Man hits Megabucks jackpot close to home

St. Catharines resident wins more than $2.3 million at

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort

Apr 11, 2005, 01:00 ET from Fallsview Casino

    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, April 11 /PRNewswire/ - A St. Catharines contractor is
 $2.3 million richer after hitting a Megabucks slot machine jackpot at Niagara
 Fallsview Casino Resort early this morning.
     Jean Pierre Paroyan, 63, was playing one of Fallsview's Megabucks
 progressive slot machines around 12:45am when the three Megabucks logos lined
 up on his machine, earning him the main jackpot of $2,300,471.71 as well as a
 secondary jackpot of $5,063.22.
     "This will make my life a little bit easier now," said Paroyan with a
     A native of southern France who will celebrate his 50th year in Canada
 next month, Paroyan says he has worked very hard all his life and is looking
 forward to a rest, even though he does not plan to retire from his custom
 home-building business right away.
     "We couldn't be happier for Mr. Paroyan," said Larry L. Lewin, President,
 Niagara Casinos. "What a great surprise for someone contemplating retirement
 after a lifetime of hard work."
     Megabucks is a progressive slot machine system created by International
 Gaming Technology. The machines were introduced in Las Vegas casinos in 1986.
 Since then, they have become famous for their large jackpots.
     Megabucks machines were first installed at Casino Niagara, Casino Windsor
 and Casino Rama in June, 2001. In 2003, Megabucks machines were introduced at
 five charity casinos throughout Ontario - Casino Sault Ste. Marie, Brantford
 Charity Casino, Point Edward Charity Casino, Thunder Bay Charity Casino and
 Thousand Islands Charity Casino. Fallsview became Ontario's ninth Megabucks
     The Megabucks machines at all nine properties are linked to a single
 progressive jackpot that begins at $1 million and climbs until a customer at
 any one of the participating properties hits the winning payline. The counters
 are immediately reset to $1 million at all the properties whenever the top
 prize is awarded. A secondary progressive jackpot beginning at $5,000 can also
 be won.
     Paroyan is the second person to win a Megabucks jackpot at Niagara
 Fallsview Casino Resort. On October 30, 2004, Toronto tax accountant Nick
 Hulst was playing at Fallsview when he won a $5.7 million Megabucks jackpot to
 set the new Canadian jackpot record. Hulst's win came just moments before
 Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin arrived at Fallsview to address members of
 the Ontario Caucus of the federal Liberal party during their annual general
     Four people have won Megabucks jackpots at Fallsview's sister property,
 Casino Niagara:
     -   "Rita-Anna", 57, of Stoney Creek, Ontario, won $2.86 million on
         August 2, 2002
     -   Doris Wendt, 68, of North Tonawanda, NY, won $5.6 million on
         February 14, 2002
     -   Maryam Talini of Mississauga, Ontario, won $1.3 million on July 21,
     -   Pam Fowler of Stoney Creek, Ontario, won $1.3 million on July 7, 2001
     There have also been six Megabucks wins at other Ontario casinos:
     -   On December 3, 2004, Winne McKinley of Prince Edward Island won more
         than $1.4 million at Great Blue Heron Charity Casino
     -   On February 28, 2004, a Windsor, Ontario, man won more than
         $4.5 million at Casino Windsor
     -   On August 7, 2003, a man from Essex County, Ontario, won more than
         $2.6 million at Casino Windsor
     -   On April 18, 2003, a man from LaSalle, Ontario, won almost $2 million
         at Casino Windsor
     -   On October 20, 2002, a woman from Parry Sound, Ontario, won more than
         $2.3 million at Casino Rama
     -   On April 8, 2002, a Michigan man won just over $1.8 million at Casino
     To date, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara alone have
 given away over $19 million in top-prize Megabucks jackpots.
     Speaking about Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and its staff, Paroyan
 said, "Niagara needed something like this and the staff I've been dealing with
 have been just wonderful."

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