The 4 Luckiest Casino Players in History

Jackpot games that offer a large payout for the lucky winner have always been popular. People like to take their chances to see if they won’t be the lucky person whose life gets changed. These big wins don’t happen that often though, but there were a few big payouts in history that did change some people’s lives. Today, we have a look at these lucky few and the big jackpots they won.

Archie Karas – $40 million

Archie Karas was a normal guy with only a few dollars to his name. He went on a trip to Vegas and played poker, baccarat, and dice games at several casinos. During his journey through the Vegas casinos, he collected $40 million dollars in winnings. Sadly, he lost it all in less time than it took to win. The lesson we take from this is to know when to stop.

Peter the Norwegian Gambler – €11.7 million

The largest online payout in the world was €11.7 million. The guy who won it was a foreigner and didn’t know what the exchange rate from euros to Norwegian Crowns were. When he finished playing and contacted support for his payout, he learned that it came to about 38 million Norwegian Crowns.

Elmer Sherwin – $26 million

Megabucks was introduced in 1989 and is one of the largest progressive jackpots in the world. Not many people have won this jackpot, but one lucky man was able to win it twice. Elmer Sherwin won the jackpot in 1989 and walked away with $5 million dollars. In 2005, he won it again and walked away with $21 million. This is a truly unique occurrence and we believe that Elmer is the luckiest man on the planet.

Charlie Wells – $1 million

This may not seem like that much money today, but in 1892 it was a fortune. By today’s standards that $1 million is the equivalent of $20 million. Charlie changed $4000 in chips into the $1 million dollars he walked away with. He is known as ‘the man who broke the bank’ and there was a song written about him as well.

These are the 4 luckiest men in the world and the men who have received the biggest payouts in the history of land-based casinos.

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