Reno Gambler Wins Record-Breaking Jackpot in ‘The Biggest Little City’

A gambler in Reno recently broke the local jackpot record after winning an incredible prize of over $14 million on a $10 bet while playing at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.

The IGT Megabucks slot machine showed a more than $14 million progressive hit on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spain Reno, Nevada. (Image: Atlantis Reno)

The Reno resident was gambling on the Megabucks Mega Vault progressive slot machine when their $10 spin resulted in the jackpot. IGT, the gaming manufacturer of the popular slot, confirmed that the life-changing win occurred on Sunday at the casino located south of downtown Reno.

Atlantis casino officials revealed that the lucky winner, who wished to remain anonymous, is a woman and a usual guest at the property owned and operated by Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc.

“We’re delighted for our long-time Atlantis patron and her remarkable jackpot win,” stated Atlantis General Manager Cheraz Ecker. “This is another remarkable achievement to celebrate in our company’s history.”

The earnings of $14 million – officially $14,005,832.09 – is the most significant slot machine jackpot ever won in Reno. Commercial gambling in “The Biggest Little City in the World” dates back to the 1930s when William Fisk Harrah opened a bingo parlor in 1937, and Harrah’s Plaza Tango the following year.

Huge Victory on Megabucks

IGT presented Megabucks inside Nevada casinos in 1986. The progressive has an array of titles, and the terminals have made many gamblers exceedingly wealthy over the series’ 37 years in operation.

Even though this week’s Megabucks jackpot hit at the Atlantis Reno is the biggest slots prize ever won in the city, the $14 million payout is far from the highest jackpot ever won in Nevada. That honor goes to a man who wished to remain anonymous after winning a $39.7 million progressive jackpot at the Excalibur on the Las Vegas Strip in March 2003.

The fortunate player, a then-25-year-old from Los Angeles who told casino officials he worked as a software engineer, also won the historic sum on a Megabucks machine. The man said he had only gambled about $100 before the win.

Six years later, another life-changing Megabucks prize was won. That involved a $33 million jackpot being hit by a lucky guest in April 2009. Reno resident Rachael Renee Romanick had been gambling for only about 10 minutes at Terrible’s Rail City Casino in Sparks when she got lucky.

Romanick, a mother of four who was 38 years old at the time, said she didn’t want to go to the casino but her friend convinced her to come.

“I really owe it to my friend. I wanted to stay home, but he wanted to gamble and convinced me to join him. I thought to myself, ‘Why not? If you’re going to win big, you have to play big and take a chance,’” Romanick said in 2009.

Jackpot Chances

So, what are your chances of hitting a Megabucks progressive slot jackpot? Not good.

According to Anthony Curtis of Las Vegas Advisor , an online resource for visitors to Southern Nevada, the chances of hitting a Megabucks jackpot is about 1 in 49.8 million.

Curtis explained during a September 2021 blog post that in 1999, slots expert John Robison obtained a Megabucks PAR sheet, which is the operating blueprint for a slot terminal, that revealed each reel on a three-reel Megabucks machine has 368 possible outcomes. Using the one in 49.8 million probability, Robinson concluded that a Megabucks progressive is most likely to hit when the jackpot has grown to around $15 million.

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