Winners Online and Off:
In this 2-part series, we explore the huge paydays
and life-changing stories of jackpot winners playing
at either online or off casinos. Note: online wins
converted to U.S. dollars.
Record Slot Win
A record breaking $24 million prize was won online
at PAF, based in Scandinavia, by an anonymous
male from Finland. “I laughed and cried at the same
time,” said the winner. He placed a 25-cent bet on
the progressive jackpot slot game Mega Fortune
operated by the software company Net
Entertainment. The win, of course, came as a
surprise and the Fin couldn’t believe it. It was a
dream come true to be sure.
Super Win Surprises New Zealander
Rawiri Pou from New Zealand was playing the
progressive slot machine Mega Moolah at
Casinoland when he was surprised with equal to 7.4
million US$. He said that he and his family were all
overwhelmed and happy. When asked how he plans
to spend the impressive amount of money, the lucky
player said that he would like to spoil his family.
Rawiri’s win was extremely important for Casinoland
because it was the first one the operator has
recorded ever since its launch in 2015.
Huge Payday for Swedish Player
A lucky woman hit for $7.6 million playing the Hall of
Gods slot game at Unibet Online Casino. After the
win she was a bit dazed and couldn’t believe it. With
the winnings she was planning to pay off her house
and loans and take her family to Thailand. “And I
might even get a new car.” She is now the fifth
player to join the casino’s millionaire’s club since
Big Mobile Payout
A player, known as D.P., hit for one of the largest
progressive jackpots on a mobile device. The
impressive jackpot of $8.82 million was at a Mega
Moolah slot during a promotion in which a small
deposit qualified DP for a big strike.
Offline Convention Win
Janis Thomas, a Pasadena, Texas bartender
accompanied a friend to a Vegas Convention.
Seated near her friend, Thomas played about $100
at a Wheel of Fortune quarter progressive before
making the big hit of $665,632. Future plans include
assisting her handicapped son and other family
Around Midnight, the Wheel Turns
Richard Henry of Wells, Maine was too energized to
sleep while vacationing at the Monte Carlo Casino,
Las Vegas. Around midnight seemed a good time to
play. Their choice was a quarter Wheel of Fortune
slot and the bet was $20. Richard, a restaurant
owner, then struck for a $474,964 MegaJackpot and
the exciting win sunk in for two very happy people.
The 59-year-old restaurant owner mentioned that he
and his wife vacation in Las Vegas twice a year. The
future includes a home improvement project and
paying off the car.
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