Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 | 1 p.m.
Two Las Vegas visitors left the city a lot richer after hitting Megabucks Megajackpots at two Strip casinos this week.
A 57-year-old man, whose name was not released, hit the Megajackpot for $12.2 million at the Bellagio during the early morning hours Monday, according to International Game Technology, maker of the Megabucks game.
The winner and his wife, who was sitting next to him playing her own Megabucks slot at the time, called their daughter immediately and took the first flight to Los Angeles to celebrate with family.
“I was in a deep sleep and my father had to call three times before I finally answered the phone,” his daughter said in a statement. “I was anxious when I heard his excited voice, but once he said everything was OK and explained to me that he won this large jackpot, all I could think of was that I was dreaming.”
The winner is an investor originally from South Korea and visits Las Vegas about three times a year, IGT said.
A 63-year-old retired woman won $1.6 million playing Wheel of Fortune Saturday night at Paris Las Vegas. The woman, who also wished to remain anonymous, was with her daughters for a family holiday trip, IGT said.
“I had just started playing a machine and had played about $25 when the woman next to me got up and walked away from the machine she was playing,” the woman said. “So I just reached over and played that machine and it hit. I started screaming and jumping around.”
The woman said she and her family are building their dream home in the Philippines and the jackpot will allow them to upgrade and move in sooner than expected.