2.4 million slots jackpot. Guadalupe Lopez wins big return on $3 investment in Atlantic City

By Gary Susman
Updated April 06, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Love don’t cost a thing, but college can be expensive; fortunately, Guadalupe Lopez now has $121,000 to fund the higher education for her two grandchildren. Lopez, better known as J. Lo’s mom, picked up a check for that amount Saturday night at Atlantic City’s Borgata casino after winning a multimillion-dollar slot machine jackpot playing for just 10 minutes and betting just $3, the New York Daily News reports. (She’ll get the rest of the $2.4 million windfall in installments over the next 19 years.) According to Us Weekly, that first check will go toward the grandkids’ college fund.

Lopez, a 58-year-old retired Bronx kindergarten teacher, apparently has better luck as a gambler than her almost son-in-law, Ben Affleck. His lavish gambling sprees were reportedly one of the issues that split up Bennifer, but a source tells People magazine that Ben was the one who taught Guadalupe to gamble. Her 800,000-fold return on her investment will yield a total of $2,421,291.76, the Borgata’s biggest jackpot since the casino opened last summer. By comparison, Ben and Jennifer’s movie ”Jersey Girl” earned an estimated $2,178,000 in theaters nationwide that same night. (It’s grossed $15.8 million in its first 10 days.) Guess the Atlantic City gambler was the more lucrative Jersey girl.