We hear about many tales of massive jackpot paydays, both in Vegas and online, but there seems to be a popular recurring number amongst jackpot wins, with the figure $2.4 million popping up regularly. This recurring figure is a nifty amount to pocket, and has changed the lives of many. Probably the most famous case is that of Jennifer Lopez’s mum – though whether it changed her life, we very much doubt. Here’s a bit more info about some of the people who have pocketed this nice little earner…
J-lo’s mum gets (more?) millions
Let’s start with the best-known case… J-Lo recently relayed this story on The Tonight show, explaining how her mum was playing slots in the Borgata casino, Atlantic city, when she won a progressive jackpot. The story is that she phoned her daughter to tell her the news, initially calm and then screaming the details at the top her lungs (I think we’d scream too!). The host of the show, Jimmy Fallon, shared his own story of winning $200 with his dad in Atlantic City that very same night, playing the Wheel of Fortune slots machine. They were so delighted with their win until the next day when they woke up to front page headlines on the New York Post, saying that J-Lo’s mum had won the massive windfall on the Wheel of Fortune slots – the same machine they’d been playing! Here’s the interview with Jennifer Lopez on The Tonight Show that tells all.
Grandparents hit a jackpot that didn’t pay out for 20 years
Another example of a $2.4 million casino jackpot win is the middle-aged couple from New Hampshire, U.S.A, Linda & Walter Misco, who played at MGM Grand, Vegas, in August last year (2014). They decided to try their hand at Lion’s Share, the casino’s original progressive slot, which hadn’t paid out its jackpot for over 20 years. It is the most famous slot machine in the MGM casino, and is played on average every five seconds of every day. Walter & Linda staked $100 in total before bagging their massive payout. In an interview afterwards, they said they were delighted that they could now put their five grandchildren through their education.
A young man misses $314 million but still becomes a millionaire
Moving to lottery games, a 32-year-old man named Tarik Hawa won $2.4 million in 2013 on the Powerball section of the lottery – having only just missed the jackpot of $314 million. However, you can’t really feel sorry for the guys when his five numbers – 1, 17, 25, 37, and 44, made him an instant millionaire anyway. Hawa snagged the massive win after buying his ticket at a gas station in South Pasedena using the ‘quick pick’ system, and although he just missed the biggest windfall of all, he was pretty pleased with his new millionaire status, saying it would enable him and his wife to buy a house. A rather nice house, we might add! You can read more about his win in a press release here.
Games that offer a $2.4 million jackpot (and above) online
If you’re looking to play a game that offers a massive jackpot win, then there are a number of online slots machines that have progressive jackpots, which have reached (and broken through) the $2.4 million jackpot amount. Beach Life (currently at over $3.3 million at the time of writing) and Gold Rally, are two of the most popular online slots games due to their ever-ascending jackpot amounts. Gold Rally is the highest-paying online slots machine from Playtech, with a total of $9.1 million in wins paid out, closely followed by Marvel Ultimate Power and Magic Slots, each with a total payout of over $6 million to players.