Slots machines are devious little devils that feed on spinners’ cash for breakfast, lunch, and supper. The vast majority of players who wage a war against the one-armed bandits inevitably end up on the losing side in the long run. This is only understandable considering how heavily tilted these games are in favor of the house.
Yet, every now and then, a slot machine would drop a massive jackpot to whet the appetites of gamblers and rekindle their hopes of becoming multi-millionaires. Of course, such life-changing wins occur on rare occasions but “every dream begins with a dreamer” as activist Harriet Tubman once said.
We present to you six of the largest jackpot wins the notorious one-armed bandits have awarded so far. Some of those occurred in the landbased casino environment and were accompanied by a tragic twist of fate. Others were awarded by online gambling operators and made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Biggest Slot Winners in Landbased Casinos
There are many progressive machines in landbased casinos, yet one slot rules them all. Its name? Megabucks. Its manufacturer? IGT. This machine is famed for dropping the biggest jackpot wins in history. And we do not mean in the brick-and-mortar environment only.
Megabucks is the world's top jackpot payer holding the record for the largest slot prizes to ever hit in both landbased and online casinos. The Megabucks series first appeared across landbased gambling floors back in the 1980s.
This was the first slot machine to offer a wide-area progressive jackpot. The games are linked across all landbased casinos that offer them, with a percentage of each player's bet going toward the rising prize pools.
Players can qualify for winning the jackpot with maximum bets of $3 (three coins with denomination of $1). Check out the largest pots this notorious machine has awarded over the years.
Record-Breaking Slot Wins in Online Casinos
The chance of winning an eight-figure amount is not reserved exclusively for landbased slot players. Online progressive games like Microgaming's Mega Moolah and NetEnt's Mega Fortune also drop mouth-watering prizes, not to mention they offer spinners the added benefits of convenience and flexibility. Here are three of the most mind-blowing wins these two big payers have awarded to online players over the years after their launch.
Jackpots and Slot Machine Malfunctions
Katrina Bookman hits a jackpot win of $42.9 million
Jackpot win of $8.6 million
There is nothing worse than being led to believe you have won a huge jackpot only to have your hopes of becoming a multi-millionaire completely shattered. And yet, this is precisely what happened to a woman named Katrina Bookman.
In August 2016, Bookman visited the Resorts World Casino in New York where she played the Sphinx slot. Imagine her surprise when a jackpot win of $42.9 million appeared on the screen of the penny machine she was playing. The happy winner even took a selfie with the slot she believed had changed her life forever.
Unfortunately, when Ms. Bookman attempted to claim her prize, a Resorts World employee explained to her the slot she played malfunctioned and did not really reward her with the life-changing jackpot. The maximum amount any given player could win on this machine was fixed at $6,500.
Instead of leaving the casino millions of dollars richer, Bookman was offered a stake dinner on the house. The disgruntled “winner” sued Resorts World, citing “mental anguish” as the cause.View more...