The Biggest Slots Jackpot Wins Ever
The Green Bay Packers made a profit of $25.3 million last year but that’s peanuts compared to how much the world’s biggest slot jackpot winners have collected.
Below we share the incredible stories of how three seemingly ordinary people managed to become millionaires in a matter of seconds by winning record-breaking jackpots. Plus, we’ll show you what outrageous purchases you could make and how it feels to beat the casino.
So, what should you do with $39.8 million? That’s more than Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Roberts’ combined annual income, FYI.
Know what the best way to show off how rich you are is? Buying ridiculously expensive and unnecessary items of course. Here are some ideas to get you started. All these products scream ‘I’ve got money to burn’:
• A $18,993 Swarovski vacuum
• An $8,000 extinct Huia bird feather
• $1.3 million 22 carat gold toilet paper
• A $50,000 diamond encrusted headset
• Leonardo Di Vinci’s notebook for $31 million
3 People Who Absolutely Owned Vegas
They came, they played and they conquered the famous Strip. These lucky winners pocketed more cash than they could have ever earned in their entire lifetimes. What’s more, they all did it on the same slot game – Megabucks.
The One Who Wouldn’t Tell His Wife
Jackpot Total: $39.8 million
Location: Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Winning Date: March, 2003
An unnamed 25-year-old man won the planet’s biggest ever jackpot with a $100 bet. The man was apparently in town for a basketball match when he found himself with some time to kill. He decided to give the Megabucks slot a go and picked up almost $40 million on his first spin.
While most jackpot winners would be squealing with joy, this man reportedly turned to the casino attendants looking terrified and begged them, ‘Please let me stay anonymous, please don’t tell my wife. She doesn’t approve of me gambling’.
The One With The Curse
Jackpot Total: $34.9 million
Location: Desert Inn Casino, Las Vegas
Winning Date: January, 2000
When cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay Brennan stopped by the Desert Inn Casino to have a few spins on her favorite slot game, she had no idea her life was about to change forever. When she left the casino an hour later she was $34.9 million richer.
Unfortunately, what seemed like a real Vegas fairytale turned out to be more like a nightmare because six weeks after winning the jackpot, Cynthia was involved in a car crash that left her paralyzed. This sad turn of events led to the coining of the term ‘Megabucks Curse’.
The One That Won Twice
Jackpot Total: $27.5 million
Location: Palace Station Casino, Las Vegas
Winning Date: January, 2000
A 67-year-old retired air stewardess managed to pick up two huge jackpots at the same casino. The woman was lucky enough to scoop a $27.5 million jackpot on Megabucks, just a few years after winning $680,000 on the Wheel of Fortune slot game at the Palace Station Casino.
Like all smart visitors to Vegas, she had set herself a betting limit. She promised not to spend more than $100 but when her cash ran out, she chose to play with another $200 instead of going home. On her last bet she hit the jackpot and she hasn’t regretted it since.
How Does It Feel To Win Big On Slots?
You don’t have to imagine what it’s like to hit a giant jackpot anymore. Here are some real life reactions from players around the world who struck it lucky:
Selfish or Selfless: Your Choice
The only financial problem you’ll have if you win a slot jackpot is working out what to do with all your cash. Do you believe that a great fortune comes with great responsibility? Or are you all about treating yourself? Whether you’re a giver or a taker, we’ve got you covered:
For $10 million you can hire a team of 5 FBI Special Agents to act as your personal bodyguards for 15 years or pay your own and 295 other houses energy bills for the next 30 years.
For $29 million you can buy a pair of Caribbean islands with their own marina, villa complexes and pools or buy a McDonalds cheeseburger for every man, woman and child in Venezuela.
For $22.5 million you can get Rihanna to put on a personal performance for you every night for an entire month or pay to put 153 students through college.
For $35.5 million you can buy the world’s 5th most expensive diamond or buy enough groceries to feed 4,828 American’s for the next year.