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Thrills and prizes are in store when SkyJump celebrates 200,000 jumpers

Thrills and prizes are in store when SkyJump celebrates 200,000 jumpers
Dare to make the 108-floor plunge from the top of the Stratosphere and win prizes. (Stratosphere)

Since 2010, nearly 200,000 people have walked off the edge of the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and lived to tell the tale. SkyJump, the thrill ride where adventurous types can make the controlled 855-foot drop from the top of the 1,149-foot Stratosphere, is on the verge of hosting its 200,000th jumper.

That means a celebration for this bucket-list ride that takes about 17 seconds to go from the 108th floor to the landing pad at the bottom.

The 200,000th jumper wins a $2,000 grand prize that includes a seven-day cruise to Mexico on Norwegian Cruise Lines, a three-night stay at the Stratosphere, cocktails and food at Level 107 Lounge and Radius, the new rooftop pool and wet lounge, plus official SkyJump merchandise.

Head over to the Stratosphere's Facebook page to guess when the lucky person will jump, and a winner will be selected there to win a seven-day cruise to Mexico on Norwegian Cruise Lines as well.

Once the 200,000th person makes that descent, all paid jumpers for the rest of the day also get added to a drawing for prizes such as discounts, free meals, free slot play, free room stays and more.

Riders on this attraction wear a special jumpsuit, and then get connected to a high-speed "descender" machine. Look out over the Las Vegas skyline or dare to look down after stepping off. Near the end of the descent, the machine slows down for a soft landing.

Tickets to SkyJump start at $109.99.

Tickets: Stratosphere, (800) 998-6937

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