Washington Man Breaks State Record for Largest Jackpot

Excited Man on Left With Slot Reels and the Word Slots on Right

One lucky man in Washington State is $2 million dollars richer. Jose Lopez, 39, hit the jackpot while playing real money slots at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, WA. Lopez’s recording-breaking win happened last month.

The jackpot was the biggest ever from a slot machine in Washington and more than doubled the previous state record. Even with a quarter of the winnings being held in taxes, the win easily broke the previous record. Lopez has hit it big at the Tulalip casino before, but this is by far his biggest win.

Lopez won the jackpot playing on a Gold Charms slot game. The Golden Charm appears to be a lucky charm as the previous record was also won on the same type of machine. Washington State’s previous record was set in early 2020. The seven-figure jackpot is impressive, but it is still miles behind the national record set in 2003.

What Is the Tulalip Resort Casino?

Located in the Pacific Northwest, the Tulalip Resort Casino is a tribal casino in Washington State. The casino resort originally opened in 2003 and has a massive 192,000 square feet of gaming space. Tulalip offers a wide selection of real money casino games, including over 2,400 slot machines.

Found approximately 40 miles north of Seattle, the casino is owned and operated by the Tulalip Tribes of Washington. In addition to the casino, the Tulalip also offers a resort-style hotel. The 12-story building was added during renovations in 2007-08. It has 370 guest rooms and suites available and is a AAA Three Diamond award-winning venue. There are meeting rooms available as well.

For entertainment outside of the casino, Tulalip has a ballroom and an amphitheater. Also, guests have access to seven different dining options at the Tulalip Resort Casino. The onsite spa measures a spacious 14,000 square feet.

A Closer Look at Lopez’s History-Making Win

History was made at the Tulalip casino last month. Jose Lopez hit a record-breaking jackpot on March 20th at the casino. Lopez was playing at Golden Charms slot machine shortly after midnight when the winning pull happened. He won the jackpot on a $5 pull.

In all, the jackpot Lopez won totaled nearly $2.37 million. However, 25% is withheld by the state for taxes. Still, the win shattered the previous record for the biggest slot machine jackpot. According to casino officials, Lopez took home some cash but had the majority of winnings given to him via check.

Golden Charm Has Made History Before

The win last month was not the first time that Golden Charm has been a part of history in Washington. In 2020, an anonymous winner set the previous state record on a Golden Charm slot machine. The previous record for the largest jackpot on a slot machine was $1.1 million.

Lopez also has a history at the Tulalip Resort Casino. According to Lopez, he had previously won a $20,000 jackpot at the Washington casino. His win last month is by far the most he has won at the Tulalip. Lopez stated that he normally plays the Triple Fortune or Buffalo Gold machines.

The $2.37 million jackpot record will likely stand for some time in Washington. However, it is miles behind the US record for the largest slot machine jackpot. In 2003, a player at the Excalibur in Las Vegas won a $39.7 million jackpot from a slot machine.


The last 12 months have seen many casino revenue records fall. Last month, one gambler in Washington State was able to join in on the good fortune. Jose Lopez hit a record-breaking jackpot on March 20th at the Tulalip Resort Casino.

Lopez had to pay a quarter of his $2.37 million jackpot in taxes. However, he received the remaining amount in cash and check from the casino. Lopez’s win beat the previous Washington jackpot record of $1.1 million.

According to Lopez, he normally does not play Golden Charm machines. However, after some convincing from his significant other, Lopez played the machine and struck gold. Record-breaking jackpots two years apart are certain to bring more players to the Pacific Northwest casino. Located near Seattle, the Tulalip also has a resort-style hotel.