PAHRUMP, Nevada -- A Nevada resident became a multi-millionaire this afternoon when his penny investment paid off on Penny Megabucks® at the Pahrump Nugget Casino. He hit the MegaJackpot® for
Penny Megabucks hits big in California.
$18,799,414, the largest penny slot jackpot ever won.
"On my way over to the casino this morning," said the anonymous 66-year-old man, "I actually thought about playing Penny Megabucks®. I don't know why because I normally play video poker
. So after rolling several practice games, I went to have lunch and on the way back to the lanes, I stopped to play Penny Megabucks®."
"I put in $100 and after playing $44, I saw five eagles line up and thought I had won about $3,000," he added. "Then I looked up, and the large jackpot on top of the machine had switched from $18 million to $10 million. Then I knew I had won something big."
The winner said he will pay off some bills and then take his wife on a long trip to Australia.
"It's exciting to make history with this penny MegaJackpot®," said Ed Rogich, vice president of marketing for IGT, which developed the penny Megabucks® game. "Penny slots are enormously popular, and this huge jackpot proves that they have a place in gaming history."
The Nevada dollar Megabucks® system produced a $10.8 million Megabucks® jackpot on Sept. 2, 2006 at Wynn Las Vegas. Both the penny slots
and dollar Megabucks® progressives have top jackpots that build from a base amount of $10 million and are paid in annual installments upon verification.