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When you are travelling to or from Las Vegas by air you will of course need to spend some time at McCarran Airport. Much like most other venues in Vegas something that you are going to discover as you wander around the airport is a huge number of slot machines that are dotted here, there and everywhere.

It has often been said that the slot machines at those venues are not the best paying ones you will come across in Vegas, for due to the captive audience in the airport the operators of those gaming machines can set them to return some fairly low payout percentages.

Plus, with the high volume of people arriving and departing at all hours of the day or night, the slot machines located around the terminal buildings do get a lot of play time, even though they may not be set to return to very highest of payouts.

I have noticed on a few recent visits to Vegas, the slot machines in the airport have been updated recently, and as such it is not only the older styled three reel classic slots you will find there but plenty of the much newer bonus game awarding video slots too.

I have often wondered what it would be like to win a huge jackpots as I am waiting for my return flight home, and whether I would then end up staying in Vegas for longer and forget about catching the plane, or whether I would catch my flight safe in the knowledge that trip had been a very profitable one!

That is certainly one decision that one lucky slot player has just had to make, for a lady living in California set about playing the Pink Diamonds Mega Bucks slot machine at the airport, and she managed to win a life changing $1,618,184.28 playing that slot!

There are quite a number of different Mega Bucks slot machines at McCarran Airport and they are of course all networked together and as such to be fair you do have a chance of winning the jackpots if you do decide to play them at the airport as opposed to in any Vegas based casino.

If you are planning on visiting Vegas in the very near future then that slot machine may be one worth avoiding, for it is very rare for it to payout two jackpots in very quickly successions. But fear not there are always going to be plenty of other slot machines you can get stuck into playing, some which do offer progressive jackpot and some that don’t!

If you have never been to McCarran airport then be aware that they use a ticket in ticket out system, and if you wish to redeem your cash out vouchers for cash you will need to track down a slot attendant, so make sure you have plenty of time to do so or you may miss your flight home!

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Sara O'Connell
A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.