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Wheel of Fortune MegaJackpot at Golden Nugget Las Vegas pays $1.67 Million


LAS VEGAS – Debbie Psychopedas, 37, won $1,679,200 while playing a Wheel of Fortune® dollar MegaJackpot® at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino Monday.

          The winner, a Stamford, Conn. resident, is a 15-year Golden Nugget patron and was vacationing at the luxury downtown resort when she hit the MegaJackpot® on her third spin. Psychopedas was playing the maximum bet on a $1 Wheel of Fortune® machine having invested a total of $6 when she hit the progressive payout shortly after 10 a.m.

          “We’ve been spending one night at the Golden Nugget every vacation for the past 15 years,” said the excited winner. “For some reason, this time we decided to come for a day trip…it sure paid off.”

          Psychopedas, an office manager, indicated that she loves her job and has no plans of quitting. Although she is still unsure about how she will spend the majority of the money, the new millionaire says she does plan to treat herself to a new bracelet.

          Wheel of Fortune® slot machines are themed after the popular TV game show and follow the standard three-reel format and associated pay tables. The progressive jackpot is paid when all three reels stop on the Wheel of Fortune® symbol.

         The Golden Nugget Laughlin recently had a similar win on a Wheel of Fortune® pennies MegaJackpot®. Tami Lynn Morrison, a San Dimas, Calif., resident won $1,165,954 while visiting Laughlin with her family for her father’s doctor appointment, Aug. 31, 2007.

          For more information on the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, please call 800-634-3454 or visit us online at

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Winner of the AAA Four-Diamond Award since 1977, the Golden Nugget Las Vegas is the most luxurious resort on the Fremont Street Experience, and consistently receives critical acclaim for exceeding customer expectations. The Golden Nugget offers more than 1,900 deluxe guest rooms and suites; a high-energy casino featuring the most popular slot and video poker machines, table games, race and sports book and poker room; nightly entertainment; world-class restaurants; luxury spa and salon and The Tank, a year-round outdoor swimming pool complete with a live shark aquarium. In September 2005, Landry’s Restaurants, Inc. purchased the Golden Nugget hotels and casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev., and embarked on a 14-month, $100 million renovation project, which was completed November 2006. In December 2007, the Golden Nugget completed its $60 million Phase II project, which expanded the resort west onto First Street and introduced additional entertainment, event and dining venues. Hotel reservations and additional information are available by calling 800-634-3454, or by booking online at

About Wheel of Fortune® and MegaJackpot®

Wheel of Fortune® is a registered trademark of Califon Productions, Inc. All IGT MegaJackpot® top awards are paid in annual installments upon verification, except MegaJackpots Instant Winners Jackpots™ awards, which are paid in their entirety upon verification. For more information on MegaJackpots®, visit


Justin McVay
Golden Nugget Public Relations Manager
129 East Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 386-8107
(702) 387-4413