Over the weekend, a Reno, Nevada resident spent 40 minutes at a slot machine only to experience a truly life-changing event. The “biggest little city in the world” saw a record-breaking slot machine jackpot on Sunday.
The winner was a local anonymous woman. She placed a $10 bet and won a $14 million IGT Megabucks jackpot at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. The win makes it the largest slot machine jackpot in the city’s history.
$14 million slot machine jackpot at Atlantis Casino in Nevada
In a Las Vegas Review-Journal statement, Toni Martinez, IGT vice president of Western Region & Mexico sales, said
“With a $10 million top progressive jackpot reset value, no slot jackpot in the US rivals the size or thrill of IGT’s legendary Megabucks game.”
Martinez added she was excited the resort could experience “property-wide excitement” after the win. Speaking with the Reno Gazette Journals, Cheraz Ecker, Atlantis general manager, said:
“We’re ecstatic for our longtime Atlantis patron and her incredible jackpot win. “This is another amazing milestone to celebrate in our company’s history.”
Having first launched in 1986, IGT’s Megabucks, a progressive slot jackpot, is available at various casinos across the state.
First big slot machine win in over two years
Although the jackpot isn’t the largest Megabucks ever won at a Nevada casino, it is the first to happen in roughly two years. The largest payout happened in 2003 when a guest won $39.7 million at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Fast forward to 2009, another Reno resident, Rachael Renee Romanick, won $33 million playing the Megabucks slot machine at Terrible’s Rail City in Sparks.
The big win at Atlantis Casino Resort Spa isn’t the only one IGT has announced. On March 6, a lucky player turned $3.20 into more than $3 million. According to IGT, the player won a bet on the “Wheel of Fortune” slot machine at the Carson Valley Inn Casino in Minden.