CLEVELAND -- Kelly Honsaker is a single mom from Garfield Heights who gambled and hit the jobs jackpot at the Horseshoe Casino.
She's was struggling to get by and support two children on part-time jobs and food stamps.
All that changed after she played what seemed like a longshot about a year and a half ago and decided to apply to be trained to be a casino dealer.
"I knew nothing about casinos," she said.
But Kelly was a quick learner. She went through four weeks of training and got hired.
And within a few months, she'd been promoted to a supervisor's job overseeing a group of dealers, helping with training , making sure they comply with state regulations, and do their best to serve casino guests.
Her boss, table games supervisor Tosha Tousant, said, she would like to find more applicants like Kelly.
"She showed leadership potential...What we're looking for is an upbeat and positive personality who is going to be able to deliver great service," she continued.
Some dealers, like Kelly, were promoted, took jobs at other gaming establishments or decided to move on.
Now the Cleveland Horseshoe Casino is looking to hire about 60 dealers and 30 supervisors.
Dealer pay averages $21/hr. with pay and tips. Kelly's new job pays about $43,000/year.
Applicants should go caesarscareers.com. You must apply by or on April 11th for classes that start April 17th.
Kelly is hoping to keep advancing up the casino ranks.
"I think I found my niche in life...I really enjoy it," she said.
The classes will be either four or six weeks and are unpaid but free.