What are the Biggest Las Vegas Jackpots ever?
On March the 21th 2003, a 25-year-old software engineer form 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 prize money: $39,710,826.36!!
The second biggest jackpot ever!
On January the 26th 2000, A Las Vegas cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan (37) won over $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 fuelled a myth that bad things happen to those who win the big jackpots, becoming one of Las Vegas’ most notorious urban legends. Total prize money: $34,955,489.56.
On November the 15th 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. On March the 27th, 2002 a woman called Johanna Huendl , 74, of Covina, Calif., was on her way to breakfast at Bally’s when she decided to play the Megabucks machine. She put in about $170 and won $22.6 million. On June the first, 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.
On September the 15th, 2005 Elmer Sherwin , 92, of Las Vegas won his second Megabucks jackpot by hitting $21.1 million at the Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas. On January the 21st, 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. On April the 22nd, 2011 Jackpot lightning struck the Aria twice in three months when another gambler took home $10.6 million from a Megabucks machine, a product launched by International Game Technology (IGT) in 1986.
On February the 19th, 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 spent 100 US dollar and the rest is history.