DO YOU REALLY KNOW THIS CITY?
Wild Facts About Las Vegas
Whether you’ve been a resident of Southern Nevada your whole life or might be newer to the area, the rich history and crazy facts behind Las Vegas never cease to astound. If you’ve never delved into some of the crazier stories that make this notorious city what it is, then you’re in for a treat. The famous Las Vegas sign isn’t actually in Las Vegas. One of the first things people picture when thinking of Las Vegas is the iconic glittering white sign at the beginning of the strip that reads “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!” But that sign (and most of the Las Vegas strip itself) isn’t actually located within the city limits of Las Vegas. It sits in the neighboring city of Paradise, Nevada. FedEx exists today thanks to gambling in Las Vegas. Frederick W. Smith, the founder and CEO of FedEx, saved his company by gambling. The business wasn’t able to procure the funds needed to support a $24,000 fuel bill for its airplanes to make cross-country deliveries, so Smith took FedEx’s last $5,000 to Vegas and won $27,000 gambling on blackjack (which he used to pay bills). Over 1,000 people live underneath the strip. A network of drainage tunnels running underneath the Las Vegas strip are home to thousands of people. They’ve taken up residence in concrete pits meant to draw rainwater away from the city, which is a big risk if and when Las Vegas ever sees enough rainfall. One monsoon could wash their camps away. The biggest jackpot ever won from slots was $39.7 million. The largest-ever recorded lucky pull went to a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles. He put $100 into a Megabucks slot machine in the Excalibur Hotel in 2003 and won $39.7 million, defeating the one in 16.7 million odds. The money is currently being paid out in 25 annual installments of $1.5 million.
What’s your favorite wild Las Vegas fact? We’d love to know!
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At the Round Table
TEAMING UP WITH THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
To honor those impacted by the Oct. 1 tragedy in 2017, the Golden Knights teamed up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive at the T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 1 this year. “Three years ago, Vegas faced an unimaginable tragedy. Our community stepped up in every way, including waiting in long lines to donate blood to those in need,” Vegas Golden Knights’ President, Kerry Bubolz, said. The VGK and the American Red Cross continually work together to encourage Southern Nevadans to donate blood for trauma patients, just as people did for those who were in need due to the events of that night.
All donors made appointments ahead of time, and everyone in attendance wore masks and followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended safety procedures to make the event a success. Everyone who donated also received a commemorative “Vegas Stronger” hockey puck. We want to thank the Golden Knights for continuing to actively show their support for our Southern Las Vegas community.
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