Top Gambling Wins: 2004 Elmer Sherwin Las Vegas, US $21 million
Elmer Sherwin was probably the luckiest man in Las Vegas. He was a two-time Megabucks winner. In 1989, he won $4.6 million right after the Mirage opened on the Las Vegas Strip.
On an early Thursday evening in September 2005, 92-year-old Elmer Sherwin, a World War 2 vet, decided to plop down in front of a Megabucks machine at the Cannery Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, because he had a feeling that the machine was lucky. Well, he was right, because he won the $21,147,947 jackpot.
With that money, Elmer donated a lot to the Hurricane Katrina relief fund and helped support his family, including his son and daughter-in-law.
Elmer passed away two years later, in March 2007.