Everybody wants to be a millionaire, but only some of us were lucky enough to become one. I guess it is even sweeter to turn into one overnight, thanks to a slot machine, after investing only a couple of bucks. We wanted to peak into the biographies of those lucky few and see how they felt when they struck gold.
Let’s meet ten people who were lucky enough to live the American Dream.
Elmer was a 75-year-old World War II veteran who decided to pay a visit to Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with his wife. He chose a Megabucks slot and bet $3 on a spin which brought him $4.6 million in a few seconds. But that wasn’t the end of Elmer’s lucky days since he played again in Cannery Casino and won an additional $21 million. Elmer used his prize money to travel the world with his spouse and donated the rest to charity. He died two years later, aged 93.
One day, a 25-year-old was waiting for a basketball game to start and decided to enter Excalibur casino and bet on several slot spins. He never suspected that he would watch the game a millionaire. The machine awarded an incredible $39 million to this young man who wanted to stay anonymous. He made an agreement with the casino to receive $1.5 million each year for the next twenty-five years. That’s what I call a salary.
John was a postal worker who entered his car in 1996 and drove to Vegas to turn some spins on Megabucks. This machine awarded him with $12 million. Unexpectedly, John didn’t like this situation very much, so he wrote a book about how hard it was to become a millionaire overnight. He named his book “I did it,” so everyone can read how one’s life can turn into a nightmare if $12 million comes out of nowhere to spoil everything.
Amy was a 71-year-old woman who got the best birthday present ever — a slot machine in Fremont casino awarded her with $9 million on Christmas Eve, one day before her birthday.
Cynthia was a cocktail waitress used to serving millionaires at a casino. However, one day, she became one of them when she decided to give a Megabucks slot a try and won a super big win of $34.9 million in the Desert Inn casino.
Unfortunately, her luck didn’t last long. Six weeks later, she was in a car with her sister, when another vehicle hit them from behind. Her sister was killed, while Cynthia remained paralyzed.
Johanna was a 74-year-old lady who was staying at a casino resort for several days. She was going for a breakfast one morning and thought: why not play several spins on the Megabucks machine? Johanna bet around $170 before the machine displayed a jackpot win of $22.6 million.
This lady later said that she mistakenly read $2 million from the screen and that even this made her more than happy.
Alexander was a 26-year-old marine who went out to Bellagio casino with his friends one night to celebrate their last day in the place. He didn’t even think that he would return to base with a huge win of $2.9 million.
Not too long ago, in 2015, a British man named Jon Heywood decided to test his luck with the Mega Moolah slot. And the “millionaire maker,” as many call this game, didn’t disappoint. Namely, he managed to win an incredible progressive jackpot of £13.2 million.
The last name on our list remains unknown. The only way to identify the lucky player is by their online name “Anchor72.” And thanks to the Millionaires Island slot, they managed to win a progressive jackpot that got to grow to be worth more than $3 million.
Anyone Could Be on This List
As we have seen, there was nothing in these people’s biographies to indicate what would happen to them. These people are living proof that we are all equal before Lady Luck.
Still, there are rumors around Las Vegas that bad luck follows players after their big win, like in the case of Cynthia Jay-Brennan and John Tippin. Do you think Lady Luck can be capricious as well?