09/21/2005 12:00AM

Lightning strikes again


LAS VEGAS - Move over, Hugh Hefner. Move over, Brad Pitt. Move over, every millionaire who had to work to earn his money.

The title of "Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth" is the relatively unknown Elmer Sherwin, a 92-year-old Las Vegas resident.

You might have heard of him nearly 16 years ago when he won a then-record $4.6 million jackpot on a Megabucks slot machine on opening night of The Mirage on Nov. 22, 1989. Megabucks is a progressive game by International Game Technology that is networked throughout the state. The odds of winning are estimated to be 16 million to one.

Well, last Thursday at The Cannery in North Las Vegas, Sherwin defied the odds again by becoming the first person to ever win Megabucks twice, this time a $21,147,947 windfall for his $3 bet, the maximum three-coin play on the $1 machine.

Instead of taking the 25-year annuity, Sherwin planned to take a smaller, undisclosed lump-sum payoff. He told IGT executives that he would be making a second donation to a Hurricane Katrina relief fund and would continue to take care of his son and daughter-in-law, with whom he lives in North Las Vegas.

Sherwin, who said he has played once or twice a week since 1989 in hopes of winning a second time, said he would continue to play to see if he can pull off a third score.

Don't bet against him

Professional bettor Ron Boyles was eliminated from both the Leroy's Money Talks Invitational, in which invited participants put up $2,500 of their own money, and the Stardust Invitational last week, but he could hold his head high.

In the Leroy's contest, which uses seven mythical bets of $110 to $770 to grade the contestants, Boyles showed a $500 profit but lost out to "Doc" Moseman of Doc's Sports, who won on his top five selections for a net profit of $2,170.

In the Stardust contest, Boyles went 3-2-2 with his seven plays, including a best-bet winner on Nevada +1 1/2 vs. UNLV, but he was defeated by the one-named gambler Fezzik, who went 4-2-1.

* On Friday night, the Leroy's contest, held in the Riviera sports book and aired live on KDWN AM-720 and kdwn.com from 8-9 p.m., will feature Alf Musketa of vegasinsider.com and Adam Meyer of adamwins.com. Meyer burst on the scene last year when he did the "Rock N Roll Challenge" on Larry Grossman's "You Can Bet On It" radio show, in which he put up $20,000 to be given to charity if he couldn't pick 60 percent. He started out red-hot - 9-3 (75 percent) after four weeks and 13-5 (72 percent) after six weeks - then flamed out, going under 50 percent the rest of the way, to finish 28-23 (55 percent) overall.

* At the Stardust, held across the street from the Riv and also aired live on the same station and website from 9-10 p.m., Kevin O'Neill of consumerbets.com will take on "Fairway" Jay Ginsbach of sportsmemo.com. O'Neill is one of just two contestants to post 7-0 marks in the Stardust tourney. Ginsbach is making his first appearance.

Magliulo returns to employer

Vinny Magliulo, who designed and opened the Wynn Las Vegas race and sports book in April and ran it before resigning last month, has accepted the position of vice president of marketing and corporate development for Las Vegas Dissemination Company.

The company is the wagering hub in Nevada, importing the simulcast signals from racetracks and relaying the feeds to the race books. Magliulo had been the director of corporate development at the company from December 2000 to May 2004 before leaving for Wynn.

Magliulo, a 27-year veteran in the gaming industry who made a name for himself as the race and sports book director at Caesars Palace for 14 years and having a big media presence, including appearances with CBS and ESPN, will be responsible for the continuing relationship between LVDC and the member race books of the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association as well as developing growth strategies moving forward.

Auto racing action on and off track

If the first race of the "Chase to the Championship" in the Nextel Cup racing series was any indication, the rest of the series should be exciting to watch.

The biggest news to come out of last Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway was the fights and war of words (some of the four-letter variety) between drivers. In the actual race, Ryan Newman, who was in 10th place of the 10 drivers who qualified to be eligible for the championship title, won at 10-1.

Station Casinos had Newman tied for the longest shot on the board at 18-1 to win the title heading into the final 10 races of the year, but after his victory, Newman is now the fifth choice at 7-1. The favorite is still Tony Stewart at 5-2, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle at 4-1 and Matt Kenseth at 9-2.

In Sunday's race, the MNBA Racepoints 400 at Dover International Speedway, Stations has Stewart and Biffle as the co-favorites at 6-1, with Kenseth at 7-1, Johnson at 9-1, and Newman again at 10-1, along with defending champion Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, and Kasey Kahne.