A woman from Hawaii walked away with a jackpot of more than $10.7 million at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas — from a single penny slot.
The Associated Press reported the Wynn as saying that a woman from Oahu, who requested her identity not to be revealed, won a total payout of $10,777,270.51 after betting $3 on a penny slot machine. The hotel also confirmed this in a tweet from its official account.
The jackpot-winning bet was played on the Strip casino’s IGT Megabucks Wynn Wheel slots machine built specifically for the hotel around 9 p.m. last Sunday. This version of the Megabucks game features a portrait of the hotel’s developer Steve Wynn along with custom video reels.
Gambling was legalized in Nevada in 1931, causing visitors to flock to the state’s casinos to play at the tables or penny slots. According to statistics, in 2012, the gross gaming revenue for the Las Vegas Strip stood at $6,207 million.
People magazine reported that the biggest ever jackpot recorded was when a 25-year-old from Los Angeles fed $100 into a Megabucks machine, winning a total of $40 million at the Excalibur hotel in March 2003.