Huendl was on her way to breakfast when she stopped to play the machine. She said she had seen a man winning on the machine the night before and was hoping to win the smaller $3,000 progressive. "I looked away from the machine for a moment and when I looked back, the three Megabucks® logos had lined up on the payline. I couldn't believe my eyes!" Huendl said initially she misread the meter and thought she had won $2 million.
The casino surveillance videotape of the jackpot shows her hands flying to her face as she stares at the machine. In a matter of seconds, the tape shows a crowd beginning to gather and a man playing at a nearby Megabucks® machine jumps up and kisses Huendl. "Yes," she said with a smile, "they all wanted to touch me."
A native of Vienna, Austria, she came to this country in 1956 as a young bride. Huendl says she plans to visit family in Austria with her winnings. She is regular visitor to Bally's Las Vegas and says she'll be coming even more often as a result of winning Megabucks®.
Only the world record $34.9 million won at the Desert Inn in Jan. 2000, and $27.5 million won at Palace Station in Nov. 1998, are larger than this $ 22.6 million Megabucks® jackpot. IGT (NYSE: IGT - News), which developed and operates Megabucks® and 19 other MegaJackpots(TM) systems in Nevada, has paid out $382 million to Megabucks® winners in the state since 1986.
IGT is the world leader in the manufacturing of gaming machines and proprietary software for progressive gaming systems. All IGT MegaJackpots(TM) are paid in annual installments upon verification, except Regis' Cash Club(TM), $1,000,000 Pyramid(TM), Elvis®, The Addams Family(TM), Party Time(TM), and video Jeopardy!® which are paid in their entirety upon verification.
For more information on IGT, visit the company web site at www.IGT.com .