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Retired teacher hits $4.1 million jackpot at Venetian

11 January 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Early this morning, a 78-year-old woman celebrated her birthday three days early by winning a $4,141,909 MegaJackpotĀ® playing Wheel of FortuneĀ® Special Edition pennies at the Venetian Resort Casino. The anonymous woman was with her daughter who had accompanied her to Las Vegas.

"My actual birthday is January 13," she said. "When we get home to Oswego, New York, then we'll have a big party."

The retired physical education and dance teacher said the most she has ever won on a slot machine was $600.

"This is hard to believe," said the winner. "In fact, I first thought I had won $4,000 until a casino host told me I had won the jackpot."

The woman had been playing the penny machine earlier in the evening and left to meet her daughter. She later returned to the same machine and played about $40 before hitting the jackpot.

"I'm going to pay off my car and then talk about the rest of the winnings with my five children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren."

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