Man Turns $9 Bet on Slots Into $11 Million
A Postal Service employee from Honolulu played only $9 Saturday before hitting a world record slot jackpot of $11.9 million.
John Tippin, 50, landed the jackpot on a Megabucks progressive slot machine at the Las Vegas Hilton.
“It’s surreal,” he said. “The first thing I realized is my life just changed as I know it. . . . It has me thinking about [retiring and] sleeping in in the morning.”
Tippin’s jackpot breaks the record of $10.9 million won Oct. 18 at another Las Vegas Megabucks machine.
Tippin, a labor relations specialist, flew with his wife for Super Bowl weekend. “I was getting ready to play another machine when it happened,” he said. “I wasn’t even trying for it.”
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