As a surprise for his
wife, Joey Penn booked a Las Vegas vacation to coincide with Las Vegas Market at
World Market Center. A last minute arrangement, Penn took advantage of a slot
tournament at Wynn Las Vegas which turned out to be a life-changing decision.
Penn hit a $12,317,717 Megabucks jackpot on July 28 at Wynn Las Vegas,
just a few minutes before 7 p.m. “It’s Christmas in July, that’s for
sure,” said Penn.
With only one credit left to
play, the savvy player knew he didn’t want to play without the maximum coins
in. After inserting $100 into the machine, Penn watched as the Megabucks
eagles lined up in front of him. “I saw the first two symbols and thought,
that’s got to be good. Then the third symbol lined up and I said, That’s the
Usually $5 slot players, Penn’s
wife, Melissa, had talked him into playing the two Megabucks machines
next to her. In fact, Penn’s wife had just hit a $3,000 jackpot earlier on the
same bank of four Megabucks machines. “She told me to sit down and play
it,” said Penn, giving full credit to his wife for having made the winning
“Melissa had won $30,000 on
our last trip to Las Vegas. We thought that was amazing and even commented on
how we would never top it,” Penn recollected. Just a week before their 19th
wedding anniversary, the Penn’s certainly topped it and more. “Just
before it hit, I had told my wife that somebody has to hit it — why not
As he relaxed in the lounge, Penn
was surprised by several congratulatory guests. Steve and Elaine Wynn came in to
congratulate him personally on his win. After a quick chat, the cheerful Wynn
congratulated him again before leaving. Not long after Wynn, Andrew Pascal,
president of Wynn Las Vegas, came in to add his congratulations to Penn.
“This is almost as exciting as hitting the Megabucks,” expressed Penn
of his new acquaintances. “Wow!”
The 38-year-old from Zachary,
Louisiana, knew what he wanted to do first with his winnings. “I’m buying
her a Bentley Continental GT,” he said with confidence.
The Penn’s have just poured the
foundation for a new home in Louisiana and had spent their trip browsing the
World Market Center for decorating ideas and enjoying the glamorous interior
design schemes. “We will definitely be upgrading the interior now,”
laughed Penn of his new home.
The owner of a successful
truck stop and partner in a construction company in Louisiana, Penn plans to
continue working. In addition to the home upgrades and new car, Penn plans to
use his winnings to fund his children’s’ college education.