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British man wins big as Stratosphere's 40 millionth visitor

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Paul Hobson (left) and James Kennedy smile for the cameras after Kennedy is recognized as the 40 millionth visitor to the Stratosphere on April 21, 2014. (Joe Lybarger/FOX5) Paul Hobson (left) and James Kennedy smile for the cameras after Kennedy is recognized as the 40 millionth visitor to the Stratosphere on April 21, 2014. (Joe Lybarger/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A British man vacationing in Las Vegas got quite a surprise Monday while waiting to ascend the Stratosphere.

James Kennedy, of Birmingham, England, was pulled out of the line waiting to travel to the top of the tower. With streamers and balloons in hand, Stratosphere Vice President and General Manager Paul Hobson shook Kennedy's hand.

"You might not know this, but we're about celebrate a very important milestone," Hobson said.

Kennedy was the 40 millionth visitor to the iconic, 1,149-foot-tall tower. He was awarded a stay-and-play package valued at $2,500, including a two-night stay at a suite, dinner at Top of the World, tickets to one of the two shows at the casino, a limo ride to and from the airport and $1,149 in free slot play.

"I thought it was a mistake of some sort," Kennedy said about the surprise. "I thought I had done something. I thought, 'what have I done?'"

Kennedy said this was his first trip to Las Vegas, and it was just one stop on a tour of the U.S. with a group of friends.

"They won't believe me," Kennedy said when asked what his friends might say about the news.

The Stratosphere opened in April 1996 and is the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

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