I’m sure most of us have dreamed about winning a huge casino jackpot, but Las Vegas doesn’t have a reputation of giving out money just because, and casinos aren’t full of excess and luxury out of generosity.
That’s why we decided to make this investigation about the truth behind jackpot games and their winners, did they really exist, and did they really win? Let’s find out.
The man who won it all, twice!
If it’s almost impossible to win a jackpot in a lifetime imagine winning it twice! That’s the story of Elmer Sherwin, who was 76 years old when he hit the jackpot for the first time in 1989, he won $4.6 million dollars. But he wasn’t done playing, he kept going at it with a purpose, he wanted to be the first man to win the jackpot a second time. 16 years later, in 2005, he finally got his wish and won $21 million dollars. This feat has never been accomplished again, so his name is safe in the record books for now. Elmer ceased to exist in 2007.
Tragedy ruined a jackpot winner’s life
Life will never be perfect, it’s just not who it works, but this jackpot winner was really played a bad hand by destiny. Cynthia Jay-Brennan was 37 years old when she got lucky on January 26 in the year 2000. She was a humble waitress in Vegas and suddenly she was a rich woman, she won a $34.9 million dollar jackpot. But happiness was not meant to last long, because she was involved in a car accident that resulted in her sister killed and Cynthia was paralyzed. Such a sad ending to a promising new life for Cynthia.
The mystery man behind the biggest win ever
With almost $40 million dollars in winnings, on March 21 of the year 2003, Las Vegas witnessed the biggest jackpot win in history. The story tells the tale of a young man in his mid-twenties who went to play slots at Excalibur Casino just to pass the time and wound up as a millionaire. They say truth is stranger than fiction and this event certainly is bizarre. Rumors say that the man that won the grand prized lived in Los Angeles at the time, and if that’s true, his newly found riches were the perfect match for the Hollywood lifestyle.
So, there you have it, jackpot winners do exist, but money doesn’t guarantee happiness, some riches seems to come with a curse.