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The stories of the life-altering multi-million dollar wins from playing slot machines make our eyes water and our hearts race. If it could happen to them, it could happen to me, right? While normally focuses on no deposit bonuses and free spin , here, we'll delve into the world of brick and mortar casino wins!

Well, maybe! Read below how some of these ordinary folk managed to bag some of history’s highest paying slots wins in Vegas.

Win: $39,710,826.36 Winner: anonymous 25-year-old software engineer Location: Excalibur Casino

Excalibur Casino

On March 21st, 2003, the highest jackpot in all of Vegas history was hit by an anonymous engineer from LA who played $100. He decided to pass by the machine as he waited for a basketball game to start, only to walk away with over $39 million. Who would not want to remain anonymous after such a significant win? Besides, how lucky can you be to earn such a colossal amount whiling away some time? The $100 is most likely the best investment he had made in a long time. He opted for a $1.5M yearly payout over the next 25 years.

Win: $34,959,458.56 Winner: Cynthia Jay-Brennan, Cocktail waitress Location: Desert Inn

Desert Inn

Cynthia was 37 when she hit the second-largest jackpot, making hers the largest payout in Vegas history at the time (January 26th, 2000).

Win: $27,580,879.60 Winner: Anonymous Location: Palace Station

Palace Station

Johanna, then a 67-year-old flight attendant had only planned to spend $100 at the Megabucks slot machine. You can thus imagine her pleasant surprise when she decided to overrun her budget and play an additional $300 and ended up raking in over $27M in winnings.

Win: $22,621,229.74 Winner: Johanna Heundl Location: Bally’s

Ballys Casino

Then 74 years old on May 27th, 2002, Johanna was on her way to breakfast when she decided to stop at a Megabucks slot machine. It must have come as a surprise when all the icons aligned at the pay line, making her more than $22M richer.

Win: $21,346,952.22 Winner: anonymous Location: Caesar’s Palace

Caesars Palace

On June 1st, 1999, a 49-year-old gentleman who ran a business consultancy firm decided to stop by a Megabucks machine. Sheer luck had it that he would win the multi-million dollar jackpot after playing his first $10 bill.

Win: $21,147,947 Winner: Elmer Sherwin Location: Cannery Casino Hotel

Cannery Casino Hotel

Apparently, the odds of one person taking home multi-million dollar jackpots are not as astronomical as previously assumed. Elmer Sherwin, a World War II veteran, had been a frequent visitor of Vegas who must have enjoyed playing at the slot machines. In 1989, he was 76 when he hit a Megabucks jackpot of $4.6M at The Mirage; only to take home over $21M sixteen years later at the age of 92. To add to the intriguing nature of his win, the Mirage had only opened to the public ten hours before he made his first win.

He used the first $4.6M to travel the world, then donated most of his second winnings.

Win: $17,329,817.80 Winner: anonymous Location: M Resort

M Resort

It is absolutely possible to garner $17.3 million using free play credits, as evidenced by a 47-year-old lady who resided in Vegas. She was on her way to cash in some dinner vouchers when she decided to stop by a machine and also cash in her free-play credits.

Win: 14,282,544.21 Winner: an anonymous man Location: Rampart Casino

Rampart Casino

In November 2014, a Las Vegas man sat at a Megabucks slot machine, and in 5 minutes, he had won another of the largest payouts in the history of Vegas slot machines. He must have surprised many a person with his plan to donate his cash to his church that had been holding services in a high school gym.

Win: $12,769,933 Winner: Anonymous Location: Aria

Aria Casino

A lady who had traveled to Vegas to visit her niece decided to play some $6 at a Megabucks machine, only to end up $12.8M richer. She was so flabbergasted when the icons aligned themselves that she thought the machine had broken down.

Win: $11 million Winner: John Tippin

Megabucks Slot Machine

In 1996, John, then a postal worker on a Vegas vacation hit the $11 million jackpot on a Megabucks machine. While such a win would exhilarate many people, unfortunately, all John felt was isolation, fear, and paranoia. In his book, I Did It! My Life After Megabucks described the downside of being a multi-millionaire. Being a multi-millionaire is not just a bed of roses.

Win: $8.9 million Winner: Amy Nishimura Location: Freemont Hotel


The then 79-year-old Amy had been on vacation from her Hawaii home in Vegas when she decided to visit her favorite slot machine. She had always played at the same machine and spoken to it for 'good luck.' Three hours and $100 later, she had scooped an $8.9 million win, a reward for her persistence.


These winnings are probably an indication that persistence, tenacity, and sheer luck with a Megabucks slot machine can instantly transform your life.

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