While slots are easy to play, and allow low stakes, they have been the source of some of the the biggest jackpots at Betwinner. The introduction of progressive jackpots further increased the amount of money a player can win exponentially; causing players to be able to win huge jackpots of up to millions of dollars, from both land and online-based casinos. This is contrary to the belief held by a large number of people that suggests that the gambling system is designed to prevent people from winning in the long run.
The following include a list of ten of the biggest jackpots wins in casino history:
MGM Grand (Las Vegas, NV): Kerry Packer was an Australian Billionaire (one of the richest people in his country at the time of his death), with a net worth of $6.5 billion. One evening in Las Vegas, he decided to play baccarat and blackjack out of curiosity, which won him between $20 and $40 million. The exact amount is unknown, as he had several large amount wins.
Excalibur (Las Vegas, NV): In March 2003, a twenty-five-year old engineer traveled from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to cheer his basketball team. A few hours before the match, the young engineer decided to play at the skit machines in Excalibur. After spending up to $100 on the slot machine, he hit jackpot. He had won an ephemeral $39,713,982.25. He kept his name secret, and requested that the casino pay him approximately $1.5 million every year.
Palace Station (Las Vegas, NV): Stubbornness is an important factor in winning slots games, and it was especially true for a 60-year old woman who won $680,000 from the Wheel of Fortune gaming machine. This elderly woman invested all the winnings into her gaming activity–as she kept visiting the establishment. Before long, her investments yielded huge profits, as she won the jackpot at the Megabucks slots, with winnings of above $27 million.
Mirage (Las Vegas, NV): While it is extremely difficult to win up to a million dollars, a number of people have done it more than once. One such person is Elmer Sherwin, a veteran of World War II, and a 76-year old man at the time of his first jackpot of $4.6 million, ten hours after the opening of the casino. Elmer spent the money on a world tour, after which he continued to visit gambling venues regularly, twice a week. Sixteen years after his first winning, he hit the jackpot again at the same place, except this is much bigger. He had won $21 million. He spent the majority of this winning on charity, towards those affected by hurricane Katrina.
Caesar, Borgata, and Tropicana Casinos (Atlantic City): Between December, 2010 and April, 2011, Don Johnson won $15 million at three different casinos in Atlantic City with his luck and skills, which earned him the nickname “The Killer from Atlantic City.” He won $4.23 million at the Caesar casino, $5 million dollars at the Borgata gambling casino, and $5.8 million at a twelve-hour session at Tropicana casino.
Gold Coast (Las Vegas, NV): A postal official, John Tippin, traveled to Las Vegas for vacation in 1996, where he set a world record by winning the Megabucks jackpot of $12 million. Thereafter, he embarked on spending on beautiful women and luxurious vehicles. Five years later, John published a book titled “I did it! My Life After Megabucks,” where he detailed the story of how he went from a multi-millionaire to a loser and an alcoholic.
Fremont (Las Vegas, NV): Amy Nishimura, an elderly Hawaii dweller, said: “Need money? Ask, and it will be given to you.” Amy had traveled to Las Vegas for the holidays when she got attracted to a game machine, which she said seemed alive to her. Without any gambling tricks and tips, she moved closer to the machine, and began to talk to it, explaining that she needed money and seeking luck. Thereafter, she dropped less than $100 coin. Three hours later, Amy Nishimura had hit a jackpot of $8.9 million.
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort (Chester, WV): On June 7, 2006, Beverly Whitten had recently retired after a 38-year teaching career, and probably thought her life was near its end. About a week later, she played a slot machine titled “Golden Chambers” for two hours and won the jackpot with up to $3,718,311 in winnings. Beverly had no idea how and where to spend the money, so she requested that the casino pay her in installments, with a sum of $1,945 per month.
Fifty London Casino (London): In line with the statement, “the rich get richer,” Mike Ashley, the English billionaire and owner of the Newcastle United Football Club visited a famous casino, Fifty, in 2008, where he decided to spend only 15 minutes of his time playing roulette. Ashley declared to everyone present that he would bet only once–on the number 17, which ended up winning him $1.6 million dollars.
Monte Carlo Casino (Monaco): Charles Wells is a well-known roulette player who dream about wealth and popularity all his life. He spent all the money he had on roulette, until he won 1 million Francs. In July 1981, Charles went to play roulette wheel at Monte Carlo, after he had taken a loan from the bank on the secrets of his famous invention. He played for eleven hours during which he was able to break the bank twelve times.