As he played the Megabucks Double 3X-4X-5X Pay slot machine at the Fiesta Henderson casino on September 16, a lucky player identified only as “Roger” wasn’t sure what the five consecutive eagle symbols lined up on the reels really meant:
“I didn’t even know I’d won until the lady came over and told me I’d won it.
The machine lit up, and I knew I’d won something, but I just wasn’t sure what.”
With his wager of $3 per spin on Megabucks – the world’s first wide-area progressive jackpot network – “Roger” had unwittingly scored one of the most sizable gambling wins the state of Nevada has to offer.
By beating enormous 1 in 49,836,032 odds, “Roger” was awarded $10,192,523.88 for winning the Megabucks jackpot.
Asked about his plans for the unexpected windfall, “Roger” – a Virginia native who moved to the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson earlier this year – offered a tongue-in-cheek response when speaking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“I’ll probably spend most of it on alcohol, women and gambling. The rest of it I’ll waste.”
Fiesta Henderson casino is located 20 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, and 30 minutes from Nevada’s iconic Hoover Dam. The venue is operated as part of the Stations Casinos line of “Off-Strip” gambling establishments.
Lori Nelson, who serves as director of corporate communications for Stations Casino, issued a statement celebrating the massive jackpot:
“The Fiesta Henderson team was thrilled that one its loyal guests won $10-million plus on IGT’s Megabucks on Saturday.
What an unbelievably exciting day at Fiesta Henderson. We wish our winner a lifetime of happiness enjoying their winnings.”
For his part, “Roger” remained hesitant to share too many details about his personal life with the public, as he explained to the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“If I told everyone, I’d get friends I don’t want.”
It appears as though “Roger” turned a minimal investment into the maximum return, as he told the newspaper that his first few $3 spins resulted in a modest payout of $20. With four more spins to work with, “Roger” then watched the reels line up perfectly to produce the life-changing jackpot.
The Megabucks wide-area progressive jackpot network was launched in 1986 by Reno-based slot machine manufacturer International Game Technology (IGT). At the time, Megabucks was the first jackpot network to link machines across various venues and jurisdictions, eventually spreading throughout all of Nevada.
In November of 1998, Palace Station – another member of the Stations Casinos family – awarded a Megabucks jackpot of $27,580,878.
With odds of nearly 1 in 50 million against, the Megabucks jackpot is typically paid out only once or twice per year.
That hasn’t been the case in 2017, however, as the most recent eight-figure payout was the second in as many months.
On August 8, a player identified only as “Rodolfo T” took home $11,856,654.67 for triggering the elusive Megabucks jackpot at the Fremont Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.
That short turnaround is out of the ordinary for Megabucks. Prior to the Fremont win, nearly one year passed between Megabucks’ most recent jackpot, which paid out $10,777,271.41 at the Wynn Hotel & Casino on August 21 of last year.