An unheard of occurrence
An Arizona man recently found out that he had won a $220,000 jackpot during a session that took place weeks prior. He was not alerted of the big win at the time because of an error in the slot machine.
a progressive slot machine at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas
The individual had been playing a progressive slot machine at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on January 8 when there was a communications error. This malfunction meant that both the player and casino staff did not know that a progressive jackpot had been won.
An announcement on Friday from the Nevada Gaming Control Board revealed that Robert Taylor was the true winner of the $229,368.52 jackpot win following an investigation. Taylor found out about his successful jackpot win on January 28 and planned to collect the winnings over the weekend.
Tracking down the winner
The board explained that after an extensive review into the slot machine, it was confirmed that someone had won the jackpot. The casino was not able to successfully identify the true winner, though.
the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s enforcement division investigated the matter
Therefore, the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s enforcement division investigated the matter. It held a number of interviews and analyzed surveillance footage, rideshare data, and purchase records in order to identify the winner. This process took more than two weeks and culminated in the identification of Robert Taylor as the winner.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board’s enforcement division chief James Taylor thanked the agents for the countless hours they spent looking for the jackpot winner. He said that by ensuring that the winnings made their way to their rightful owner that the agents had made sure “that the public trust in the gaming industry remains strong.”
Other significant jackpot wins
Big jackpot wins often hit the headlines, but usually the person realizes at the time of playing that they are the winner. The size of the jackpots vary, but the ones that usually get attention are six or seven figures in size.
managed to win two million dollar jackpots in the span of three weeks
In another interesting jackpot-related story in recent months, a Florida woman managed to win two million-dollar jackpots in the span of three weeks at the same casino. The odds of winning the jackpot once was 60 million-to-one and rose to 3.6 quadrillion-to-one for it to happen twice. She won the jackpots in December and January at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa.
The biggest slot machine jackpot win on record in the US happened in 2003 at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. A man won $39.7m, which was paid to him annually over the course of 25 years in $1.5m installments.