MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Foxwoods Resort Casino awarded $1.8 million Wheel of Fortune progressive MegaJackpot Jan. 10.
The winner, who asked to remain anonymous, first credited his win to an invitation from the casino. “I had not planned to be here, but the casino called me.” Deciding to visit the casino was his first step toward becoming a millionaire, the second, was letting his girlfriend choose the winning $5 machine. “My girlfriend picked it. She loves Wheel of Fortune.” The new millionaire said he is not sure how he will spend his winnings as of yet, but does plan to continue working, and is sharing his million-dollar MegaJackpot news with “immediate family only.”
Sunday’s jackpot is the first MegaJackpot to be awarded at the casino, as well as the first to hit in Connecticut this year. This MegaJackpot comes on the heels of the casino’s 100th MegaJackpot prize awarded just a few months ago on Sept. 6.
Foxwoods Resort Casino has now paid out more than $47.4 million in MegaJackpot prize money since 1995. Last year, Foxwoods Resort Casino awarded 10 MegaJackpots totaling $2.9 million, including a $1.1 million Wheel of Fortune jackpot that hit on a $1 machine.
Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of two Connecticut casinos that belong to a 17-state gaming network that includes more than 300 tribal casinos nationwide. The network is made up of casinos that carry one or more IGT progressive game. Anytime a coin is played in a linked machine, anywhere in the network, the cumulative jackpot continues to grow until it is won.
The $5 Wheel of Fortune progressive system has a starting jackpot of $1 million. In order to win the MegaJackpot, a player bets $10 at a time while attempting to line up the Wheel of Fortune symbols on the machine’s payline. Each time a coin is played in a linked machine, anywhere in the network, the cumulative jackpot grows and continues to build until it is won.
Wheel of Fortune was developed by IGT, a global company specializing in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and sales of computerized gaming machines and systems products. All IGT MegaJackpot top awards are paid in annual installments upon verification, except MegaJackpots Instant Winners Jackpots awards, which are paid in their entirety upon verification.