LAS VEGAS -- A 71-year-old Las Vegan, on her way to see the afternoon performance of 'The Magic of Rick Thomas' at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, made a little magic of her own today when she hit
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Today's anonymous winner had come to the Orleans early to have lunch before the 2 p.m. show. After lunch, on her way to the theater, she stopped to play Megabucks®.
"I have been playing Megabucks® for years," she said. "I come here all the time, especially on Sunday after church. So today, I put in $20 and after several pulls, I saw the first Megabucks® symbol fall into place, then the second and then the third. It was all in slow motion, watching them drop down one at a time. But I knew right away I had won. I just didn't know how much."
The woman, a former interior decorator who moved to Las Vegas in 2000, said the winnings will help her pay off the mortgage on her home. She will also donate money to her church and share the winnings with her family.
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