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December 21, 2014

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Woman hits $12.7 million Megabucks jackpot at CityCenter’s Aria

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Fireworks explode over the Aria hotel-casino during the official opening Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. Aria is the centerpiece of the $8.5 billion CityCenter project, which is a partnership between MGM Mirage and Dubai World.

A gambler at a Strip casino turned $6 into more than $12.7 million when she hit the Megabucks Jackpot at Aria on Friday afternoon.

The gambler, who wished to remain anonymous, was visiting Las Vegas for her niece’s birthday when she hit the jackpot at the CityCenter casino. After she hit the winning symbols, she thought the machine was malfunctioning until her niece pointed out that she had won.

“I was on my way to my room when I saw this machine and decided to play,” she said in a statement.

The winner went on to say she was excited to share the news of her win with her husband and was looking forward to paying off her mortgage.

Reno-based gaming supply company International Game Technology is the maker of the Megabucks product line, which launched in 1986. The largest jackpot ever paid out was $39 million, won in March 2003 at the Excalibur.

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  1. Why is it always these people who put in a few bucks? It just doesn't seem fair to all the grandma's out there putting in $100 every day. And the money isn't even staying in the state. Someone needs to warn her of the megabucks curse though...

  2. i don't think she put in only 6 bucks.

  3. How often do these Megabucks machines pay off at a property that is in it's infancy?
    From a casual observer's standpoint, it seems like it happens A LOT.

  4. I wonder if you follow her might she drop a few stray hundreds? Hmmm -

  5. Good for her. Nice to see people winning the big jackpots. That is what it is all about. Once in a while someone wins the dream of many.

  6. if (when) i hit, it will say 'he only put $20 in the machine.' it wont tell the public about the 100 of thousand of dollars i lost over the last 30yrs trying to win a big jackpot.

    am i stupid for feeding the slots? OF COURSE. but an addiction is an addiction. they probably wont publish my comments if i win either for I WILL TELL THE TRUTH!!!!!

  7. So now what does her niece get for her birthday?

  8. I would think you have play $3.00 and pull the handle twice. DUH!

  9. Come on folks. Can't you just be happy for someone once in a while and not look for the hidden conspiricies in everything? Who cares if it was $6.00 or $600.00? It was her money. You are sounding like "sour grapes" to me....

  10. I'm happy for her.You cant begrudge her good fortune,just hope that you'll be the next lucky player.
    I'm familiar with that bank of Mega-bucks machines at Aria.I hit an 1,800.00 taxable on one of those machines in April of 2010.Had about 375.00 into it before I hit that.
    Overall Mega-bucks is the worst slot play in any casino,but I up playing them a bit because you just never know.$6 dollars in and that gals life has changed forever.