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Biggest Casino Winners
by Adel Awwad

Just who are some of the biggest casino winners in Vegas? The answer might surprise you. It's not the professional poker players or the people that are paying the $100 slots that are winning big. It is people just like you and me that are just keeping the seat warm and taking a chance on the slots. The biggest winners on record are all winners of the Megabucks jackpot. The jackpot starts at $7 million and goes up from there until there is a mega winner.

For one lucky man, lightning or rather a jackpot has struck twice. At the age of 92, Elmer Sherwin won his second Megabucks jackpot. Mr. Sherwin won $21 million almost 16 years after his initial win of 4.6 million in the same jackpot game. Both of Mr. Sherwin’s jackpots were won in Las Vegas and were part of the Megabucks network of progressive slot machines. He will receive his winnings in annual installments but said that he had plans to donate his winnings to victims of Hurricane Katrina. His first jackpot win had allowed him to travel the world, now he wanted to give back.

Another big winner was Amy Nishimura from Hawaii. At 71, Ms. Nishimura was visiting Las Vegas on vacation and hit the $8.9 million Megabucks jackpot at the Freemont hotel after spending about $100 on the slots. Ms. Nishimura was another winner of the Megabucks network that is linked to over 150 casinos across Nevada. More players mean a higher payout for the lucky winners. She said that she had had dreams about her win before she hit the jackpot.

The largest jackpot ever won in Vegas was $39.7 million and was won in March of 2003 at the Excalibur casino. The lucky winner was a 25-year-old man from Los Angeles that turned a $100 stint at the slots into the biggest win ever recorded. The instantly wealthy man was visiting Vegas for the NCAA basketball tournaments and just sat down at the slot machine to play for a while. He walked away with a whopping 1.5 million dollar payout for the next 25 years.

While we can all dream, the big winners are all just like you and me. They decided to sit down and take a chance and lady luck was on their side. As Mr. Sherwin has proven, lady luck doesn't always only strike once.

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Just like their land based cousins, online casinos have more than their share of big casino winners. Since it would not be possible to list the many thousands of online casino winners on this page, here is a short list of lucky casino players who struck it big at an online casino.

- Nancy H. won $198,585.76 on the 21st of March 2008 playing Cyberstud at Fortune Room Casino

- K.E. won $5,556,753.68 on the 18th of April 2008 playing Mega Moolah at Blackjack Ballroom Casino

- J.M. won $401,405.30 on the 5th of October 2006 playing Major Millions 5 at Captain Cooks Casino

- Yves G. won €587,314 on the 19th of April 2008 playing Gold Rally at Casino Tropez

- Angele L. won €464,000 on the 3rd of March 2008 playing Gold Rally at Casino Tropez

- Ulrike H. won €113,174 on the 25th of February 2008 playing Lotto Madness at Casino Tropez

- Stefanie G. won €99,840 on the 22nd of December 2007 playing a A Night Out at Casino Tropez

- Dariusz P. won €921,915 on the 23rd of November 2007 playing Lotto Madness at Casino Tropez

- Etienne P. won €151,406 on the 6th of October 2007 playing Desert Treasure at Casino Tropez

- Marco T. won €190,661 on the 20th of January 2007 playing Diamond Valley at Casino Tropez

- Timothy P. won $1,700,000 on the 13th of February 2005 playing Gold Rally at Casino Tropez

- Gerald A. won €129,936 on the 26th of October 2007 playing Thrill Seekers at Vegas Red Casino

- Kevin G. won $159,322 on the 28th of January 2007 playing Caribbean Poker at Vegas Red Casino

- Ewy M. won $113,275 on the 20th of January 2007 playing Magic Slots at Vegas Red Casino

- Ulf Y. won $189,931 on the 8th of November 2006 playing Desert Treasure at Vegas Red Casino

There are literally thousands of online casino winners that cannot be listed on this page. To get an idea of the most recent winners, simply visit these individual online casinos and click on the "Winners" text links that appear on the casinos' home pages.

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