As part of our Pokies Fun Facts and World Records we thought we’d take a look at the part of the gambling and playing pokies that we all love the most – well at least it’s the reason why we all keep coming back for more – the big slot machine wins, major prizes and huge Las Vegas Jackpots that have created instant millionaires and left the rest of us green with envy and asking ‘why them? when’s it my turn?*”

*Note that although I agree that it’s not fair and it should indeed be your turn next – I have to insist that you wait your turn – because I’m totes next in line!

Today we’ll take a look at the TOP TEN Las Vegas Jackpots and Count Down the Big Slot Machine Wins from real world casinos as well as the biggest online Jackpot wins ever recorded – and then I’ll probably leave you to your own devices as I login to Spin Palace (our most recommended Casino and the highest rated Online casino for Aussie players) to throw a cheeky $50 in and try my luck on the Mega Moolah Progressive jackpot – the same one you are about to learn more about as we visit the biggest Jackpots, Big Slot Machine Wins and the luckiest punters ever to play online pokies and slots….

10 Biggest Las Vegas Jackpots and Real World Slot Machine Wins

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“The House always wins’ (or whever version you use) is something we all know and accept – but we also know that occasionally it doesn’t. Let’s take a look at some of those times and catch up with 10 instances where even the house couldn’t compete with good fortune and lady luck.

Top 10 Las Vegas Jackpots Ever!

  1. 26 year old Marine wins $2.9 million

    Feb. 19, 2012: Alexander Degenhardt, a 26-year-old U.S. Marine, won nearly $2.9 million on the Money Vault Millionaires Seven slot at the Bellagio. Degnhardt had been in training at Nellis Air Force base and went to the casino with some buddies on their last night in the city. He slipped in $100 and said he’d never won more than $200 before hitting the biggest Las Vegas jackpot from a Bally Technologies game in recent memory. Total: $2,882,808.32.

  2. Megabucks at the Aria

    April 22, 2011: One lucky gambler took home $10.6 million from a Megabucks machine, a product launched by International Game Technology (IGT) in 1986. It took more than eight years and 38 jackpots to hit $10 million for the first time in 1995 at the Gold Coast in Australia

  3. Megabucks on a Mega Roll

    Jan. 21, 2011: A woman on her way to her room at the Aria, decided to plunk $6 into a Megabucks machine and hit a $12.7 million jackpot. She thought the machine had malfunctioned until her niece pointed out that, no, it was really a winner. Only a few months later Megabucks would pay out $10.6million

  4. Do-Gooder Hits Pay Dirt

    Nov. 30, 2014: Late last year a Las Vegas man put $20 in a Megabucks slot machine at the Summerlin-area Rampart Casino. Within five minutes he’d hit a jackpot worth $14.2 million. The man, dubbed the “Rampart Lucky Local,” said he would make a donation to his church. The church, which had been holding services in a high school gym, can now have its own location built.

  5. One Player, Two Mega Jackpots

    Sept 15, 2005: In an improbable display of beating the odds, Elmer Sherwin, 92, of Las Vegas won his second Megabucks jackpot by hitting $21.1 million at the Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas. Sherwin had previously won a $4.6 million in 1989 at the Mirage. He said it had been his “lifelong dream” to win it twice. Total: $21,147,947

  6. He Came, He Saw, He Won Big

    June 1, 1999: An Illinois man won more than $21.3 million on a Megabucks machine at Caesars Palace. The 49-year-old business consultant deposited $10 and won on the first spin. Total: $21,346,952.22.

  7. A Quick Play Before Brekkie

    March 27, 2002: Johanna Huendl, 74, of Covina, Calif., was on her way to breakfast at Bally’s Casino when she decided to play the Megabucks machine. She put in about $170 and won $22.6 million. She said she had initially misread the meter and thought she’d won $2 million. She would have been happy with that. Total: $22,618,156.67

  8. $300 in, $27.5 million out

    Nov. 15, 1998: A 67-year-old retired flight attendant from Las Vegas had only intended to put $100 at the slot machine in Palace Station. She ended up putting in $300, but the Megabucks machine rewarded her with $27.5 million. She’d won big money before: hitting a $680,000 jackpot on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine, also at the Palace Station. It marked the first time Megabucks had surpassed $20 million. Total: $27,580,879.60

  9. A Record and an Urban Legend is Born

    Jan. 26, 2000: Las Vegas cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan, 37, won $34.9 million on a Megabucks machine at the Desert Inn. Six weeks later, a habitually drunk driver rear-ended her car, killing her sister and leaving her paralyzed. Her tragedy fueled a myth that bad things happen to those who win the big jackpots, becoming one of Las Vegas’ most notorious urban legends. Total: $34,955,489.56

