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Lucky Tourist Won $300K at a Las Vegas Airport Slot Machine

Las Vegas News
by Eben Diskin Mar 2, 2021

Going to Las Vegas and not gambling is a feat of ultimate self-control. Even if you want to steer clear of casinos, you’ll be hit with gambling opportunities at McCarran International Airport on your way into or out of the city — the Las Vegas airport is full of slot machines ready to satiate the urges of impatient gamblers. For one tourist leaving Sin City, the airport slots represented her last chance at a big haul, and she ended up winning $302,000 while waiting for her flight home.

The woman, from Flower Mound, Texas, was playing a Wheel of Fortune slot machine on February 25 while waiting for her Southwest Airlines flight in the B concourse when she hit the jackpot.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 500 of the airport’s 1,400 slot machines are in operation at the moment, Travel and Leisure reports.

The win is not, however, the largest jackpot from one of the airport’s slot machines. In July, a visitor from California won $873,000 at one of the machines, and the all-time record is actually $3.96 million, explains USA Today.

So just because you came up empty at Caesar’s Palace or the Bellagio, don’t lose hope yet. Show up early to the airport, post up at a slot machine, and try your luck.

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