Write your own Jackpot StoryMonday, Jul 3, 2017 12:51
This is no surprise: winning a jackpot changes a person’s life entirely, and far and few truly expect to win big on slots. People are far more inclined to believe that they will win big playing the lotto or indeed by gambling on stocks. If our word isn’t enough to convince you, here are some of the craziest slot jackpot stories.
Guinness knows best
The Guinness Book of Records is a book about – as the name indicates – records throughout the world. The book goes beyond the usual world records, high jump, long jump and what not, and lists unusual records. Of course, a huge jackpot story made the book.
According to the book’s authors, the largest jackpot payout ever in an online slot machine amounted to €17,879,645 ($20,062,600, £13,209,300). Jon Heywood, a player from the UK, won the huge sum in October 2015. I bet you are curious which game the new multi-millionaire played: it was Mega Moolah by Microgaming.
Winners are made online and offline
Of course, slot machines have paid out some huge sums in brick-and-mortar casinos too. In Las Vegas, free drinks and food, entice players to play plenty of slots. This is also what Walter and Linda Misco from New Hampshire in the US decided to do on their trip to Las Vegas.
This jackpot story tells of a couple that played Lion’s Share at the MGM Grand Casino for a mere five minutes. Suddenly, they watched on - in awe - as the green emblems lined up horizontally on the jackpot payline. The couple took home $2.4m (£1.45m).
In contrast to the winner of the Mega Moolah jackpot, this sum may sound small. However, the back story makes this win particularly interesting.
For two decades, the slot machine attracted queues of punters. This was due to an insanely high jackpot that had not been won, and continued to grow, throughout twenty years. "We've waited 20 years for this! Our famous Lion's Share Finally Hit for $2.4 million," commented MGM Casino on this jackpot story.
The type of jackpot story we love
While both online and offline can pay off, playing slots online has one huge advantage: most online casinos offer welcome bonuses, free spins, and therefore players could turn into jackpot winners without ever having spent a penny.
This is exactly what happened to Katherine from Merseyside in the United Kingdom. The 32-year didn’t deposit a penny, she played Neon Staxx at her favourite online casino, MariaCasino.
Next thing, Katherine landed a £1,200 win on absolutely nothing. While technically not a jackpot story, Katherine’s story is our favourite. “We’re thrilled to be able to show our players that they can win big – for little to no money at all,” explained country manager Greg Tatton-Brown at MariaCasino.
Our jackpot stories go to show that magic happens at online and offline casinos. While people often bank on the lottery to write their jackpot story, casinos continue to turn out more millionaires than the lottery does.
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