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4 July 1999

Want to get married in style? Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is offering a Millennium wedding package for only $7,500. It includes deluxe hotel accommodations for two nights, two tickets to the Elton John-Tina Turner concert on December 30th, a wedding ceremony on either New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, a personalized video of the ceremony, champagne and glasses, chocolate-dipped strawberries or fruit bowl (your choice), a commemorative wedding certificate holder, spa passes for one day, and two breakfast buffet tickets. Two breakfast buffet tickets? Where do I sign up?

Here's the lowdown on the latest Megabucks winner. An Asian man, in Vegas on a job hunt, inserted a $10 bill into a Megabucks machine at Caesars Palace. On his first pull, he lined up three winning symbols for a progressive jackpot of over $21 million! This, of course, locked up the machine. And do you know what the winner's biggest concern was? Not that he just won enough money to last him the rest of his life -- but what happened to his other $7? Incidentally, he didn't tip anybody.

That brings up an interesting question. How much should you tip on a slot jackpot of $21 million? Technically, you're supposed to tip 5% to 10% on all winning jackpots, but I can't see forking over $2.1 million to a change person. So I put the question to ten casino workers. Nine said $1,000 would be sufficient, the other said $10,000. Ahh, it's nice to dream, isn't it? Incidentally, the odds of hitting Megabucks, according to mathematician John Robison in Chance and Circumstance magazine, are 49,836,031 to 1.

Barney Vinson

Barney Vinson is one of the most popular and best-selling gaming authors of all time. He is the author of Ask Barney, Las Vegas: Behind the Tables, Casino Secrets, Las Vegas Behind the Tables Part II, and Chip-Wrecked in Las Vegas. His newest book, a novel, is The Vegas Kid.

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Barney Vinson
Barney Vinson is one of the most popular and best-selling gaming authors of all time. He is the author of Ask Barney, Las Vegas: Behind the Tables, Casino Secrets, Las Vegas Behind the Tables Part II, and Chip-Wrecked in Las Vegas. His newest book, a novel, is The Vegas Kid.

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