All gamblers dream of winning a huge jackpot one day that will forever improve their lives. Even the most pragmatic and skeptical players in their hearts hope to win a huge jackpot or get into a fantastic lucky streak, which will bring huge payouts.
Such expectations make people gamble for hours, buy lottery tickets for years, patiently hit the buttons of video slots, and compete in poker tournaments.
Most casino customers are not so lucky in a lifetime. Gigantic winnings are not frequent in gambling. Otherwise, all operators would have gone bankrupt long ago. Nevertheless, all gamblers can become a millionaire overnight if they play games that allow them immense winnings.
Fantastic Casino Winnings
The article tells about the most incredible winnings that have entered the history of gambling. In each case described below, it is not only the amount of the payment received that surprises. They are also associated with other funny (sometimes creepy) details.
"Honey, let grandma go first."
On May 2013, Gloria McKenzie set a record in the Powerball lottery.
The 84-year-old woman won 590 000 000 dollars. The odds of winning were 1:175 000 00.
The older woman bought a ticket at a supermarket near her home. Interestingly, in the queue at the lottery kiosk, she missed ahead of an unknown visitor standing in front of her. She picked up the top ticket in the stack. So the winnings could go to another guy, but it was "caught," lucky grandma.
By the way, be careful not to fall for the bait scammers:
The Gloria Mackenzie charity allegedly sends money to everyone in need but has no connection to the lottery winner.
These are scammers fishing for funds from unsuspecting users.
Short-lived Happiness of Cynthia Jay-Brennan
In 2001, fortune played a cruel joke with the waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan. Playing video slots, the girl received thirty-five million dollars. At that time, it was the maximum jackpot received on slot machines.
She immediately quit her job, married a guy she had been dating for a long time, and embarked on a long journey worldwide. But Cynthia's plans did not come to fruition. She hadn't even had time to enjoy the unexpected wealth.
A few weeks after winning, she was in a car accident. Her sister was killed in the accident, and Cynthia used a wheelchair. Her body was completely paralyzed from the chest down.
Elmer Sherwin, the Megabucks' Conqueror
The legendary Megabucks slot machine is probably the most famous video slot in the world. Millions of users chase its huge jackpots, but only a few succeed.
Elmer Sherwin won it twice. In 1989, playing at the Mirage casino in Las Vegas, he broke $4.6 million on Megabucks. Sixteen years later, Elmer was even luckier and stormed a slot at Cannery. His jackpot was twenty-one million dollars.
By the way, Sherwin, on a personal example, proved that legends of the Megabucks curse have no basis. The lucky one who conquered the treacherous slot lives an everyday life after both victories, enjoying his millions.
Conor Murphy and his fantastic bet
One of the most critical events for British fans of racing is the Cheltenham Festival. It gathers the wealthy fans of racing betting.
In 2012, the protagonist of the festival was a young man named Conor Murphy. He won one million pounds at last year's bet.
At Christmas 2011, Conor made a bet of the "Express" or "battery" format, predicting the winners of five races. All the horses he pointed out came to the finish line first, which allowed him to win a large sum.
People who understand horse racing know it is challenging to guess five winners a few months before the tournament. That's why Conor immediately became a local legend.
All Life in One Bet
Everyone who is even a little interested in the world of gambling has heard about this guy. In 2004, Brit Revell Ashley ventured all his savings at roulette.
He sold the property, withdrew money from the bank account, and collected cash. It turned out to be a little over $135,000. With that amount, Ashley headed to Las Vegas. He chose roulette at the Plaza casino.
Revell put all his money on red. The ball stopped at seven, which meant Ashley had won. Leaving a tip to the croupier, the guy cashed the winnings in the cash register and left the casino. He later opened his online poker room.
Don Johnson's wave of luck
Everyone can win massive amounts of money in the lottery or hit the progressive jackpot on the video slot. It is much more difficult to beat a casino on blackjack. But it is even harder to overcome several gambling houses one by one.
Don Johnson managed to do it. No, we are not talking about a famous actor, but about a simple guy who is not even a card counter, although he plays blackjack professionally.
In 2011, he caused a stir in Atlantic City when he beat casino Borgota, Tropicana, and Casino & Spa in one session. Then he took with him about fifteen million dollars.
A generosity that knows no bounds
On July 2011, Colin and Chris Weir won the EuroMillions lottery 161 653 000 pounds. But the impressive sum was not the only reason the world talked about the Scottish couple.
Unlike most lucky ones, they did not spend all on luxury. Colin and Chris bought expensive gifts for all the family, friends, and acquaintances. Some friends got luxury cars, and others got more than generous gifts.
In addition, they engaged in charity, establishing the Weir Foundation. The local football club was also lucky. He got several hundred thousand pounds.
Where You Can Hit a Huge Jackpot
With the development of online gambling, you can compete for huge payouts without leaving home. There are numerous options:
- Online lotteries of leading operators from different countries;
- Slot machines with progressive jackpots;
- High-limit gambling games;
- Large-scale casino tournaments with massive prize pools;
- International poker tournaments, and so on.
Now you can hit the jackpot, playing even on a mobile phone.
But remember that the chances of winning are minimal. The bigger the jackpot, the more players claim it. Realistically assess your opportunities.
Of course, covering all the stories about incredible winnings in one article is impossible. For other interesting cases related to large payouts at casinos, lotteries, poker, and betting, read the sections "Famous high rollers." We recommend reading the pieces in the "100 greatest scams" category on Casinoz.
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