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July 31, 2015

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Woman hits $12.7 million Megabucks jackpot at CityCenter’s Aria

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Fireworks explode over the Aria hotel-casino during the official opening Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. Aria is the centerpiece of the $8.5 billion CityCenter project, which is a partnership between MGM Mirage and Dubai World.

A gambler at a Strip casino turned $6 into more than $12.7 million when she hit the Megabucks Jackpot at Aria on Friday afternoon.

The gambler, who wished to remain anonymous, was visiting Las Vegas for her niece’s birthday when she hit the jackpot at the CityCenter casino. After she hit the winning symbols, she thought the machine was malfunctioning until her niece pointed out that she had won.

“I was on my way to my room when I saw this machine and decided to play,” she said in a statement.

The winner went on to say she was excited to share the news of her win with her husband and was looking forward to paying off her mortgage.

Reno-based gaming supply company International Game Technology is the maker of the Megabucks product line, which launched in 1986. The largest jackpot ever paid out was $39 million, won in March 2003 at the Excalibur.

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