Life-Changing Wins: The Biggest Slot Jackpots Ever

One of the most appealing aspects of a slot game is the potential to win a jackpot while accumulating smaller wins. That means if you don't win the jackpot, you can still win smaller prizes, which can be a great incentive to keep playing until you win the jackpot. That being said, many players are jackpot centric and focus purely on winning big. After all, the possibility of spending a couple of dollars and landing millions of dollars in return is something most of us would love. Many hit the jackpot while playing in Vegas, while others play online and hit jackpots. Either way, in this article we're going to discuss some of history's biggest jackpots ever!

Rampart Casino Winner

Imagine spending $20 on a megabucks slot machine and winning a jackpot of $14.3 million dollars! Well, that's what happened to this lucky anonymous player. This player won at Rampart Casino in Las Vegas back in 2013. Curiously enough, this winner decided to donate the majority of their prize to charity. Either they themselves prefer a minimalistic lifestyle, or perhaps they were already rich. Either way, I'm sure the charities that they donated to appreciated the funds.

Bally’s, Las Vegas

The next jackpot on our list is worth a total of $22.6 million, and was awarded to a player named Johanna Heundl. If you haven't noticed a pattern of Megabucks awarding some of the biggest jackpots over the past twenty or so years, I'd start paying attention now. Back in 2002, this lucky player won at the famous Bally's casino in May. This player was 74 years old before winning the jackpot, and won early in the morning before she even had breakfast! She spent $170 to win the enormous jackpot.

Caesars Palace

Even if you don't know anything about gambling or casinos, you've probably heard of Caesars Palace. It's perhaps the most famous casino in the entire world, and is located in the heart of Las Vegas. Back in 1999, a player walked away with a gigantic jackpot! One lucky business consultant wagered only $10 before he won $21.3 million dollars. The 49 year old from Illinois decided to remain anonymous, but one could guess his life was likely changed forever by this event and he's retiring peacefully right now.

Cannery Casino & Hotel, Las Vegas

In 2005 a gentleman named Elmer Sherwin won a jackpot worth $21.1 million dollars while playing the Megabucks slot. So far, I can't say I'm shocked at how many times Megabucks seems to have paid out a massive sum of money! Elmer was just another casino patron playing at the Cannery Casino & Hotel. To truly add a layer of amazement to the story, he already won $4.6 million dollars in 1989 while playing at the Mirage Hotel & Casino.

Winning Online

This next entry on our list is an online jackpot! So if you prefer gambling from the safety and comfort of your own home, or prefer gambling via your smartphone, this story will probably inspire you. In 2013, an honorable British soldier won a jackpot worth $20.8 million dollars while playing the fantastic game Mega Moolah , which has a reputation for awarding some of the biggest online slot machine jackpots out there. This soldier won at Betway , and the player himself is named Jon Hayward. He spent only 25p before winning that huge jackpot! This story should serve as a friendly reminder that gambling responsibly can still pay.

M Resort, Henderson

The next lucky winner on our list is a woman who won $17.3 million dollars in Las Vegas. Who would have guessed? She actually used free credits to play Megabucks machine and won a huge prize. It's certainly a lesson in some ways! Never underestimate the power of free credits or bonuses, because you can still win huge prizes while using them. Just because you didn't technically spend any real money on the spin, doesn't mean you won't land a generous jackpot.

PAF.com, Online Jackpot

The next biggest jackpot of all time on our list is an online slot win! Back in 2013 a lucky Finnish player was having an average night of slot play, hopefully spinning the reels of Mega Fortune when suddenly he won the famous progressive jackpot slot. This slot was developed by NetEnt, one of the biggest software developers in the online gambling industry. What makes this story truly remarkable is how little he spent on the game. He only spent $0.25 before he won their enormous jackpot worth $23.6 million dollars via the online gambling platform PAF.com.

Resort World Casino, New York

In 2016 a woman took a trip to New York and decided to visit Resort World Casino. While visiting, the managed to win an unstoppable $42.9 million dollars. She won the prize while playing the Sphinx slot. However, the game stated that its top award was only $6,500, which as you can imagine caused much chaos and confusion. Unfortunately, this didn't result in any prize for the woman because of the technicality. It's a strange case of good luck and bad luck all at the same time. If she had actually been able to collect the prize, she would have been the top jackpot on our list.

Palace Station Casino, Las Vegas

It seems like the retired folks who settle into gambling have a habit sometimes strike it big, because the next win on our list is another lucky retiree. This lucky woman won at Palace Station Casino back in 1998. She went to the casino with $100, but decided to spend $300 instead. Of course, in this case her investment paid out because she won $27.6 million. She won this generous sum while playing the game Megabucks, which appeared earlier on our list. It's safe to say her life was forever changed by this money, and I'm sure she enjoys her luxury retiree experience.

Desert Inn, Las Vegas

We're reaching the cream of the crop ! This next winner is a lucky 37 year old woman who won a massive jackpot of $35 million, which has been the largest jackpot on our list thus far. She won it at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas. She landed this jackpot back in 2000, while playing the Megabucks slot. Undoubtedly, she's been aging gracefully in a luxury mansion somewhere, though there is tragic news that she was seriously injured in a crash that left her paralyzed several months later. The Desert Inn used to be in Wynn Las Vegas.

Excalibur Casino, Las Vegas

The next winner on our list won in Las Vegas, too. This lucky winner was living in LA and took a trip out to Excalibur Casino to escape the LA traffic and the hustle and bustle of America's entertainment capital to enjoy a little casino themed fun. This player only spent $100 before they won a staggering $39.7 million dollars. This was considered the largest jackpot in history at the time.