Winner has a Mega-dose of deja vu!

Sep 19, 2005 1:09 AM

Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice?

Certainly not Elmer Sherwin, who somehow defied the longest of odds to win a $21 million Megabucks jackpot at the Cannery last week, exactly 16 years after he won the first-ever Megabucks jackpot to hit at The Mirage.

Sherwin’s win of $21,147,947 is nearly five times the $4.6 million he won in November 1989 and marks the first time an individual has hit Megabucks twice.

A frequent player at the Cannery in North Las Vegas, Sherwin said he had a "feeling" about playing the Megabucks machines. Over the years, Sherwin has remained a fan of the Megabucks because, as he says, "it pays."

The lucky winner also had another goal in mind. He wanted to win the top award for the second time. "I’m glad I finally hit," he said. "I’ve been trying to do it again."

In his 92 years, Sherwin said he has already traveled everywhere he wanted to go. The lucky winner has gotten a lot of mileage out of his jackpot. Sherwin carries a picture of his first win in his pocket like a passport to gain entry into exciting places, such as a cockpit tour of the Concorde.

With this jackpot, Sherwin will make a second donation to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts and continue to share with his family, including his son and daughter-in-law in Las Vegas.

The lucky winner just could not resist surprising his family with the win. He planned to let them hear of his jackpot on the news. "I want to see the looks on their faces when they hear," said Sherwin.

Sherwin’s other plans for his winnings are simple. "I’m gonna try for a third win on Megabucks," he said, "but I may try the Wheel of Fortune slot, too."

In the meantime, he has another picture to add to his pocket.