A former waitress who moved to Las Vegas in 1946 from Brisbane, Australia, won a $10,762,067 Megabucks jackpot at the Fremont Hotel & Casino last Saturday.
"I love playing slot machines, especially Megabucks," said the anonymous 82-year-old woman. "I remember playing Megabucks when it first came out back in 1987. So I feel I was owed this jackpot and I’m really happy that I never stopped playing."
She had originally come to the casino to pick up a promotional four-pack of coffee drink that was being given to VIP customers. The woman said her last big jackpot was $12,500 at the Stardust 20 years ago.
"I feel I’m blessed," she said. "Earlier in the afternoon, I was at another casino and won $400 on a keno machine. But the Fremont is my favorite and I came over here to get my gift. I had already played about $600 on this one machine when I started talking to it and told the machine that I was getting very frustrated. I took another $100 and on the very next pull, it hit. I saw the Megabucks symbols fall into place and thought I won $10,000."
The woman said her winnings will go to her church and family, and then she is going to take a vacation.
"I’m the youngest of 11 children and I have one remaining brother and two sisters still living in Brisbane," she said. "I haven’t been there in 20 years and I’m going as soon as I can."