Vegas Recent Jackpot Winners
Texas woman leaves Harrah’s with a $1 million birthday jackpot gift.
Oct. 26, 2013
Just after 1 a.m. Oct. 26, a Dallas Texan, named Melissa sat down at a Wheel of Fortune Double Diamond slot machine at Harrah’s.
Melissa had been Harrah’s before, traveling to Las Vegas every year to celebrate her birthday with her family. But this trip was different, though — because at 1:26 a.m., she hit a jackpot worth $1.036 million.
Melissa told casino bosses she’d need some time to decide what to do with her life-changing birthday winnings.
None of her prior birthday trips to Las Vegas could quite compare to this one.
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The man, only identified as Seifu D., walked into the casino Saturday and sat down at International Gaming Technology’s Wheel of Fortune slot machine. It wasn’t long before he hit a $3.1 million jackpot.
The M Resort said on its Facebook page that the winning spin paid $17,329,817 on the Nevada statewide progressive jackpot.
The jackpot has been reset and currently stands at $10 million.
Officials at IGT, which manufactures the slot and pays out the progressives, say they are still gathering information this morning.
The latest win came nearly two years after a woman hit a $12.7 million Megabucks jackpot Jan. 21, 2011, at the Aria. The record remains $39.7 million to a California software engineer March 21, 2003, at the Excalibur.
A Texas woman hit a $2,832,044.74 jackpot Friday while playing a Bombs Away Bombshells slot machine at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, game developer International Game Technology said.
The woman, identified only as Monica B., was shocked to find out she had won and immediately called her husband to tell him the news, officials said. She was playing a Money Madness MegaJackpots progressive machine.
“We are ecstatic to be part of this life-changing moment for Monica and her husband,” said Staci Alonso, IGT vice president of customer marketing. “Our MegaJackpots games have entertained countless players worldwide and have transformed the lives of thousands of players by making them instant millionaires.”
IGT launched the MegaJackpots progressive product line in 1986 with the introduction of the Megabucks slot game and has since produced more than 1,400 millionaires and awarded more than $5 billion in jackpots. The biggest jackpot was more than $39 million won in March 2003 at the Excalibur in Las Vegas.
Megabucks winner used ‘free play’ credits to score jackpot
The newest Megabucks winner is a woman from the Las Vegas Valley who used her “free play” credits to hit the $17.3 million jackpot.
The woman told officials at IGT, which manufacturers the Megabucks slot, that she’d stopped into the M Resort on Friday night in Henderson to use her free play credits and dining vouchers. When jackpot symbols lined up, someone playing the next machine had to tell her she’d claimed the prize of $17,329,817.80. The winner asked to remain anonymous. She told IGT that she plans to use the money to pay off her house and take care of her family.
Friday marked the first Megabucks progressive to hit in Nevada since June 15, 2011, when a gambler won $10.3 million at the Grand Sierra Casino in Reno. Megabucks progressives have hit three times in Las Vegas since 2011, including twice within three months at the Aria.
Since 1986, IGT has awarded Megabucks jackpots of more than $1 billion nationwide and $728 million in Nevada.
After a win, the jackpot resets to $10 million.
Other Major 2012 Jackpots
10/27/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $0.25 – $273,884.78 – McCarran International Airport
10/20/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $1.00 – $1,926,336.42 – Harrah’s
10/20/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $0.25 – $795,551.20 – California
8/4/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $0.25 – $225,081.10 – LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
8/1/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $0.25 – $931,740.44 – Mandalay Bay
7/4/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $1.00 – $1,112,650.00 – Wynn Las Vegas
6/21/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $1.00 – $1,064,121.24 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
5/28/2012 – Money Madness – $2,256,246.45 – The Orleans
5/26/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $0.25 – $412,640.33 – Caesars Palace
5/1/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $1.00 – $1,224,958.16 – Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
4/5/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $1.00 – $1,216,081.79 – The Venetian
3/12/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $1.00 – $1,350,270.42 – Tropicana Laughlin
3/12/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $0.25 – $361,025.76 – Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon
2/12/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $0.25 – $489,456.12 – Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
2/3/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $1.00 – $1,698,218.44 – Mandalay Bay
1/10/2012 – Wheel of Fortune $0.25 – $337,450.66 – Wynn Las Vegas
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June 20, 2012
Alaskan resident Linda Fleury popped a $20 bill into a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at the Hard Rock on Wednesday night, June 20, 2012 and minutes later became a millionaire. “I sat there stunned,” she said as she walked away with $1,064,121. She says that she’s going to go on a New Zealand vacation with her son.
A Las Vegas woman who has been playing at the Orleans for a decade won a jackpot of more than $2.2 million a few weeks ago, May 28, 2012.
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May 31, 2012
The woman, only identified as Tamara, won a $2,256,246.45 jackpot on a Wheel of Fortune machine at the Orleans Monday, May 28, 2012.
Tamara, was playing a penny Wheel of Fortune machine. While most visitors as well as locals jump from Slot Machine to Slot Machines, eventually you end up liking one better then the others. Many slot players have favorite machines. And “Wheel of Fortune” penny slot! This was Tamara’s.
After playing for three hours Monday evening, she decided to give the machine a few more spins, an Orleans spokeswoman said. That’s when she hit the progressive jackpot of $2,256,246.45.
Here’s a look at some of the most notable slots jackpots in Vegas:
It’s rare to leave Las Vegas with more money than you brought with you, much less go home a millionaire. But some do. The Florida man who recently walked away with $1 million from the Three Card Poker table at the Flamingo is the second such winner this year on the Las Vegas Strip. The game’s producer said to only expect about three big winners a year.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
A few have done it, however. From a Marine who won nearly $3 million to a software engineer who hit for $39.7 million, the lure of riches keeps machines blinking, buzzing and spinning along the Las Vegas Strip. Some winners wish to remain anonymous, making sure what happens in Vegas stays here. Others don’t mind sharing their good fortunes.
The biggest (so far)
Date of Jackpot: 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 jackpots in Las Vegas history.
He beat odds at the time of one in 16.7 million. Total: $39,710,826.36
A record at the Desert Inn
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 biggest jackpots, becoming one of Las Vegas’ most notorious urban legends. Total: $34,955,489.56
$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
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A quick play before breakfast
March 27, 2002
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. 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
Another Palace hit, this time at Caesars
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.
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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.
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Megabucks at the Aria
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.
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The Aria on a roll
April 22, 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.
It took more than eight years and 38 jackpots to hit $10 million for the first time in 1995 at the Gold Coast.
And the latest, which will NOT be the last!
Marine hits $2.9 million
Feb. 19, 2012
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.
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