  10. The Biggest Las Vegas Jackpot In History!

    March 21, 2003: A 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles won $39.7 million after putting in $100 in the Megabucks slot machine at the Excalibur to win the largest jackpot in Las Vegas history. He beat odds at the time of one in 16.7 million. Total: $39,710,826.36

biggest progressive slots jackpot everAlthough it’s fair to say that these lucky gamblers are indeed the luckiest punters ever to grace the Casinos of Las Vegas – for most of us this is not ever likely to happen – namely because getting to Las Vegas is nigh impossible and would cost us half our potential jackpot win just to get there in the first place. For the rest of the worlds punters there is online casinos and the various online pokies and free casino slots that are becoming more and more popular with players around the world. These online casinos not only provide world glass gambling rooms for players around the world, they also offer punters the chance to win progressive jackpot prizes that are even bigger than the progressive jackpots being offered in real world casinos. Hell, some of these online progressive jackpots are worth even more than the afore mentioned Las Vegas Jackpots

Biggest Online Progressive Jackpots and Big Slot Machine Wins

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The largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game is €17,879,645 EUROS ($20,062,600USD, £13,209,300 Sterling), won by Jon Heywood, a British citizen, playing Microgaming’s Mega Moolah on Betway’s website, on 6 October 2015.
26 years old corporal Jon Heywood from Cheshire become an instant multimillionaire playing in Betway’s Online casino late evening on October 6th, 2015.  The young veteran who recently returned from Afghanistan said that he deposited £30 into his account and proceeded to begin a game of Mega Moolah. Betting a total of 25p per spin brought him £13,213,838.68 win in just 7 minutes (more than €17 million).–> Official Guiness World Record Entry 

Biggest Mobile Casino Jackpots & Mobile Slot Machine Wins

As mobile gaming and mobile casinos get more and more advanced, the popularity seems to be exploding as gamblers and part time punters alike realise the quality and range of casino games and online pokies made available through the mobile casinos and their smart phones or mobile devices is well above and beyond what they had expected (and were used to after playing the outdated pokies and slot machines you find in pubs and clubs around the world. The mobile casino games provide the same amazing gameplay and bonus features offered by the standard online casinos, which of course means you get access to the same Mega Moolah progressive Jackpot – the Progressive jackpot that ONCE AGAIN can stake its claim as the highest paying online progressive slots game ever. Ever ever ever?. (ever ever ever ever)
The Largest Jackpot and ultimate Big Slot Machine Win at a MOBILE CASINO
was won on 9th April 2015 by Royal Vegas player, Mark A, spinning on his mobile phone. The player will take home a total of €5,375,695.08, receiving a single cash payout in full rather than an annuity, so Mark A has become an instant millionaire. –> Microgaming confirms its Mega Moolah progressive slot has been hit at a mountainous €5,375,695.08!

“We’ve been watching the progressive ticker grow substantially over the last few weeks; anticipation was building as to when it was going to strike! Once again the jackpot was hit via a mobile device; it really is a sign of today’s industry and how prevalent mobile is! Congratulations to Mark A on becoming one of the biggest jackpot winners in Microgaming’s history.” – John Quinn, Head of Casino at Microgaming

Once again it is Mega Moolah – the worlds most popular and (clearly) highest paying progressive online slots game that has created the record! – I don’t know about you but I think I might just go and throw a cheeky 50 through Mega Moolah – you know, just in case 😉 Care to Join Me?

The Highest Paying Casino Slots Game In History

spin palace and mega moolah make more millionaires onlineMega Moolah – which can claim ownership of the three biggest wins in online gaming history is without doubt the most popular and highest paying online slots game ever to grace the internet.

One lucky punter from (playing at) Spin Palace Casino can add their name to the list of ‘Instant Millionaires’  after landing the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot prize and taking home a cool 6,905,670.81€.  – That’s just shy of $7.9million USD for the record or $10.4million AUD- and adds even more millions to the total paid out by this incredibly fun, interactive, and popular game.

Ever since the Mega Moolah first paid out its initial jackpot winner back in 2008, Microgaming has continued to pay out wins at a regular rate, with total payouts now of over 505€ million or more than $577,000,000USD

The largest of those payouts came back in October 2015, and was won by Jon Heywood above but that won’t be of any concern to the latest winner – who won the jackpot on Friday 8thApril 2016 playing at the popular Spin Palace Casino, one of the casino’s part of the extensive Microgaming Network which hosts the “Millionaire Maker” slot.

Learn more about what makes Mega Moolah such an exciting and popular game by reading our indepth review of the game and the company behind it, here –> Mega Moolah and Microgaming – Making Millionaires Monthly

Alternatively click the image below to either download the Spin Palace app or if you are on a MAC or mobile device you will be directed to their awesome online and/or mobile casino interface where you can register and start enjoying the world’s most popular and highest paying progressive slots game ever!

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