Mississippi Coast casinos haven't seen $1M slot jackpot winner in years

May 25, 2018 9:43 AM

Players still take home major cash slot machine jackpots at Mississippi Coast casinos, but it's been years since one of those jackpots topped $1 million, reports the Biloxi Sun Herald.

Officially, it will be three years in October since a Florida woman, won $1.5 million at Biloxi’s IP Casino (formerly the Imperial Palace) playing the Wheel of Fortune slot machine.

The Sun Herald spoke to operators and regulators, to find out what, if anything has caused the big jackpot drought.  

"Big wins tend to come in cycles," said Dave Kingman, enforcement agent director for the Mississippi Gaming Commission. That happened in 2013 and again in 2015-16, when multiple jackpots of $500,000 or more were won at South Mississippi casinos. If the pattern holds to two-year intervals, 2018 could be another winning year on the Coast.

The Mississippi Gaming Commission goes to a casino and verifies every jackpot of $100,000 or more, Kingman said, and he says that's happened 31 times so far this year. Kingman says there are a variety of factors in the perceived jackpot slow down. “The players may not be playing them as much,” he said of the progressive slots, whose jackpots grow with every play until someone randomly wins.