By Michael Kaplan

When you hear screams of glee coming off of a casino floor, it usually means one thing: There is another gambler who’s winning slots. Often the excited sounds are punctuated by ringing bells and flashing lights. A casino attendant rushes over and facilitates payment.

When the charmed gamblers win really big, they get to pose for pictures while holding giant checks. Considering the random nature of it all, few casino windfalls are as satisfying, or as unexpected, as a gargantuan slot machine jackpot. Here are tales from the frontlines of fortune, documenting some of our favorite slot machine winners.

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