Let’s start by saying this…there is a big difference between a big win and a reported big win, so here we will stick what what we know and not speculate what may have happened behind closed doors. We are all aware that the big casinos in Vegas and Macau have their own private rooms for the highest of the high rollers, and why not? If you were a billionaire throwing a few million around with your pals you probably wouldn’t want the general public stood behind you! Most of us presume that the biggest money is made by the professional gamblers out there, who visit the casino most days and play for hours on end, and we all hear tales about blackjack players taking the house for five or six million dollars. However, that’s chicken feed compared to some of the amounts the everyday, ordinary Vegas visitor has won, there are a fair few lucky people out there who have walked away with cash they never dreamed possible.
Everyday Folk, Extraordinary Wins!
Arguably the luckiest man to have visited Vegas is a certain Mr Elmer Sherwin. He has won the Megabucks jackpot in Vegas, not once, but twice. This is a series of progressive slots that are located in over 150 casinos’ across Nevada and the pay outs are enormous. In his first win, Mr Sherman collected 4.6 million dollars, but wait for it….in his second win, 16 years later at the age of 92 he won an astounding 21 million bucks. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer man. With his first jackpot he traveled the world and with his second he donated the majority to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Another huge winner was Amy Mishimura from Hawaii. Whilst on vacation in Vegas she scooped a win of 8.9 million dollars…that’s some holiday cash to spend! However, her slice of fortune is nothing compared to the big win. In 2003 at the age of 25, a man, whose identity remains a secret walked into the Excalibur Casino in Vegas. He was in Vegas for the NCAA basketball games and fancied a few hours in the casino. He chose his slot machine and popped in $100. He then hit the jackpot of 39.7 million bucks. For the next 25 years this extremely lucky man will get a 1.5 million dollar pay out each year. We can all dream!