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Co-workers settle dispute over Megabucks jackpot

A pair of Houston co-workers settled a lawsuit over the rights to a $12.7 million Megabucks jackpot won at the Aria nearly a year ago for an confidential amount.

Michael Griffin III, a Houston-based attorney for William Perrin, said in an email Thursday the case had been settled.

Perrin sued Diana Walker in Harris County District Court in February after the woman came to Las Vegas in January and won the $12.7 million Megabucks slot machine jackpot.

In the lawsuit, Perrin claimed he told Walker about Megabucks and provided her with information on the gambling system that links slot machines in casinos statewide to amass multimillion-dollar jackpots.

Perrin claimed he gave Walker $6 to gamble on Megabucks, taught her how to play the slot machine, and, with a sticky note, “memorialized” an agreement to split any winnings.

Perrin’s attorneys cited Texas law showing that a partnership was formed when the two parties simply agreed to split any money won on the slot machine.

Neither Aria, which is operated by MGM Resorts International, nor International Game Technology, which runs the Megabucks system, were named in the lawsuit.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.

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