In the world of casino gambling, ‘the house always wins’ is a familiar maxim, but it isn’t always the case. The following are only a small handful of cases in which online gamblers beat the house and won jaw-dropping jackpots, sometimes for as little as 25 cents a spin.
In 2016, Rawiri Pou of New Zealand won the equivalent of $7.4 million after hitting the jackpot in a progressive slot game. ‘It couldn’t have come at a better time,’ he was quoted as saying in the wake of his big win.
In 2012, a Swedish woman (who preferred to remain anonymous), took home the equivalent of $8.3 million after lucking out at the slots. She continues to hold the record in Sweden for the biggest-ever online casino win.
In 2009, a 36-year-old slots player from Greece, (also preferring anonymity), clinched the equivalent of $8.6 million, which remains Microgaming’s largest-ever jackpot payout.
In 2016, a female player, (known only as ‘DP’), won the equivalent of $8.8 million while playing from her iPad. This remains the most significant progressive online jackpot ever to be won on a mobile device.
In 2011, a young Norwegian man, (who also preferred to remain nameless), tried his luck at an online casino when he had trouble sleeping. After playing slots for an hour or two, he hit the jackpot, winning a whopping $12.8 million.
In 2015, 26-year-old Jonathan Heywood from the British county of Cheshire landed a record-breaking $19 million while playing slots. The most remarkable part of Heywood’s story is that he clinched the prize after playing for only 25 minutes.
Finally, in 2013, a forty-something Finnish man, (likewise preferring anonymity), placed a 25-cent bet on a progressive slots game. That bet ended up making him a mind-numbing $24 million, which remains the largest-ever online casino win to this day.