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Lucky Slot Machine Pays $12.5 Million

Tue., April 15, 1997

A woman who waited patiently for more than an hour to play a particular slot machine she considered lucky won a worldrecord jackpot of $12.5 million Monday.

Suzanne Henley of Las Vegas won the Megabucks prize at the New York-New York hotel-casino.

Megabucks is a system that links 747 slot machines across Nevada, offering a jackpot that begins at $5 million and climbs as players invest more money. The old jackpot record was $11.9 million, won in 1996.

Henley stopped by the hotel after work and waited for the machine she wanted. The man playing it offered to step aside for $20, but she declined.

“I just had a feeling about this particular machine,” Henley said.

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