NE­VADA Man wins $10 mil­lion Me­gabucks jack­pot Satur­day at Fi­esta Hen­der­son

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - FRONT PAGE - By Matthew Crow­ley

A Hen­der­son man won a $10 mil­lion Me­gabucks pro­gres­sive slot ma­chine jack­pot Satur­day at Fi­esta Hen­der­son. Though he’s thrilled, he said he can’t quite be­lieve it.

The man, who iden­ti­fied him­self only as Roger, said he moved to Hen­der­son from Palm Beach, Florida, a cou­ple of months ago and fre­quents the Lake Mead Park­way casino al­most daily.

On Satur­day evening, the man, who said he was orig­i­nally from Vir­ginia, said he’d vis­ited the casino dur­ing the af­ter­noon and sat at the same slot ma­chine he al­ways plays. He said he won $20 at first and then

played four more spins. On the fourth spin, he hit the win­ner, he said.

“I didn’t even know I’d won un­til the lady came over and told me I’d won it,” he said. “The ma­chine lit up, and I knew I’d won some­thing, but I just wasn’t sure what.”

He told Las Ve­gas Re­view-Journal videog­ra­pher Michael Quine, “I’ll prob­a­bly spend most of it on al­co­hol, women and gam­bling. The rest of it I’ll waste.”

The ma­chine showed that the man had won the prize. Five Me­gabucks eagles lined up, and the ma­chine flashed “Please call an at­ten­dant” and “Needs con­fir­ma­tion.”

While of­fi­cials from In­ter­na­tional Game Tech­nol­ogy, which makes the wide-area slot pro­gres­sive, couldn’t be reached for com­ment, Sta­tion Casi­nos, which owns Fi­esta Hen­der­son, con­firmed the jack­pot hit Satur­day af­ter­noon.

“We are thrilled that a guest of Fi­esta Hen­der­son won a $10,192,523.88 jack­pot on IGT Me­gabucks Satur­day,” Sta­tion Casi­nos spokes­woman Lori Nel­son said Satur­day. She de­clined to name the guest.

Roger said he’s re­tired and didn’t think he’d feel like a win­ner un­til the jack­pot check hits his bank ac­count Mon­day.

“I think when that hap­pens, I’ll prob­a­bly pass out,” he said. “I’m very happy, yes.”

Roger, who de­clined to be filmed after win­ning, said he told his son about the jack­pot but plans to keep the win a se­cret from the pub­lic.

“If I told ev­ery­one, I’d get friends I don’t want,” he said.

In a state­ment on its web­site, In­ter­na­tional Game Tech­nol­ogy said Me­gabucks was last hit at the Fre­mont on Aug. 14, pay­ing $11.8 mil­lion.

Michael Quine Las Ve­gas Re­view-Journal

A Me­gabucks slot ma­chine at Fi­esta Hen­der­son paid out jack­pot of more than $10 mil­lion Satur­day to a Hen­der­son man.

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