Ten Wildly Successful Gamblers
Even before the industry became organized, gambling was a preferred pastime of many people. They played with coins, dice, and cards. They bet on battles, sports, even elections. As time passed, gambling took a more organized form – the first gambling house was established in the 17th century, spawning a multi-billion dollar business. Some might say gambling is about players losing money – this might be true. But people do win, no matter if they play in land-based establishments, or at online casinos. These ten lucky people stand as proof.
Peter from Norway
Online casinos do pay out big wins – let the example of Peter, a Norwegian player, be the proof. Playing an online casino game called Arabian Nights, he hit it rich, pocketing a jackpot worth $13 million. It was a world record at the time, soon broken by another Nordic player.
Anonymous Finnish man
Another online casino jackpot in the top ten. A Finnish player who wished to remain anonymous played Mega Fortune with stakes of 25 cents when he got lucky – he pocketed $19.7 million.
Time to go online! Last October, 26-year old Jon Heywood from the UK made it among the millionaires with a few lucky spins on Mega Moolah. His prize was amazing: $20 million, the largest jackpot ever to be paid out by an online slot machine.
The Megabucks slot machine seems to favor the elderly. Our next player was 92 when he hit the jackpot. Elmer Sherwin, 92, pocketed over $21 million in a winning streak at the Cannery Casino in Las Vegas.
Anonymous Illinois player
A 49-year old man from Illinois hit it rich at the Caesars in 1999 after a deposit of $10. His reward was amazing: a $21.3 million jackpot.
Johanna Heundl, a 74-year old retired lady from California, has decided to try her luck on the legendary Vegas slot, Megabucks, in 2002. She was going to have breakfast at Bally’s, but stopped to play beforehand. And well she did – her spins won her a $22.6 million jackpot.
Anonymous Vegas flight attendant
A retired flight attendant from Las Vegas entered her name into the city’s history with a massive win in November 1998, when she hit a $27.5 million jackpot at the Palace Station Casino. She was not at her first big win – she has already won over $600,000 a few months before.
Working as a cocktail waitress at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, Cynthia Jay decided to try her luck at Megabucks in January 2000. And it was her day – she won $34,959,458.50.
Anonymous LA software engineer
The second largest win in Las Vegas history was bestowed upon an anonymous Los Angeles software engineer in 2003. After depositing just $100 at a video slot machine, he won a stunning $39.7 million. Quite a life-changer at the age of 25, don’t you think?
Archie Karas was a legendary gambler, considered one of the luckiest people in Las Vegas. Born in Greece, he ran away from home at the age of 15, crossing the ocean on a cruise ship. He landed in Portland, moved to LA, and finally made it to Las Vegas with $50 in his pocket. In his initial run, he turned the $50 into $17 million. Then, after repeatedly winning and losing massive amounts, he reached a bankroll of $40 million by the year 1995. The fact that he lost it all a year later was part of the game, of course.