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10 Biggest Jackpots in Las Vegas History

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10 Biggest Jackpots in Las Vegas History

Everyone dreams of becoming the next Las Vegas millionaire, but these 10 gamblers actually pulled it off.

Posted on Feb 20, 2023

Las Vegas has long been known as the gambling capital of the world, and for good reason. The city is home to some of the world's most famous casinos and has seen some of the biggest jackpots in history. In this article, we will take a look at the 10 biggest jackpots ever hit in Las Vegas.


10. $11.8 MILLION - MIRAGE HOTEL AND CASINO

In 1994, a 67-year-old retired flight attendant from Las Vegas was playing the Megabucks slot machine at The Mirage Hotel and Casino. She hit the jackpot and won $11.8 million.


9. $12 MILLION - FREMONT HOTEL AND CASINO

In 2012, a man from Hawaii was playing the Megabucks slot machine at the Fremont Hotel and Casino when he hit the jackpot. He won $12 million, making him the largest Megabucks jackpot winner in Las Vegas in over a decade.


8. $12.8 MILLION - ARIA RESORT AND CASINO

In 2012, an anonymous player hit the jackpot while playing a penny slot machine at the Aria Resort and Casino. The player won $12.8 million, making it one of the largest jackpots ever won on a penny slot machine.


7. $15.5 MILLION - SUNCOAST HOTEL & CASINO

On Christmas Eve, a part-time Las Vegas resident hit the jackpot of almost $15.5 million on an IGT Megabucks machine after investing just $40 at Boyd Gaming's Suncoast Hotel & Casino. Kevin, who divides his time between Las Vegas and Alaska, did not intend to spend Christmas in Las Vegas but was unexpectedly detained on business. Kevin visited the Suncoast on Christmas Eve and at 12:30 p.m. aligned the three Megabucks symbols to win a jackpot of $15,491,103, which is the largest slot machine jackpot in Nevada in the past eight years.


6. $17.3 MILLION - DESERT INN

In 1988, a 47-year-old flight attendant from Las Vegas was playing the Megabucks slot machine at the Desert Inn. She hit the jackpot and won $17.3 million.


5. $21.1 million - Cannery Casino and Hotel

In 2014, a 60-year-old woman from California visited the Cannery Casino and Hotel in North Las Vegas. She was playing the Megabucks slot machine and hit the jackpot, winning $21.1 million.


4. $22.6 MILLION - GOLDEN NUGGET HOTEL AND CASINO

In 2005, a 92-year-old retired grandmother from Illinois was visiting her niece in Las Vegas. She decided to try her luck at the Megabucks slot machine at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino and ended up winning $22.6 million. This is the largest jackpot ever won by a woman in Las Vegas.


3. $27.5 MILLION - PALACE STATION HOTEL AND CASINO

In 1998, a 67-year-old retired flight attendant from Las Vegas was playing the Megabucks slot machine at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino. She hit the jackpot and won $27.5 million. This was the largest jackpot ever won in Las Vegas at the time.


2. $34.9 MILLION - MGM GRAND HOTEL AND CASINO

In 1999, a 49-year-old business consultant from Illinois was visiting Las Vegas for a friend's wedding. While at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, he decided to try his luck at the Megabucks slot machine. He hit the jackpot and walked away with $34.9 million.


1. $39.7 MILLION - EXCALIBUR HOTEL AND CASINO

In March 2003, a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles visited the Excalibur Hotel and Casino and decided to try his luck at the Megabucks slot machine. After just a few minutes of playing, he hit the jackpot and won a whopping $39.7 million. This is still the largest jackpot ever won on a slot machine.


Las Vegas has seen some of the biggest jackpots in gambling history, and the stories behind these jackpots are truly remarkable. These lucky winners walked away with millions of dollars, changing their lives forever. The allure of hitting it big in Las Vegas will always remain, drawing visitors from all over the world to try their luck at the city's famous casinos.

It's worth noting that these jackpots are rare and that most gamblers don't hit it big. In fact, the odds of hitting a Megabucks jackpot are one in 49,836,032. While the allure of a big win can be tempting, it's important to gamble responsibly and never spend more than you can afford to lose.

Overall, Las Vegas will always remain a hub of gambling and entertainment. With its world-renowned casinos and extravagant resorts, the city continues to draw visitors from all over the world. While not everyone will leave as a millionaire, the thrill of playing and the possibility of a big win will always keep the city's casinos packed with players trying their luck.


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StiffNecks

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May 23, 2023 at 10:01am

$4,000 is my biggest slot machine hit. Congrats to these people.

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Tara4

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Mar 8, 2023 at 12:10am

I was at Caesars Palace and saw a guy win over $1 million. I think he was betting around $3 per spin. He was beyond excited.

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TakeitEasy

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Feb 24, 2023 at 2:39pm

I really can’t imagine what that feeling must be like. Even if I play those Megabucks machines, no one is realistically thinking they are going to hit the jackpot. I’m just hoping for a few hundred dollars.

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