5 of the Biggest Slot Machine Payouts Ever Made

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It’s no secret that you can win big when you hit the slot machines. It’s one of the easiest games to play in a casino because there is no strategy to winning, everything is completely random. You have to rely on good old fashioned luck and perfect timing to hit the jackpot. Here are five of the biggest slot machine payouts ever made.

1. Desert Inn

On January 26, 2000, Cynthia Jay-Brennan, a cocktail waitress, set a record win of $34.9 million dollars on a Megabucks slot machine. This is currently the highest payout of the Desert Inn in Las Vegas, Nevada. Only weeks after winning, tragedy struck her family when her sister was fatally hit by a drunk driver. This event started a famous myth that bad luck comes to those after they win big, but this is only a superstition and doesn’t deter people from all over the world taking a chance by hitting the slots.

2. Palace Station

Lady Luck was on one retired flight attendant’s side on November 15, 1998 when the 67-year-old put $300 in a Megabucks machine and won $27.5 million dollars. It wasn’t her first time winning either, she also won once before, hitting a jackpot of $680,000 on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine, proving anybody can win big as long as they’re willing to play. Her record win of over $27 million dollars was the first time any Megabucks machine had ever paid out over $20 million.

3. Bally’s

Johanna Huendl was on her way to breakfast at Bally’s on March 27, 2002 when she decided to play a Megabucks machine on a whim. The 74-year-old put in only $170 dollars and misread the meter, thinking she had only won $2 million dollars. Huendl says she would have been happy with just that, but as it turns out she scored $22.6 million dollars, enough to pay for breakfast and still have money left to spend for the rest of her life.

4. Caesar’s Palace

Caesar’s Palace is known for its extravagant shows, fancy drinks, and its high stakes gambling. On June 1, 1999, a 49-year-old Illinois native and business man deposited $10 into a Megabucks machine and won on his very first spin. Total payout? Oh, just $21.3 million dollars.

5. Excalibur Hotel and Casino

The biggest ever payout from a Megabucks machine was to a 25-year-old man visiting Las Vegas to see the NCAA Basketball Tournament in March of 2003. The lucky young man won $39.7 million dollars by investing $100 into one hot slot machine. That’s a payout of $1.5 million dollars every year for the next twenty-five years. Imagine the business he did with that.

The next time you’re in a casino, try out a few slot machines, and you too could hit a record-setting jackpot to enjoy for the rest of your life.

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