It’s a pretty safe bet to say that casino gaming is huge in Canada today, and it really doesn’t matter to Canucks whether they get their kicks online or at one of Canada’s superb land-based casino destinations.
A landmark event in Canada’s casino history occurred in 1996, when Casino Niagara opened its doors for business in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Overnight, thousands of Canucks flocked to the casino in a bid to change their luck in an instant. It was as if the Klondike gold rush of the1800’s had never ended.
But that’s the thing about Canadians, they never lose their sense of adventure, or their ingrained need to take a chance, throwing all caution to the wind and go all out to strike it rich. However, unlike the hazards and mortal dangers of travelling up north to the Yukon to find gold, striking it rich in a casino in Canada today is a relatively easy prospect.
So, without further ado, here are a few rewarding stories of how some lucky Canadians have struck it rich in the past.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or an abandoned gold mine), you should be quite familiar with the name Mega Moolah. This happens to be the distinctive moniker of Microgaming’s most famous and benevolent progressive jackpot slot. Mega Moolah has the distinction of having made more overnight millionaires around the world, than any other progressive jackpot slot in history.
Of course, this wonderful benevolence also finds its way into Canada, where one lucky Vancouverite hit the motherlode in 2015. The player, who for obvious reasons chose to remain anonymous, triggered a major progressive jackpot win on Mega Moolah worth a whopping $7.5 million Canadian. Perhaps what is even more incredible, is that he happened to be playing this ultimate progressive jackpot game with one hand – on his mobile!
Actually, this one isn’t really about a criminal that knocked over a casino. It’s about a sweet little old lady that happens to be a fan of the music of ‘the gloved one’, Michael Jackson. She also happens to be a complete slots nut and plays them at local casinos whenever she gets a chance.
Okay, so she’s not really a little old lady either, she’s only 55 years old. However, be that as it may, the lady in question, named Kathryn, spotted a sweet Michael Jackson-themed slot, complete with an original MJ musical soundtrack. She just had to play.
As it turned out, the move was meant to be, as Kathryn won a mind blowing $1.8 million while playing at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. Forget about just doing the moonwalk, for that money you might be able to buy that old ball of cheese and walk all over it.
It’s entirely understandable that many big jackpot winners prefer to keep their win quiet, lest all those worms in the woodwork come a-knocking. This is exactly what played out at Woodbine Racetrack Casino, Toronto in 2008, when a man who casino staff referred to as “a regular player”, hit one of the biggest wins Canada has ever seen.
The man, Mr Anonymous, decided to take a chance on the $1 Megabucks slot machine. After a few hours of playing the reels, Mr Anonymous hit the perfect combination, setting off the machine’s lights and bells. Luckily for him, it was pretty late in the evening and the casino was fairly empty. Mr Anonymous walked out of that casino a changed man, with a massive check for $4.7 million in his pocket.
Canadians seem to be quite a lucky bunch, and maybe it has something to do with that risk-taking gene in their DNA. There are hundreds of stories just like the few we shared here with you, about how a lucky Canuck took a chance, spent a few dollars and came out with more money than they ever dreamed they would have.
So, whether you choose to play at home on the couch in your slippers, on the bus via your mobile device, or by taking a nice scenic drive down to your local casino, when will you be the one, we’re all talking about? Of course, if you choose to remain anonymous, we’ll never know, but you sure will!