$17M & rising

Apr 17, 2006 1:13 AM
The Nevada Megabucks Jackpot went over the $17 million mark last week and continues to grow every day. Since its Nevada debut in spring 1986, Megabucks has paid more than $518 million in primary jackpots to 65 winners. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Megabucks is once again poised to pay a life-changing jackpot. Savvy jackpot watchers believe that when Megabucks exceeds $14 million, the excitement begins to build as players flock to bet on becoming the next big winner. And, of course, the more people playing Megabucks, the faster the jackpot climbs. The progressive jackpot has grown over $1 million just in the last month alone. IGT’s Vice President of Marketing Ed Rogich has witnessed the Megabucks frenzy many times over the course of his 13 years with IGT and can attest to its phenomenal fan base."When the jackpot reaches that certain ”˜magic number,’ we really see an increase in players hoping to become the next Mega millionaire. And, it can happen anytime, anyplace. That’s the fun of Megabucks, big dreams and big possibilities," Rogich said.More than 600 Megabucks games in 164 casinos throughout Nevada, provide players with plenty of chances to select a lucky machine. A three dollar maximum bet is required to win the Megabucks progressive prize. A recent addition to the MegaJackpots family is Video Megabucks, which will set a world record for the largest penny jackpot of all time. The current jackpot is approaching overdue status at over $13.7 million. Video Megabucks was introduced in spring 2005 as part of the Perfect for Pennies(TM) series. A maximum bet of 300 coins is required to win the top progressive jackpot. All IGT MegaJackpots top awards are paid in annual installments upon verification, except MegaJackpots Instant Winners Jackpots and Rapid Riches MegaJackpots awards, which are paid in their entirety upon verification. For more information on MegaJackpots locations, themes and current jackpot amounts, visit the IGT web site, www.igt.com.