Mohegan Sun Pokies Player Reels in $5.1 Million Jackpot

A lucky pokies player playing the Wheel of Fortune machine at Mohegan Sun in the United States won a jackpot worth $5.1 million!

An American pokie player is celebrating a life-changing win enjoyed at Mohegan Sun Casino & Resors. The player saw their dreams come true after hitting the progressive jackpot on the Wheel of Fortune machine. The US$3.8 million ($5.1 million) jackpot prize is the largest ever awarded by the IGT-owned Wheel of Fortune machine.

A Mohegan Sun spoksperson explained the jackpot is the largest the casino has awarded in 20-years.

“While the winner opted to keep their information private, they was a very lucky guest who won a massive progressive slot jackpot. This is the largest jackpot won on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at Mohegan Sun in nearly 20 years.”

Only one person has won a larger Wheel of Fortune jackpot at Mohegan Sun in the past 20 years. An anonymous player triggered the jackpot in late October 2003 and walked away with a massive US$4.5 million ($6.04 million).

IGT manufactures the popular Wheel of Fortune machine; the game is huge in the United States. Two other players became millionaires from the machine during March 2022. One lucky punter bagged US$1.48 million ($1.98 million) on Wheel of Fortune Triple Gold at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Another scooped $1.31 million ($1.75 million) on Wheel of Fortune Triple Red Hot 7s in downtown Las Vegas.

About Mohegan Sun

Mohegan Sun is a vast American casino spanning 364,000 square feet of gaming floor. The Mohegan Tribe runs the casino, which is located along the banks of the Thames River in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Development of Mohegan Sun began in 1992, and it first opened on October 12, 1996. The resort planned an expansion in November 2006 at a cost of US$750 million. Developers called the expansion Project Horizon. However, a global economic recession put the brakes on the project, and Mohegan Sun shelved the idea.

The expansion would have been huge had it happened. Plans for an additional 1,000 rooms, a 42-table poker room, 28 table games, and 650 pokies would have added plenty to the casino’s bottom line.

The current Mohegan Sun resort is a gambler’s paradise. Some 6,500 pokies adorn the gaming floor. There is space for 377 table games, including 116 blackjack tables. The vast gaming facilities help the casino achieve more than US$1.06 billion in revenue annually.

Wheel of Fortune Online Pokie

The Wheel of Fortune machine the anonymous player won the massive jackpot from is a very popular machine. It is based on the television programme by the same name, and follows a similar format.

There are almost a dozen online pokie variants of the game, including some spread in Australian online casinos.

A collaboration between IGT and Big Time Gaming resulted in Wheel of Fortune Megaways launching in January 2021. This is the closest online players get to the Mohegan Sun version. The Megaways engine gives 117,649 ways to win and an RTP of 96.46%. The maximum payout is where the game excels because it pays out 80,150-times your bet. This monster prize equates to $16,030 at the lowest $0.20 stakes and $8,015,000 at the highest $100 stakes.

No online casino lays claim to the jackpot hitting yet, which means it is only a matter of time before it does. Whoever wins the $8,015,000 top prize is set for life, but their win pails into insignificance when compared to the biggest progressive pokies wins ever.

€18,910,668.01 ($27,464,905.64) is the world record for an online pokies win. This came via the Mega Moolah machine. British gambler Jon Hayward played £0.25 spins of Mega Moolah online and won £13,213,838 ($23,226,360.82).

The biggest-ever pokie win happened in 2003 in Las Vegas when someone triggered the Megabucks jackpot. The prize weighed in at an incredible US$39.7 million ($53.51 million)!