A Las Vegas area grandmother got an early Mother’s Day present last Thursday night, when she won the $1 million jackpot on Aristocrat’s Millioni$er penny slot games for the second time in less than a year.
She hit the jackpot at the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino in Henderson, between Boulder City and Las Vegas.
The lucky winner, Boulder city resident Jo Ann Argyris, had invested about $35 after 10 minutes of game play when she won the $1 million Grand Jackpot on Aristocrat Technologies’ Millioni$er four-level mystery progressive penny slot games.
She said that Aristocrat’s Millioni$er penny slots became her favorite game after she won Millioni$er’s $1 million top prize on June 26, 2004 Sunset Station.
"Last year I told everyone that I was going to win again, and they didn’t believe me," said Argyris, who plans to invest most of her winnings, buy a new car, and take her family on a Hawaiian vacation. Last year she paid off her home mortgage, did extensive home remodeling, and took her family on a Mexican cruise.
The self-employed, single Argyris said she visits Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino often because it is close to home and the staff is friendly. Last night she and her daughter stopped in and planned to spend only 45 minutes at the casino before heading home to watch Argyris’ favorite TV show.
"I wanted to get home to watch CSI and was getting ready to cash out when the Millioni$er popped up again," Argyris said. "The Grand Jackpot was the eighth jackpot that I had hit and I didn’t even realize I’d won the million until my daughter told me. I said ”˜no’ and then I looked at the machine, said ”˜oh my goodness,’ and put my head into my lap and cried!"
Argyris said that she plays Millioni$er games every time she goes out. "It is my favorite game, and I have gotten a lot of other people to play it too," she said. "I love the thrill of winning the minor jackpot, waiting for it to pop up on the screen, and see what I’m going to win."
"One of the most exciting features of Millioni$er is that the top prize is triggered by each game on the progressive link individually, so the $1 million jackpot can be won anytime, on any Millioni$er-themed game," said Sean Evans, vice president of sales at Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
Like Aristocrat’s other Hyperlink progressives — Pelé Legendary Goals, Cash Express, Penny Train, and Jackpot Carnival — the breakthrough Millioni$er features a patented second-screen feature with four different jackpot levels that can be triggered randomly during game play. The four tiered progressives give Millioni$er a higher hit frequency so players win jackpots more often.
Millioni$er offers a static top jackpot of $1 million in Nevada and $500,000 in most Gaming Laboratories, Inc. (GLI) jurisdictions. The Millioni$er Hyperlink feature is available on a number of Aristocrat MKVI base video slot games.