Couple wins $2.4 million from fabled Las Vegas slot machine

An American 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, New Hampshire, played for five minutes Friday night before inserting a $100 bill into the "Lion's Share" slot machine at the MGM Grand and hitting the jackpot.

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.

The machine had developed a cult following, with both a Twitter account and a Facebook page.

Los Angeles Times

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