Slot machines are a huge money-spinner for online and land-based casinos. Millions of dollars are spent by players on these games every year, which is why they are also the games that deliver the biggest wins. Here is a list of 10 of the biggest payouts ever recorded from slots.

1) $39,710,826

The current largest slot machine jackpot win ever was recorded on March 21, 2003. It was won by an anonymous 25-year old computer software engineer from Los Angeles who was playing on the famous Megabucks game.

After putting $100 into the slot that was located at the Excalibur Casino, the lucky player triggered the $39.7 million jackpot.


2) $34,955,489

One of the more bittersweet jackpot wins came on January 26, 2000 when a cocktail waitress from Las Vegas, Cynthia Jay-Brennan, landed the $35 million Megabucks jackpot at the Desert Inn in Sin City.

Tragically, just six weeks after her massive win, a drunk driver caused a crash that left Jay-Brennan paralyzed and killed her sister.


3) $27,580,879

An old saying goes that you need to speculate to accumulate. That was certainly the case for

During a session playing on the Megabucks slot machine at the Palace Station, an anonymous 67-year old hit the jackpot on November 15, 1998. She put $300 into the slot before eventually triggering the $27.6 million jackpot.

It wasn’t her first huge jackpot win either. She’d previously landed $680,000 when playing the Wheel of Fortune slot game at Palace Station.


4) $22,618,156

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Johanna Heundl, from Covina, California, can vouch for this.

On March 27, 2002, she was on her way to eat breakfast at Bally’s in Las Vegas when she decided to have a play on the Megabucks slot machine. She put in $170 before landing the $22.6 million jackpot win. In a moment of comedy, she actually thought she’d initially won just $2 million but soon realized she had misread the winning figure.


5) $21,346,952

On June 1, 1999, an anonymous man from Illinois won $21.3 million on the Megabucks slot at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The 49-year old businessman only needed a $10 bet to trigger the win on a single spin.


6) $21,147,947

It is said lightning doesn’t strike twice but on September 15, 2005, it certainly did. 92-year old Elmer Sherwin pulled off a near impossible feat by triggering a second multi-million dollar jackpot win when playing a slot machine in Las Vegas.

Sherwin’s first win came back in 1989 at the Mirage when he won $4.6 million. Fast forward 16 years and this time Sherwin triggered $21.1 million on the Megabucks slot machine at the Cannery Casino in Sin City.


7) $20,057,734

Fortune favoured an anonymous Canadian player on January 30, 2019, when they triggered the $20 million mega progressive jackpot on the highly-rated Mega Moolah slot at Zodiac Casino.

It was a record-breaking slots win for a Canadian gambler online. It also came just a matter of months after the world record win on the same slot.


8) €18,915,721

As mentioned above, the highly popular progressive jackpot slot game, Mega Moolah, had a previous record. On September 28, 2018, when an anonymous player won the €18.9 million jackpot on Mega Moolah, one of the most popular progressive jackpots.

The win broke the official Guinness World Record for the largest jackpot prize ever earned online.


9) €17,860,868

One of the most high-profile online jackpot wins came on January 20, 2013, when an anonymous player won €17.9 million playing on the NetEnt-developed Mega Fortune online slot at Paf Casino. The huge jackpot pool showed just how popular online slots were becoming and how many people were playing them.


10) £13,212,882

Mega Moolah was once again the online slot delivering life-changing wins when a UK player, Jon Heywood, triggered the mega progressive jackpot on October 6, 2015. He won £13.2 million at Betway Casino.