For those of you unaware of the Lionís Share lore, itís a slot machine thatís been ďoverdueĒ to hit. It hasn't had a jackpot in some 15 years. According to gaming mathematician Michael Shackleford, the probability of winning the jackpot is roughly 1 in 20.5 million. Well, last night around 11 p.m., Walter Misco became Mr. 1 in 20.5 million when he hit for $2.4 million on the progressive machine.
Las Vegas Review-Journal gossip Norm Clarke reports Misco put in $100 at the bidding of his wife to go and win it all. Five minutes later, he did. Norm says the 66 year old raises horses outside Manchester.
Not so ecstatic? The couple next in line according to Clarke:
Most devastated husband/wife in Las Vegas? An Asian couple from Seattle was next in line when @mgmgrand slot hit $2.4M. thx John O'Donnell— Norm Clarke (@Norm_Clarke) August 24, 2014
This writer is no odds specialist, but it seems the odds of the Lionís Share machine hitting right before SLS Las Vegas opened on the north end of the Strip are even slimmer! Obviously, this was a situation of chance, but itís amusing the rival casinos would have such important events at nearly the same time.
Over the years, there's been conflicting stories about whether the eventual jackpot winner would also walk away with the slot machine. We're still trying to confirm that at this hour.