Intl. Game Technology one of top millionaire makers

Jul 8, 2013 7:12 PM

Want to be a millionaire? Powerball and its lottery cousins generate headlines with the huge payouts offered when the jackpot grows over several weeks of no winners.

But when it comes to making millionaires, International Game Technology (IGT) has to rank with the best of them.

How about more than 1,500 millionaires since IGT first began offering mega jackpot slot machines in the nation’s casinos? The total amount won on their machines since 1986 approaches $6 billion with Nevada casinos easily topping the many states offering such jackpots.

Other notable states generating big winners include: New Jersey, $884 million, Mississippi, $513 million, California, $429 million and Louisiana $307 million.

IGT was the first slot machine manufacturer to offer huge payouts when it launched MegaBucks slots in 1986. Since then, the company has added to its progressive slot machines and other manufacturers have joined in the fun.

So, anyone looking to become an instant millionaire need only find a casino that has placed progressive slot machines on their gaming floor. Of course, it helps if the player is lucky enough to see the proper symbols aligned on the payoff line.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

Contact Ray at [email protected].

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