Since 2012, 14 persons in the Canadian province of Alberta have won $1 million or more playing the Diamond Millions progressive slot machine, according to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission. Sylvia Bennett of Fort McMurray is the latest. According to local news reports the lucky player and her husband had planned to travel to Las Vegas along with some friends for some gambling fun but decided to stay a little closer to home, opting instead for a “Canadian version of Vegas” at the River Cree Resort and Casino.
Although the million dollar win won’t go into the record books as one of the largest in history, the sawmill worker and her family will be able to pay off their mortgage and do a little travelling once the shock wears off. Of course the Bennetts splurged a little bit to celebrate the win with a bottle of champagne and a 30 oz steak dinner.
Looking in the record books for slot wins we still see the largest ever being won at a casino in Las Vegas. On March 21, 2003 a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles won $39.7 million at Excalibur playing on a Megabucks progressive machine.
Online casinos offer slot machines to cater for all tastes, including players who like to go for the gusto. The Guinness Book of World Records shows that the largest jackpot payout from an online slot machine was €17,879,645 ($20,062,600, £13,209,300). Jon Heywood of Cardiff, U.K. won it on October 6, 2015.
The record for one of the best “low-roller” returns of all time goes to a Merseyside, UK player who bet 25p on the Ultimate Grill Thrills slot and hit five Dog symbols on a payline for a £973,400 progressive jackpot win in late 2012.
Sylvia Bennett’s win just goes to show you don’t have to go to Las Vegas to become a millionaire playing slots, sometimes the jackpot is a lot closer to home.