Home to the third longest airport runway in the United States, McCarran International Airport also is home to something airports outside of Nevada don’t have — slot machines inside the airport.
Positioned to catch the eye of travelers coming in and out of the airport, McCarran has approximately 1,330 machines throughout its three terminals.
McCarran’s slots, which are operated by Michael J. Gaughan Airport Slot Concession Inc., aren’t just a fixture for last-minute Las Vegas-themed photo ops. The airport collects 86.5 percent of the net revenue from the slots. Based on McCarran’s gaming revenue, it raked in $25.6 million for the Department of Aviation during the fiscal year that ended June 30. As a result, McCarran said it was able to replace 1,035 old machines in high-traffic areas.
But what happens when someone hits a jackpot on an airport slot machine?
With about 40 million guests traveling through McCarran each year, it happens fairly often. In 2015, according to IGT, two people have hit million-dollar payouts on the airport’s Wheel of Fortune slots. In March, one lucky winner claimed $1,056,878. Another player hit the jackpot for $1,681,553 earlier this month.