Mohegan Sun awards $649,855 Wheel of Fortune MegaJackpot
By Staff reports
Story Published: Dec 30, 2009
Story Updated: Dec 28, 2009
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The Mohegan Sun awarded $649,855 Wheel of Fortune Special Edition MegaJackpot Dec. 26.The winner, who asked to remain anonymous, credited his family for getting him to the casino and to the winning machine. “My dad came along and wanted to go to Mohegan Sun. … my wife insisted on playing [the winning machine] because we always win and can sit together at the game,” he said. After investing only $55, the winner said he knew he had won, but wasn’t sure how much. When asked about immediate plans, the winner said he hasn’t decided how to spend his winnings yet, but would be “at work tomorrow.”Exactly one month ago, the Mohegan Sun paid a $364,762 Wheel of Fortune MegaJackpot on a $1 machine, which was the fourth MegaJackpot to be awarded in November at the casino. The run began with a hit on Nov. 18, when the casino paid an incredible $503,808 Wheel of Fortune MegaJackpot on a $1 machine. Then, on Nov. 25, the casino awarded a $224,347 Wheel of Fortune nickels MegaJackpot which was followed just two days later with a $364,762 Wheel of Fortune hit on a $1 machine. The Mohegan Sun has now paid 14 MegaJackpots this year totaling an amazing $3.4 million.The Mohegan Sun is one of two gaming facilities in Connecticut belonging to a 17-state gaming network that includes more than 300 tribal casinos in the nation. Each time a coin is played in a linked machine anywhere in the network, the cumulative jackpot continues to grow until it is won. Since 1996, 161 MegaJackpots have been paid at the casino totaling nearly $112 million.Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence, located 15 minutes from museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.The Wheel of Fortune Special Edition progressive has a starting jackpot of $500,000. In order to win the MegaJackpot, five Wheel of Fortune symbols must line up on the machine’s first payline with a maximum bet wagered. 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.