Who says you have to gamble big to win big? Well certainly not 45-year-old Mr. Taylor from the UK who was visited by Lady Luck recently when his struggle for sleep prior to a night shift tempted him into the online gambling world.
Taking his chances on the slots at William Hill, Taylor spun the wheel for just 20 pence and doubtless struggled further to catch some sleep after a staggering win of £258,670.
“It’s still not really sunk in,” said Taylor, a self-confessed darts fanatic. “It’s about the equivalent of 20 years’ wages as I won’t pay tax on my winnings.”
“It’s not enough for me to retire, but will make life a lot easier,” added the Burnley resident. “I won’t be worrying about the bills and I’ll be able to go wherever I want on holiday.”
As if the story doesn’t sound exciting enough, it turns out that Taylor lost his internet connection to the William Hill site within mere seconds of his victory. He remained oblivious to his big win until he logged back on to see a substantially increased balance in his online account.
Taylor hasn’t earned the title of biggest winner on the William Hill slots, as 23-year-old barman from Doncaster, Lien Bailey, hit an even bigger win early last year when he struck it lucky in the ‘Millionaires Club’.
Despite the huge sums won by the Englishmen, the ultimate slots prize goes to Ly Sam, a Vietnamese-American online gambling enthusiast who pocketed $55,542,296.73 after spinning the wheels for just ten cents in the Polazzo Club at the Sheraton Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.
Initially, the casino refused to honor the jackpot since the record sum was actually a technical glitch. However, Sam was awarded the sum of 1.5 million Vietnamese Dong after a ruling by the District 1 Peoples Court in Ho Chi Minh City settled in favor of the player.
So while you may never know when Lady Luck is going to grace you with her presence, it is worth keeping in mind that these stories are one-in-a-million tales of luck. But next time you’re struggling to sleep, it may be worth the 20 pence spin just to see what happens.