Las Vegas draws millions of visitors each year who have high hopes of hitting it big and becoming a multimillionaire, but did you know, you’re actually more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to win a giant jackpot? Although it doesn’t happen often, there have been quite a few extremely lucky people who have walked away with some substantial checks from Las Vegas casinos. These are a few of the biggest recorded slot jackpots ever won in Las Vegas history.
$39,710,826 – In March 2003, an unknown software engineer from Los Angeles won almost $40 million on a MegaBucks machine at Excalibur Hotel and Casino after playing only $100.
$34,955,489 – Las Vegas cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan won nearly $35 million playing MegaBucks at the Desert Inn in January 2000. Tragically, six weeks later, she and her sister were rear-ended by a drunk driver, killer her sister and leaving her permanently paralyzed.
$27,580,879 – On November 15, 1998, a 67 year old retired Las Vegas flight attendant won over $27 million on a MegaBucks slot machine at Palace Station Hotel and Casino.
$22,618,156 – A 74 year old California woman named Johanna Huendl won over $20 million after playing only $170 on a MegaBucks machine located in Bally’s.
$21,346,952 – In June 1999, a 49 year old business consultant from Illinois won more than $20 million after just one spin and a $10 deposit on a MegaBucks slot machine at Ceasars Palace.
$21,147,947 – A 92 year old Las Vegas man named Elmer Sherwin beat the odds and won two slot jackpots. He won a $4.6 million jackpot at the Mirage in 1989 and then over $20 million on a Megabucks slot machine at the Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas.
$14,282,544 – On Sunday November 30, 2014 a local man hit it big at the Rampart Casino. He won over $14 million on a Megabucks machine after depositing only $20. He chose to remain anonymous and says he plans to donate all of his winnings to his church.
$12.7 million – In January of 2011, a woman was on the way back to her room and decided to put $6 in a Megabucks machine at the Aria Hotel and Casino and won a whopping $12.7 million!
$10.6 million – Shortly after the January jackpot, in April, another lucky gambler took home over $10 million from a Megabucks machine at the Aria.
Feeling extra lucky after seeing these big winnings? You may want to try your luck and see if you can win a jackpot just as big!