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Couple wins $2.4 million from fabled Las Vegas slot machine

Couple wins $2.4 million from fabled Las Vegas slot machine
MGM Grand casino officials may let the winning couple take the slot machine back to New Hampshire. (Steve Marcus / Associated Press)

A New Hampshire couple won a $2.4-million jackpot at a vaunted Las Vegas slot machine, ending a 20-year run in which many contestants tried and failed to coax a giant payout from the recalcitrant machine.

Walter and Linda Misco of Chester, N.H., on Friday night inserted a $100 bill into the "Lion's Share" slot machine at the MGM Grand and played for five minutes before hitting the jackpot.

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Aug. 24, 10:35 a.m.: An earlier version of this post said the couple played for five minutes before inserting a $100 bill into the machine. The couple inserted the bill first.
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The game, which is the last progressive slot machine left on the casino's floor, had tempted players since the 1990s with its ever-increasing jackpot. The casino said it was the most popular slot machine on the floor.

"I had seen a story about the machine online and my wife and I walked by the machine when we arrived," Walter Misco, 66 and retired, said at a news conference after the win. "She said, 'You have to play this machine and win on this machine.' So I was just following orders from the boss."

With "Lion's Share" finally having paid out, casino officials are considering allowing the Misco family to take the machine back to New Hampshire.

Contact Matt at matt.hansen2@latimes.com or on Twitter @mtthnsn.

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