- In 1998 an anonymous female flight attendant in her mid-60s was the winner of $680 000 on The Wheel of Fortune and then also won $27 500 000 a few months later on the Megabucks jackpot.
- On 21 March 2003, a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles won the biggest jackpot of all time at The Excalibur Hotel and Casino. He won $39,713,982.25 which he chose to have paid to him in $1.5 million yearly instalments for 25 years.
- A WW2 veteran by the name of Elmer Sherwin won a $4.6 million Megabucks jackpot shortly after the Mirage first opened in 1989 and then sixteen years later he won $21 million from the very same jackpot.
- In January 2000, a 37-year-old cocktail waitress named Cynthia Jay-Brennan walked away $34.9 million richer after winning on a Megabucks machine at the Desert Inn.
- In March 2002, Johanna Huendl, 74, played $170 on the Megabucks machine and ended up winning $22.6 million.
- Most fountains in a hotel – there are over 1 000 fountains that shoot water 243 feet into the air at the Bellagio lake.
- Biggest glass sculpture – the Fiori di Como is found in the Bellagio and it consists of about 2 000 hand-blown pieces of glass.
- Biggest bronze statue – the lion outside the MGM Grand is 45 feet tall and is the biggest animal statue outside of the USA. It weighs 90000 pounds.
- Tallest chocolate fountain – the Pâtisserie at the Bellagio boasts a freestanding fountain that’s 14 feet high and features nearly 2 tons of cascading melted chocolate.
- Most powerful light beam in the world – the beam at the Luxor is made up of dozens of lamps which each cost $1 200 and which each burn for approximately 2 000 hours.
- World’s largest atrium – the Luxor has a 30-story atrium that can easily accommodate 13 Boeing 747 airplanes.
- World’s largest birthday cake – Las Vegas celebrated its 100th birthday in 2005 where they revealed a giant birthday cake. The cake weighed 130 000 pounds it made it into the Guinness World Records.
A guest post by Connor Reeves
Las Vegas is synonymous with gambling, luxurious hotels and extravagant shows but it’s also famous for weddings. It’s a nuptial hotspot because it has minimal licensing requirements and you don’t even have to be an America citizen. Weddings are quick and cheap and just require both participants to be over 18. There’s even a drive-through window at the Little White Chapel so you can get married in your car in under 20 minutes.
There are about 50 chapels in Vegas and they supply just about everything for the wedding, including rings and bouquets. They even provide an online service so that your friends and family can watch you say “I do”.
Themed weddings are particularly popular and you can get Elvis to marry you or walk down the aisle as your favourite Star Trek character. Every year 100 000 people choose Vegas for their nuptials, making it the Wedding Capital of the World.
Many famous celebrities have chosen Sin City as their wedding venue and these include Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton, Britney Spears and childhood sweetheart Jason Alexander, Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu and Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow.
It’s known affectionately as The Strip and it’s a 6.8km section of the Las Vegas Boulevard. For the most part, the famous Strip isn’t officially within the City of Las Vegas limits, the majority of it is actually found in Clark County. It’s one of the country’s premier tourist attractions: it is home to some of the world’s biggest hotels and casinos and it has a gaming revenue of $6.2 billion. The Strip allegedly got its name from Guy McAfee, a Los Angeles police officer, who named it after his hometown’s Sunset Strip.
The first casino built on the current Strip was the El Rancho Vegas and it opened its doors in 1941. It was so successful that it started a building boom at the end of that decade. Unfortunately this historic casino lasted for just two decades before being destroyed by a fire. The El Rancho Vegas had 63 rooms, today there are more than 62 000 rooms on the Strip. The famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign was erected in 1959 at a distance of 7.2km from the city but with all the developments in the past 53 years the sign is now just 0.64 km south of the most southern casino on the Strip.
- Don’t attempt to flag a cab on the Strip because it’s pointless and illegal. Head to a casino and arrange one from there.
- Don’t jaywalk because it’s highly dangerous on the Strip’s busy roads and it’s illegal so you’re likely to get a fine.
- Don’t pay the full price for a show because discount tickets are available on the day or the day before.
- Don’t leave without treating yourself to one meal at an exclusive restaurant.
- Don’t gamble when you’re drunk.
- Don’t try to cheat because the casinos have highly advanced security systems and they will catch you.
- Don’t turn up for a weekend without booking ahead because Vegas is always busy.
- Don’t play above your bankroll. When you reach your limit stop playing and resist the urge to withdraw extra funds.
- Don’t play keno as it has the highest house advantage of all casino games
- Don’t spend your last night partying until dawn because a hangover will result in a painfully long wait at the airport and a horribly crowded flight.