Everyone dreams of winning big at the casino, whether is it at an online casino or an actual venue. Progressive jackpot pokies are the main source of the biggest casino wins in history. How many of these have you heard of?
$39.7 Million at Excalibur is one of the biggest casino wins ever
You have to go back to March 2003 to discover one of the biggest casino wins of all time. A 25-year-old engineer visited Las Vegas to support his basketball team. He headed to the Excalibur to waste some time before the match began. It was the best decision he ever made.
The young engineer literally hit the jackpot of the Megabucks Jackpot pokie made by International Game Technology (IGT). Once the music stopped playing and the shock had subsided our anonymous hero was $39.7 million richer!
Amazingly, the same pokie has paid out similar-sized jackpots previously. It awarded $34.9 million in January 2000 and $22.6 million in May 2002. Look for Megabucks Jackpot if you head to Las Vegas, it loves paying out the biggest casino wins!
Did Kerry Packer Win $40 Million in Las Vegas?
The late Kerry Packer is said to have won up to $40 million at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Packer, father to casino mogul James Packer, died from kidney failure in 2005. Legend has it that Packer Snr played baccarat and blackjack while at the MGM Grand some time before his death. Lady Luck was shining down on him because he won at least $20 million in one session. Some people put Packer’s winnings figure closer to $40 million.
Packer was already extremely wealthy, he died with a $6.5 billion fortune, so he splashed the cash. An MGM waiter and waitress received $1 million each.
He also suffered a massive losing session in 1999 while visiting London. Reports at the time suggested Packer’s losses weighed in at $28 million. You win some, you lose some.
Biggest Casino Wins Online
Online casinos have paid out some astronomical sums over the years. They have an advantage over their bricks and mortar equivalent in that they have much smaller overheads. It is also easier to link together more of the progressive pokies.
Mega Fortune is one such progressive jackpot pokie that paid out a gargantuan sum. It was January 2013 that a 40-year-old Finnish man was playing on Scandinavian casino PAF. He placed a single €0.25 bet on the pokie, triggered the bonus game before hitting the jackpot. The €17,861,800.47 was worth approximately $24 million at the time.
The biggest casino wins to feature in the Guinness Book of Records happened in October 2015. Jon Heywood from Crewe, United Kingdom, triggered the Microgaming Mega Moolah jackpot and it was huge.
Heywood collected an incredible €17,879,465 while playing for €0.25 spins. This was the equivalent of £13,209,300 or $20,062,600! Heywood’s gigantic prize was awarded in one lump sum and was officially written into the history books.
Woman Wins Two Jackpots at Palace Station
Most casino game players will never hit the jackpot once in their lives, but this lucky woman did so twice! The retired flight attendant banked a cool $680,000 but still frequented Palace Station in Las Vegas. One day, in 1998, she was playing the Megabucks pokie and planned to only spend $100. She actually overspent by $200 but it proved to be great for her as she won its jackpot. It was the first time Megabucks’ jackpot has climbed over $20 million and she walked away with $27.9 million!
Las Vegas saw another double jackpot winner in the shape of Elmer Sherwin. In 1989, then aged 76, Sherwin won $4.6 million in the Megabucks pokie at The Mirage, Las Vegas. Amazingly, 16-years later, Sherwin won again, this time $21.1 million at the Cannery Casino! Sherwin gave away millions of his fortune to charity and family members.