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What is The Biggest Jackpot You Ever Won on a Slot Machine?

The “biggest jackpot I ever won on a slot machine” could not have happened at a better time! My wife and I, newly married, had agreed to a trip to Las Vegas with three other couples for a five day getaway. When we agreed and made the future arrangements, it was far enough in advance that we were certain we’d be able to comfortably afford the trip, but we were SO wrong. Just a few days before our trip we ran into some unexpected, unavoidable household expenses—my car broke down and had to be fixed, and we had to replace both our refrigerator AND our hot water heater all in the same week ( def some bad luck before a Vegas trip) and really should have just cancelled the vacation. But our friends would’ve been devastated and we thought it would be unfair to back out at the last minute after having everyone count on us. So we decided, ok, we’d just go along and do the bare minimum of everything in order to keep the costs down.

This, of course, meant almost NO gambling as we needed to stretch our limited bankroll just to attend our group dinners and shows. Definitely NOT my idea of a Las Vegas vacation. Still, in the back of my mind, I felt I could get ‘lucky’ with some very limited play and maybe, just maybe, turn the trip into a money-comfortable excursion. Well about 2 days in to our 5 day trip, nothing had worked out as I had hoped. And I knew better: I know you just can’t win without that money comfort, you can’t win when you play “short”. Plus I had over indulged at Blackjack on day 1, losing way more than I should have under our circumstances, so now with 3 days left on our trip, we maybe had enough money to get through but one more day….

That night after dinner, my wife and I escape the group back to our room and decide we’ll just have to make an excuse and leave Vegas the next morning, a full 2+ days earlier than we planned. Both of us now resigned to this uncomfortable, but necessary decision, we return downstairs to the casino to inform our friends. But we can’t find them! We looked all over the casino and when we finally realized they must’ve took a walk down the Strip or something, we found ourselves in front of a bank of Diamond slot machines. I looked at my wife, she looked at me, we both looked at the machines, we both smiled, and we both said “What the fuck!” We agreed that since we were definitely leaving in the morning we could take a last $100 shot at the slots, really, what the hell is the difference at this point?

I don’t remember spin for spin what took place, but it wasn’t long before we hit a “signer”, a jackpot that we had to fill out all the forms in order to collect, it was around $2,800.00!! Now that certainly is NOT alot of money at all, but at that moment in time it felt like a million bucks ! No stupid excuses to our friends, no having to leave early, no more passing on the appetizers or drinks to keep our dinner tab down!! YYYYYEEEEEEHHHHAAAA, it was a good good feeling!

So the next part is just as good, if not better: we agreed to lock up $2,000.00 to cover all our needs ++ for the rest of our vacation, and I took the $800.00 left over and went back to Blackjack. That same night I ran that $800.00 into another $3,600.00, that and the jackpot paying completely for the whole trip AND the unexpected household expenses!!! Our friends came back from their walk to find us both in a great mood and eager to plan our next day’s gourmet dinner!

When you consider I’m a guy who doesn’t even play slots, consider its timing, the bad circumstances, everything—-all of that made it the biggest jackpot ever….Yes, there is definitely magic in that town!

How do you increase your odds of winning at slot machines?

The only way I am aware of to win on a true slot machine is to somehow find out the payout percentage of the slot machine and what the percentage to hit the jackpot. Then you have to find a progressive slot machine or bank of slot machines that has a progressive amount high enough to shift the expected value of a slot pull into positive territory. The problem is that it is frequently hard to figure out what the actual odds of a slot machine are. Typically you will see signs with “Up to 99% Payout”. This means that at least one machine with a 99% payout is on the bank. The others may be totally awful.

In the past, there were video poker machines where if you new the strategy well enough, you could just win outright in certain games. Generally, computer training software forced casinos to remove those games or reduce some of the payouts to shift them back in their favor. Video poker machines with a progressive are fairly simple to find out what the payout of the games is without including royals and then find out what the progressive has to be to make the game positive. This works because on a true video poker machine the likelihood of a hand being dealt or drawn to are identical to if you were playing with an actual deck of cards. There are bingo machines in certain states and on reservations that don’t work this way, but most casino video poker machines are legit

Keep in mind that just because the odds are in you favor does not mean you will win. The positive portion of the game is only in hitting the progressive. The rest of the game will normally be worse than a standalone machine. It’s only when the progressive of the bank or machine hasn’t been hit in an improbably high number of pulls that the game becomes positive. You could get lucky on the first hand, or you could be one of the poor schmucks who pumps the progressive even further up.

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