|Last week Manuel Herrera won celebrated his 70th birthday by winning the world's largest 25-cent slot machine jackpot. Manuel Herrera was playing Wheel of Fortune quarters at the Flamingo in Laughlin, Nevada, when he won the $8.4 million jackpot. |
Retired restaurant worker Herrera was visiting Laughlin on a bus tour with members of his family when his $30 investment made him a millionaire. Speaking through an interpreter, he said that he was preparing to leave the machine but decided to play just a little longer. The bank of machines was busy, with players on both sides of him, Herrera said, and that made him decide to stay at his lucky machine.
Herrera says that he won’t be short on ways to spend the money, as he has five sons, five daughters, 45 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren to spend it on.
It proved to be a lucky night at the Flamingo, as a nearby 25-cent Elvis slot machine paid out $131,000 at around the same time Herrera was winning his jackpot. Two MegaJackpots in the same evening at the same casino is pretty rare.
The previous 25-cent slot machine record was for $8.1 million that was won at Hollywood Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana. That jackpot was won on a Jeopardy! machine in March.