$1.6m works in 3 spins

Apr 8, 2008 7:00 PM

A 15-year patron of the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas last week hit a $1.6 million Wheel of Fortune jackpot, incredibly, on only her third spin.

Debbie Psychopedas, 37, won $1,679,200 after investing only $6 in the progressive $1 machine.

A resident of Stamford, Connecticut, Psychopedas was vacationing at the luxury downtown resort when she hit the MegaJackpot shortly after 10 a.m.

"We’ve been spending one night at the Golden Nugget every vacation for the past 15 years," said the excited winner. "For some reason, this time we decided to come for a day trip ... it sure paid off."

Psychopedas, an office manager, indicated that she loves her job and has no plans of quitting. Although she is still unsure about how she will spend the majority of the money, the new millionaire says she does plan to treat herself to a new bracelet.

Wheel of Fortune slot machines are themed after the popular TV game show and follow the standard three-reel format and associated pay tables. The progressive jackpot is paid when all three reels stop on the Wheel of Fortune symbol.

The Golden Nugget Laughlin recently had a similar win on a Wheel of Fortune pennies MegaJackpot. Tami Lynn Morrison, a San Dimas, California, resident won $1,165,954 while visiting Laughlin with her family for her father’s doctor appointment last August.