Caesars Palace Pays Another Million-Dollar Slot Winner, One of Three in 67 Days; Winner Gets it Wire Transferred in a Lump Sum.
It was Caesars Palace's anniversary, but vacationers Danny and Brandie Harris, a young couple from Broken Arrow, Okla., got the gift.
Danny won $1,004,008 while playing a Million Dollar Babies slot machine at the Las Vegas resort. The Aug. 5 win marked the 33rd anniversary of Caesars Palace -- a resort famed for its high-roller casino action -- and its third million-plus slot machine winner in 67 days.
Hungry for dinner, the couple had decided to play $20 before seeking a restaurant. At 5 p.m. Thursday, Danny lined up the three winning symbols on the no-limit progressive dollar slot machine on the fourth pull of the handle, with only $12 invested. Danny said he always puts three coins -- the maximum bet -- in the dollar slot machines, to assure a chance to win the highest payout.
The win marks the 18th million-plus slot machine jackpot at Caesars Palace, which paid Las Vegas' first million-dollar slot winner on Aug. 14, 1983. The most recent was last June 1, when an unemployed midwest businessman won more than $21 million. On Saturday, Aug. 7, the resort will present a $1 million first-place cash jackpot to the winner of its Maximus slot tournament.
"Thank God and thank Caesars Palace," exclaimed Danny, 32, as he and Brandie, 26, were offered a mountain of hundred dollars bills equal to their jackpot. Asked how they would spend their money, Danny said, "Carefully. We'll pay off bills, buy a bigger house, buy a second car and help our parents."
Brandie said she would quit her job as credit manager for a financial services company, freeing her to stay home to care for their 15-month-old daughter. Danny, who has a 13-year-old daughter by a previous marriage, said he plans to continue working as manager of a health-food business.
The jackpot was paid immediately via wire transfer in one lump sum -- no annual payments. The two had just arrived in the city for a vacation. They dined in the resort's famed Palace Court restaurant and were treated to a luxurious suite in the hotel.