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Couple wins $2.4M on slot machine that hadn't paid out in 20 years

Couple Wins $2.4M On Slot Machine After Trying For 20 Years

A New Hampshire couple vacationing in Las Vegas clearly had the trip of a lifetime after they won big at the slots.



Walter and Linda Misco won $2.4 million while playing the Lion's Share slot machine in the MGM Grand Hotel Friday.

Walter Misco said, "I walked her over here to show her the machine and she didn't actually have any idea until she looked at the machine and I'm afraid I can't tell you the exact words that she used, but it began with 'Holy'.

Misco told KTNV that he and his wife have frequented Vegas for the last 25 years. They've even played on that exact machine before but never won the grand prize. This time, it only took him five minutes to win big.

The money isn't the only reason this story is making the news, though.

The Los Angeles Times says casino-goers have been trying for 20 years to win the grand prize on that slot machine. The prize money kept increasing over the years as no one won.

The casino used to have 50 of the Lion's Share slot machines back in the day, but now only the one exists.

The machine was so popular, the Las Vegas Sun said as many as 20 people would be in line to play it at one time.

Justin Andrews, Executive Director of Slots said, "This game probably gets played about five times more than any other game on our casino floor. Our staff gets asked multiple times a day, every single day, where this game is from people that haven't played it before."

Those of you wanting to trying your hand at the machine are now out of luck. A writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal says the final Lion's Share machine is going into retirement.

There's even a chance the casino may let the Miscos take the machine home with them. They are planning to use their winnings to help pay for college for their five grandchildren.

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Dave August 25 2014 at 3:18 PM

Just goes to show you what a fixed operation it is on these slots. Only the casino wins.

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no1chef99david August 25 2014 at 6:18 PM

These machines are supposed to pay out at a given percentage (depending on who does the math for the percent) I think they usually boast around 90% or better. I am having a hard time getting my head around a machine that only paid out big 1 time in 20 years! That could only mean that the hotel made millions and millions of dollars on the one machine and that is just plain wrong.

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IBruzEZ no1chef99david August 25 2014 at 6:39 PM

It only paid out the Bonus this once... but they claim any win as part of the "win percentage" so when you get a wild cherry, that counts as a win. Also, you have to play the maximum bet in order for this machine to pay out the bonus.

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jimbosheaves no1chef99david August 25 2014 at 7:46 PM

anytime you win anything...you put in .75 win .20 it paid out. does not say what the payout return is as you can see it is not 90%

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pat jimbosheaves August 26 2014 at 11:17 AM

Let me explain this to you dunderheads instead of your guesses as to what it means. On average, a person puts in $20, and plays they win $18.00 during the time they play. $18 is 90% of $20. It doesn't mean you win something 9 out of ten times, like sit in his own poo pontificating above me thinks. It says what it means and means what it says. On average the machine pays back 90% of the initial investment. The problem is ON AVERAGE, after playing $20 worth of spins you now have $18, and you continue to play until you have ZERO dollars. Losing 10% all the way down, on average! It's not rocket science, it's don't stand in the middle of the road science.

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SANDRA A.SWANSON August 25 2014 at 3:44 PM

Tell's you how tight the machine's are.

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jijjhnsn SANDRA A.SWANSON August 26 2014 at 7:34 AM

Hey, if I put $100 and the machine pay $200 I am fine. Jackpot is for one and one winner only just like super bowl.

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lisasin7 August 25 2014 at 4:46 PM

VERY COOL story ! " use their winnings to help pay for college for their five grandchildren" Great couple ! . We should be happy for them ! Hope they get something real nice for themselves !

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Linda August 25 2014 at 4:30 PM

Now that's luck. Glad to see that this couple won big!

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completegps August 25 2014 at 2:26 PM

Uncle Walter I'm here!!!!!~!

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Nanu-Nanu August 25 2014 at 7:22 PM

Well these winners deserve congratulations on their win. Have a great life.

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ron August 26 2014 at 12:07 AM

I think the casino should let them have the machine and ship it home for them ,this would be great PR for them !!!

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undrcuvrdude August 25 2014 at 8:24 PM

Thats great now they are "even"..after 25 years cant imagine how much they lost..Just hope they wont do like other winners and lose all their money back into it thinking they are now lucky..those machines suck our culture dry.

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cgssnavickas August 25 2014 at 5:22 PM

2.4 million seems like an awful low amount for a payout. What does it cost to play this machine? A nickel?

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