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Top 10 land-based jackpots of 2019

16 Dec 2019

By Dan Ippolito
Many go through spending money on their families and friends during the Christmas season to exchange gifts. However, if you were lucky enough to walk out of a casino with over $900,000 in winnings, you may be more generous in the gifts you buy than before. As the year comes to a close with Christmas and New Year’s Eve approaching, we take a look at the top 10 land-based jackpots of 2019.

10. $923,165
A man from California was playing the White Hot Diamonds slot at San Pablo Lytton Casino in California on 5 February.

While using the three-reel slot, the local resident was getting ready to leave just as he hit a jackpot for $923,165. The lucky winner said that he intends to use the money to pay off his mortgage.

“You can come to San Pablo Lytton Casino any day and leave a millionaire,” said Michael Gorczynski, General Manager of San Pablo Lytton Casino. “Stop by. Start winning.”

9. $931,640
Any trip to Las Vegas can turn into an expensive one, but not if you end up hitting a $931,640 jackpot.

A Hawaiian resident at Main Street Station Casino Brewery and Hotel did just that when she played a Madonna slot machine on 7 October.

The winner landed four Madonna symbols and a wild around 6p.m. at the Boyd Gaming property. Imagine finding you won nearly $1 million when you first thought you were taking home a little over $9,000. She had to tell the slot attendant that she thought the payout was only $9,000, but was thrilled when she learned the true amount.

8. $935,176
On 21 September, Clint was headed to the movie theater at Aliante Casino Hotel and Spa in North Las Vegas and stopped by the casino for a few brief spins on a 25-cent slot machine.

The southern Nevada resident dropped $20 and parlayed a $1.25 spin on Wheel of Fortune, which turned out to land a jackpot for $935,176.

Winning that hefty amount just might have the popcorn tasting a little better at the movie for Clint.

7. $1 million
St. Patrick’s Day brought some extra luck for a Plaza Hotel and Casino guest from Hawaii.

The guest was playing Monopoly Millionaire at the Downtown Las Vegas casino for just a few minutes before landing a $1 million jackpot.

6. $1,098,478
Also in Downtown Las Vegas, an anonymous player at Fremont Hotel & Casino in November became a newly minted millionaire while playing the Wheel of Fortune slots.

The winner was a Hawaiian resident and on that Saturday evening, she hit a giant jackpot worth $1,098,478.

Hawaiian residents hit two jackpots over $900,000 in October and November at Boyd Gaming properties in Downtown Las Vegas.

5. $1,117,047
Early in 2019, a lucky player won the largest jackpot in Video Gaming Technology’s history.

In February, the player was at Riverwind Casino in Oklahoma playing Smooth As Silk game. The three-reel mechanical wide area progressive, $uper Hit$ Jackpot$, appeared on the top of the game showing the player had won $1,117,047.

After the jackpot was awarded, it was reset to $250,000 and continued to grow form there.

4. $1,311,818
IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slots were paying out several massive jackpots in 2019, including the one at Aliante Casino we previously mentioned.

The Venetian Las Vegas also paid out a seven-figure win on 3 March. The slot player was at the Las Vegas Strip resort playing a Wheel of Fortune game when they landed a $1,311,818 jackpot.

3. $1,559,521
Valentine’s Day is another day when people expect to be spending money on loved ones. Luckily for a Las Vegas Valley local, an extra $1,559,521 was added to their name just two days before.

On 12 February, the player was using a Buffalo Grand slot at Suncoast Hotel and Casino when the life-changing amount was awarded just prior to 7 p.m.

The slot landed on the Grand Jackpot are of the bonus wheel indicating the massive jackpot win.

2. $1,896,000
Heading over to Las Vegas and leaving with nearly $2 million is not something many people are able to experience.

A Washington native was gambling at The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod on 7 June.

The winner, who did not want to reveal his identity, was playing the Buffalo Grand slot by Aristocrat Technologies. While using the slot, the player ended up hitting a jackpot for $1,896,000.

1. $2,152,860
Treasure Cove Casino and Bingo was very good to a lucky player in the summer. The casino in British Columbia paid out a $2,152,860 Canadian-dollar jackpot on IGT’s Powerbucks theme, Powerhits on 13 July.

This jackpot marked the largest Powerbucks jackpot awarded since the theme made its Canadian debut three years ago.

“IGT congratulates the lucky player that won this record-setting jackpot at Treasure Cove Casino,” said David Flinn, IGT Regional Vice President, Canada. “This big win fuels player excitement for the omni-channel Powerbucks game, which gives players the chance to win life-changing jackpots at any bet level for a uniquely thrilling player experience.”
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