The dream is to walk in, ride the wave of skill and luck and walk out of the casino a millionaire, right? Unfortunately, for most people, that’s just a dream. Players win every day in brick-and-mortar locations and online casinos, but the massive wins come few and far between. Not everyone wins the jackpot each time they play, but for the names on this list, that dream of winning millions has become a reality.
Read on to find out more about how they came to bag that win.
Retired teacher Beverly Whitten won a missive jackpot of $3.7 million back in 2006. Whitten played a slot machine game called Golden Chambers. The game lasted for around two hours at the Mountaineer Casino and Resort.
Whitten chose to split the winnings into monthly instalments instead of getting a lump sum, ensuring she would have a steady stream of money coming into her account, even after retirement.
Following a similar trend, an unnamed engineer from Los Angles travelled to Vegas back in 2003. Playing a slots game, the player played up to $100 worth of coins, and was rewarded for his persistence. Winning a whopping jackpot of over $39 million, the 25-year-old changed his life forever.
Instead of taking the entire lump sum that we had won, the young engineer opted to receive $1.5 million annually from the casino, to make sure the money wasn’t wasted. This incredible feat is still paying dividends even today, as the Excalibur casino have recently sent the lucky man his 16th payment out of 26 in total.
Experienced gambler and WWll veteran Elmer Sherwin is a rarity, even amongst the most seasoned of casino players. He has managed to win a massive jackpot not once, but twice! He became one of the oldest winners ever, at the age of 76, with his first jackpot win worth $4.6 million. Then at age 92, Sherwin thought he’d try his luck once more, and what do you know, he won again! This time, at the Las Vegas Cannery Casino and Hotel, pocketing over a staggering $21 million.
Both jackpots were spent on his family, travelling the world and donating large sums to charities. Sadly, he passed a few years after his historic win, and left most of the winnings to his family, friends and a number of good causes.
Moving onto another Slots winner – back in 2015, John Heywood innocently opened up an online gaming account, just looking for a fun way to pass the time. But, within 25 minutes of opening this account and playing, Heywood won over an astonishing £13 million! This was known as the largest regarded win on the game Mega Moolah, which is played by millions of players everyday around the world. This feat was only topped a few years later by another player.
Heywood went on to appear in interviews and articles, sharing his experience of winning, and even describing what he had chosen to do with some of the winnings, including giving away £4 million to one of his friends.