Ah Las Vegas—the Entertainment Capital of the World, the Gambling Capital of the World, the City of Sin, and home to some of the world’s best casinos. Las Vegas’ reputation for better or for worst has worked for its own good. No matter how many new casino strips have sprung, no matter how big other casino cities have gotten, no one can deny the luxury, fame, and grandeur that is Las Vegas. As we’ve mentioned before, time and time again, Las Vegas is home to the world’s most deluxe and expensive casino resorts and it pays its VIPs well. Today, we look at the top 6 biggest Vegas wins in history.
6. $680,000 and $27+ million
We’ve only started our list, but the numbers are already enormous. But hey, this is Las Vegas. A recently-turned senior woman won $680,000 on the Wheel of Fortune in the Palace Station Hotel. What a sane person would do is to cash out and take the money elsewhere but not this senior. She continued her winning spree and eventually won more than $27 million in the Megabucks jackpot after a couple of months. Talk about luck!
5. $8.9 million
Another senior who won her Vegas jackpot is a 71-year-old Amy Nishimura. She was just on vacation from Hawaii and always saw to it that she plays on the same machine at the Freemont Hotel. Playing for one 3 hours with $100, she won the massive $8.9 million jackpot and went on to finish her extravagant vacation. Living the dream.
4. $11 million
Winning $11 million in 1996 is massive! John Tippin, a vacationer in Vegas, is forever engraved in Vegas history when he hit the Megabucks. He even immortalized his winning spurge in his book “I Did It! My Life After Megabucks” which focuses on the cons of becoming an instant multimillionaire. Apparently, having that huge amount of money leads to isolation and paranoia according to him. Poor rich guy.
3. $21 million and $4.6 million
Slot machines are old but they are reliable. That is why slot machines have been around since the earliest casinos and even have transcended to online casinos. One extremely lucky man beat the game twice. Elmer Sherwin, a World War II veteran at the age of 76 first won the Megabucks jackpot amounting to $4.6 million for a 10-hour play at the Mirage. He travelled the world using his winnings. Fast forward after sixteen years at the same jackpot he won a massive $21 million. A true and noble hero that he is, he donated much of his winnings to Hurricane Katrina victims. What a life his has been.
2. $20 million to $40 million
Now we’ve heard the rags to riches stories but when was the last time we enjoyed a riches to more riches—casinos in fact are filled with high-rollers, VIPs, and elite casino players. This story is about Kerry Packer, an Australian billionaire who visited Vegas for one of his casino adventures. On his 1997 trip, he won somewhere between $20 million to $40 million in playing blackjack and baccarat. He would later lose $28 million at a London casino but hey, if you’re that rich, who’s really counting.
1. $39.7 million
Taking our top spot is an anonymous 25-year-old man from Los Angeles who just wanted to kill time while waiting for a basketball game. He visited Excalibur Casino and some of the strips best casinos, and went out a multimillionaire. His winnings of over $39 million is considered to be the biggest single payout in Vegas of all time. Not wanting to run out of his winnings, he decided to take the annuity option of receiving $1.5 million a year for the next 25 years. This guy is set for life.