A breathtaking profit
Megabucks slot machines appeared on the market less than a year before the phenomenon occured. Terry Williams lived in California and decided to go and play at the Harrah, a casino in Reno. This day was placed under his lucky star, since he won 5 millions of dollars. The profit is real and in most cases it is payed in 25 annual instalments.
XL-sized cheques are therefore fictitious and are used only for pictures and media coverage.
A lack of luck
The history of casino was also marked by moments of great sadness.
On the 14th March 2001, Krik Tolman managed to align three identical symbols on a Megabucks slot machine. When inserting his bet, he was distracted by a friend next to him. The profit was therefore much less important, since he won 10 000 dollars with two coins inserted. If he had inserted an extra chip, his benefit would have risen to 7.96 millions of dollars.
This story reinforces the idea that you should always bet the maximum amount so that you don't let the jackpot pass you by.
Better twice than once
Progressive slot machines can sometimes hide an important prize, even a very important one. Generally, they are not appreciated by players, who find them uninteresting. However, a Las Vegas resident does not share this opinion at all.
The Megabucks jackpot was won twice by the same person in Las Vegas. In 1989, Elmer Sherwin won the sum of 4.6 million dollars at the Mirage Casino. On the 19th September 2005, he reiterated his exploit by winning 21.1 million dollars at the Cannery casino.
The man definitely left his mark in the universe of slot machines, since he is the first person to win the jackpot offered by Megabucks twice.