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Connie Thiele won Megabucks with a $20 bill after switching machines
Connie Thiele won Megabucks with a $20 bill after switching machines

WELCOME to Kimo’s Vegas ... The Player’s Edge!

IF AT FIRST you don’t succeed ... switch machines. While this strategy has never worked for me, it was a winning one for Connie Thiele. She and her husband decided to play the slots to earn enough points for a free buffet at the Palms. Having pumped $150 into one IGT Megabucks slot machine, she switched to another, inserted a $20 bill and won $21,030,664.90 on her next ($3) pull. Who said “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”?

MEGABUCKS TRIVIA ... Jumbo progressive jackpots are usually paid off in 25 equal installments with the first payment of 1/25 made on the day you win. Most companies also give you the option of taking a one-time lump sum payment equal to 1/25 of the jackpot plus the annuity payment. IGT (the makers of the Megabucks slot machine) does not reveal the payment details, but every Megabucks winner so far has chosen the lump sum option. Imagine the look on the teller’s face when you deposit that check.

MAY 14 WAS the 10th anniversary of the Chairman of the Board’s passing, and the U.S. Postal Service held a first-day dedication of his commemorative stamp in three locations including his hometown of Hoboken, N.J., and in front of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas. According to his daughter, Tina Sinatra, Martin Scorsese has signed on to direct a major motion picture about the life of her dad.

IMPERSONATOR, SINGER, comedian and ventriloquist Terry Fator is moving his act from the Las Vegas Hilton to the Mirage. The America’s Got Talent million-dollar winner will headline his own showroom when Danny Gans leaves for the Wynn later this year.

CONGRATS TO the cast of Mamma Mia!, including Castle grad Jacqueline Holland Wright, on their 2,000th Las Vegas performance.

Terry Fator and friends
Terry Fator and friends

FAMILY AFFAIR ... Carlos Santana’s “Live Your Light” 2008 World Tour rolls into the MGM Grand Garden Arena Oct. 4. Opening for dad is son Salvador and his Salvador Santana Band. Look for a new Santana two-disc compilation called Multi-Dimensional Warrior coming out in August.

SINGER STILL SIDELINED ... Flamingo headliner Toni Braxton is scheduled to be out until June 6.

LAST WEEK a woman from Missouri put a chip she got from her first trip to Vegas on eBay. Imagine her surprise when the bidding on the souvenir she kept in her jewelry box for 47 years ended at $29,988.88! The $1 Showboat Casino chip now holds the record for the most $$$ ever paid for a dollar chip. Get the link for this auction (maybe your mom has one of these in her jewelry box) at

TIGER WOODS may be adding his name to the list of celebs who have a Vegas crib ... if he decides to buy the 17,000-square-foot Parade of Homes winner that’s captured his fancy.You can make Tiger your neighbor by purchasing a home in the new Ridges at Summerlin development.

THE RECORD for what many believe to be the best golf course in America or even the world, Shadow Creek, is 60 and held by the most successful golfer of all time, Eldrick “Tiger” Woods.

YOU CAN SAVE $40 on Phantom tickets by going to the Venetian website and entering the code IDOL before the American Idol winner is announced on May 21.


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