Ben Vuong, a Saskatchewan native, hit this massive payout on December 30th, guaranteeing himself a great New Year’s. The Dakota Dunes regular was playing “Smoke Signals” when he won a $1,166,462 payout. According to Gary Daniels, general manager of Dakota Dunes, the casino workers were glad for the lucky winner.
“Many of our workers are super happy,” Daniels told CBC News. “They tell me the winner is a very nice gentleman who always has a smile. We’re glad we have given him even more to smile about.”
This progressive jackpot starts at $1 million and grows until it reaches $2 million. Since Vuong won the top prize, the jackpot will be reset to $1 million.
This isn’t the only big slots prize that’s been won recently. An anonymous Detroit woman hit a $2 million payout just two weeks ago while playing at Greektown Casino. Much like Vuong, the woman was a regular at Greektown before winning a life-changing slots prize. She was playing Wheel of Fortune slot, which offers one of the biggest linked progressive jackpots in the United States.
Another interesting aspect of this story is that the $2,005,393 payout is the largest in Detroit history, which is pretty impressive considering that the city features three big casinos.
The Detroit winner and Vuong are the last to hit seven-figure slots jackpots to close out 2015. But you can be sure that we’ll see plenty more big winners in 2016 – both at land-based and online casinos.
Speaking of online slots, British soldier Jonathan Heywood earned the largest online jackpot ever at €17,879,645. It’ll be interested to see if this amount can be topped in the New Year.