Buffet detour leads to Wheel megajackpot

Nov 6, 2006 5:05 AM

Las Vegan Esther Aoki brought her out-of-town visitors to Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa and Casino last week to take advantage of a 2-for-1 buffet coupon. As she was leaving, Aoki made a detour to play a quarter Wheel of Fortune slot machine and won the progressive MegaJackpot of $424,066.

Aoki said she already knows how she will spend some of the winnings. The 54-year-old food server is planning a trip to Europe and said the MegaJackpot will allow her to fly first class and have extra spending money on the trip. She also plans to renovate her house.

"I am realistic and don’t feel this is enough money to retire, but it will make things easier," said the lucky winner.

Wheel of Fortune is a registered trademark of Califon Productions, Inc. In Nevada, the progressive slot game is available in a variety of denominations.

Based on the world’s most popular game show, Wheel of Fortune is a Nevada MegaJackpots system operated by IGT, a world leader in the manufacturing of gaming machines and proprietary software for progressive gaming systems. 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 an up-to-date list of jackpots, check out the IGT web site at www.igt.com.