Most everyone would love to win the lottery or hit it big at the casino but unfortunately, the majority of us will only dream of striking it rich. However, there are plenty of people out there that Lady Luck has smiled upon and as I’m nosy by nature, I started wondering how much they won.
Forget the penny-slots where you win a couple thousand bucks at most, these folks won some real coin on the one-armed bandit. Whether they struck it rich at a traditional casino or took advantage of exclusive bonuses without deposit at various online venues, I’ve found some of the biggest slot winners from around the world.
#1 – Unknown Player – With right at $38 million his/her pocket, it’s obvious why this winner decided to remain anonymous. The big payday happened at the Excalibur hotel-casino in Las Vegas when the lucky player dropped three $1 coins in a Megabucks Jackpot machine.
#2 – C. Brennan – Coming in a close second with a $35 million haul is a woman that also won big on a Megabucks Jackpot machine in Las Vegas but over at the Desert Inn.
#3 – Anonymous Woman – Another Megabucks Jackpot player netted close to $28 million all the way back in 1998 at the Palace Station Casino
#4 – Biggest Online Win – In 2013, a Finnish player logged on to NetEnt and hit $22 million on their famous progressive slot, Mega Fortune.
#5 – An Older Winner – Yet another Megabucks Jackpot, Johanna Heundl who was 74 at the time, won a little under $23 million at Bally’s in May 2002.
#6 – Biggest Single Spin Online Win – In April of last year, a Belgian player set a world record when they turned a $17 stake into $22 million on an Absolootly Mad Mega Moolah game.
#7 – More Megabucks – A $10 wager in 1999 netted an anonymous 49-year-old from Illinois a nice $21.3 million at Caesars Palace.
#8 – Winner, Winner – While Elmer Sherwin’s win of $4.6 million on a Megabucks machine at the Mirage Hotel & Casino in 1989 doesn’t earn him a spot on this list, his second Megabucks win of $21.1 million at the Cannery Casino & Hotel sure does. If you add those two wins together, ole Elmer moves up several spots on this list.
#9 – Another Big Online Winner – Back in 2013, a British soldier logged into Betway, dropped around $30 into a Mega Moolah slot, and walked away with approximately $21 million.
#10 – Free is Always Better – Especially when that freebie is $17 million. That’s right, 10 years ago a woman walked into the M Resort in Henderson, Nevada and used her free credits for spins on a Megabucks machine and walked away with her pockets overflowing.
#11 – One More Megabucks – Rounding out the top 10, in 2013 a player at the Rampart Casino in Las Vegas plucked in $20 and hit $14 million.
While some of the biggest winners struck it rich at traditional casinos, as you can see from the list above, there are some big online winners too. Playing the slots is fun, and perhaps a little addictive, and the thrill of the chase keeps a lot of players coming back for more.
The odds may not be forever in your favor but at least you know that it is indeed possible to beat the house.