Biggest Jackpots

Hesitating to give lady luck a chance? Then read about the greatest jackpot wins ever...

There are many real-life stories about a man entering a casino, inserting a coin, pulling a lever and approaching a cashier with a coin fortune.
The most famous story took place in Las Vegas in March of 2003. It no longer was another typical Friday night at the Excalibur hotel-casino when one of the hundreds of guests, a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles, decided to try his luck at the famous Megabucks progressive jackpot...

He went on a weekend trip to Las Vegas to see NCAA Basketball Tournament. The young man didn't know about an incredible $39.7 million dollars jackpot that had been building for more than 10 months across a network of slot machines in more than 150 locations across Nevada. Weren't it for his friend, he wouldn't even enter the casino that day!

The lucky man put three $1 coins into the slot machine and it was enough to ensure him 25 years of life with an overwhelming $1.5 million dollars of "spending money" a year.

You might probably think that such things happen once in a lifetime. Hmm... Elmer Sherwin, Las Vegas resident, was twice-lucky with Megabucks, winning $4.6 at the age of 71 and then twenty one years later going home with an incredible $21 million!

For yet another gambler, Sheldon B., hitting the jackpot is something of a routine: two jackpots in the space of two days on the same machine, a Triple Diamond at the Seminole Hard Rock casino. $360,000 on Wednesday, $180,000 on Thursday. One can only wonder whether he had bought the god-blessed machine to drag it home and turn it into his own private altar.

Big jackpots have also become the thing of the e-gambling world. The Millionaire's Club, Cryptologic's progressive jackpot, broke records by giving away $2 million, and then $3 million, and finally $4 million jackpots. Rags to Richs is another Cryptologic progressive game that hits almost half million dollar jackpots.

Microgaming and Playtech are even more popular gaming software brands that also produce million dollar winners every year. Micorgaming's King Cashalot is a progressive slot that reaches the low millions, while Playtech's Safe Cracker hits often but has much lower jackpot numbers.