Wheel hits for $5M

May 23, 2005 5:43 AM

A 40-year-old man from Taiwan parlayed a $100 "investment" into a Wheel of Fortune dollar jackpot worth $5,011,264 last week at the Flamingo Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

The winner requested anonymity, but said that some of his winnings will be used to pay back his sister, who lent him the money to play the Wheel of Fortune machine.

The lucky winner added that, just before he hit the jackpot, he was thinking he’d like to win his money back. He said that the reality of his big win began to dawn on him as other players started to crowd around him.

How will the big payoff affect his life? "It’ll make it easier," he acknowledged.

Wheel of Fortune dollars has a top jackpot that builds from $1 million.

All IGT MegaJackpots top awards are paid in annual installments upon verification, except MegaJackpots Instant Winners Jackpots and Rapid Riches MegaJackpots awards.