Megabucks Jackpot Winner Free Plays Her Way to $17.3 Million

Megabucks Jackpot Winner Free Plays Her Way to $17.3 Million

Posted on 19/12/12 - by Theodor Mavrodis News

The Megabucks slots progressive jackpot was hit in Nevada over the weekend but the story behind the huge $17.3 million jackpot is even more amazing now that more details are emerging.

The winner -- a woman from the Las Vegas area who has chosen to remain anonymous -- dropped into the M Casino in Henderson to use up some free-play credits.

She decided to take a spin at the Megabucks machine before cashing in some food vouchers as well.

A few spins later and she could afford to pay for dinner herself after hitting the $17.3 million jackpot -- although another player had to convince her that she’d just won one of the largest slots jackpots in Nevada history.

She told slot manufacturer IGT -- which makes the Megabucks machine -- that she planned to use the winnings to pay off her house and take care of her family.

Not the Biggest Jackpot in Nevada History

This was the first time since 2011 that the Megabucks jackpot has been hit, which is a progressive jackpot that is fed by slots in casinos throughout the state of Nevada.

The jackpot winner in 2011 took home “only” $10.3 million.

Since 1986, IGT has awarded Megabucks jackpots of more than $1 billion nationwide and $728 million in Nevada.

It’s far from the biggest slots jackpot in Nevada history, however, as that honor goes to a California man who won a huge $39.7 million jackpot after sticking $100 in a slot machine at Excalibur.

Cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan won $34.9 million on a Megabucks machine at the Desert Inn in 2000 but her lucky streak was short-lived; she was in a car accident just weeks later that killed her sister and left her paralyzed.