Las Vegas is well-known for its glitz and glamour, and for its raucous gambling activity. It’s a place where dreams can be made with the roll of dice or the flick of a card or the pull of a slot machine. We take a look at 5 of the biggest jackpot wins the strip has ever seen.


25-year old software engineer - $39.7 million

Work couldn’t be more lucrative for software engineers these days, but this lucky b— needn’t worry about finding work again. The Los Angeles young man put $100 dollars in a Megabucks slot machine, and he won a staggering $39.7 million dollars. Lets imagine he scribbled up his CV when he got home, and cracked open a beer. Or, would that be Champagne?

Retired flight attendant - $27.5 million

Lets say for argument’s sake, that flight attendants don’t get huge retirement funds. Well, this lucky retiree who paid in $300 on the Megabucks slot, won a colossal $27.5 million. It wasn’t the first time this lucky lady won big, however, she had previously won $680k on the Wheel of Fortune slot, at the same place. Who thinks this woman should share some of her luck? Yep, thought so.

Martin Jaconson - $10 million

Any serious poker player that can afford to enter the World Series of Poker tournament, will no doubt be keeping a keen eye on the jackpot while trying to keep a straight face. Last year’s tournament saw over 82,000 players enter from over 100 countries.

It’s no surprise that the winner was indeed a professional poker player, who stopped £10 million dollars as he took the grand prize. The bugger was only 27-years-old. The collective pot, however, raised the largest in history amounting to $227 million. Crazy.

A couple - $2.4 million

Slot machines aren't solely the preserve of bored men standing in Blackpool casinos trying to win enough money to get a round of beers for his mates. The Vegas casinos offer life-changing sums of money for getting a line of matching symbols - in this case - lions.

Lion's Share at MGM Grand is one of the iconic slot machines known to, well, slot machine users, that managed to wrack up a 20-year history without ever dishing out a jackpot for its $1 fee. But that all changed when a couple struck the lucky row of roaring lions for the jackpot of $2.4 million.

Elmer Sherwin - $21 million

He could be the luckiest git ever. He had a dream, not like Martin Luther King, exactly, this man’s “lifelong dream” was to win two jackpots in his lifetime. Well, he won one in 1989 on the Megabucks, scooping $4.6 million, to then hit the jackpot on the same machine 16 years later at the ripe old age of 92.

No need to sign up for Obama Care for this lucky old man. It’s likely you’d get a good healthcare insurer; or even a round-the-clock doctor just to watch over you when you sleep.

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