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Wheel on a ‘roll’ in Vegas casinos

Jun 22, 2004 12:43 AM

Slot players in Las Vegas hit it big on Wheel of Fortune machines over a four-day period. Thanks to a $1,676,000 jackpot on Wheel of Fortune dollars, a Las Vegas school teacher says she may retire and just enjoy life with her husband and family. Corrine Powers, 67, won the MegaJackpots top award at the Suncoast Hotel & Casino on a June 13 afternoon after playing approximately $40 in the machine.

"When I realized that I won the big jackpot, I thought I was pretty low key but then someone asked me where I work and I couldn’t remember!" Powers said. "Guess I was more excited than I realized."

"I love Wheel of Fortune and since I live near the Suncoast, I usually play one particular bank of machines here," Powers said. "I really enjoy coming here because the people are so friendly."

In addition to retiring from her job with the Clark County School District, Powers said that buying a boat is high on her priority list.

A couple of days later, Helen Mouser, of Coal Run, Penn., was determined to win while in Las Vegas and her conviction paid off when she won $250,000 on Wheel of Fortune quarters at the Imperial Palace.

The Las Vegas vacation was a gift from her children and, in return, the 70-year old homemaker says she intends to use her winnings to spoil her four sons and 11 grandchildren. "And, of course, I want to make more trips to Vegas and have fun," she said.

Hers was the second jackpot of the day for Wheel of Fortune quarters; just hours before, a Maryland woman won $546,000 on the same MegaJackpots system at the Aladdin Resort Casino. In fact, Nevada Wheel of Fortune slots have paid four lucky MegaJackpots winners a total of $3.5 million in southern Nevada over a four-day period.

Wheel of Fortune is based on the world’s most popular game show and is one of 24 Nevada MegaJackpots systems operated by IGT.