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
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,
- "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."
SOURCE Fallsview Casino