A slot machine at the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel recently paid out more than a million dollars. The lucky winner received $1,016,715.91 on the Dancing Drums Explosion slot machine game.
Players winning big on Dancing Drums machines
The Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel is the only full-service casino in Texas. The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas runs the casino. There are no commercial casinos in The Lone Star State.
A number of slot players in states across the country have been striking gold on the Dancing Drums Explosion machine. It’s a game created by Las Vegas-based, cross-platform games leader Light & Wonder, Inc., formerly Scientific Games Corporation.
In early November, a player hit the jackpot at a Washington-based casino for $1,195,737,37.
And in October, luck struck another gambler at the Venetian Las Vegas. An individual placed a $5.88 bet and won $2,835,768. The Venetian has been mum about who the winner was and on which day the jackpot was won.
The biggest payout in recent times from a Dancing Drums Explosion game happened in 2020 at the Bellagio Resort Casino in Las Vegas. A player raked in $3,934,609.07.
Lucky Eagle boasts more than 3,000 slot machines
The Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino Hotel is in the West Texas town of Eagle Pass, about 142 miles southwest of San Antonio. Established in 1996, it’s the largest casino in Texas. There are two other gaming centers in the state. Tribes own all three.
The Lucky Eagle facility provides 24-hour gaming excitement and features over 3,300 slots, a private poker room and live bingo. A variety of delicious dining options are also available to customers. They include IHOP, Wok, INN, Freddy’s Steakburger, Kickapoo Lucky Eagle’s Grande Pizza, Red Sky Grill and Eagle Eats.
The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas uses revenue from its gaming and business operations to provide housing, education and social services to its members.
Scientific Games made name change in March
Scientific Games, a global leader in retail and digital products, as well as technology and services that drive profit for government-sponsored lottery and sports betting programs since 1973, officially changed its legal name to Light & Wonder in early March.
The Las Vegas company believes the change reflects its intent to focus more on online gambling. In a press release, Light & Wonder said the change was also part of “the company’s strategic vision to become the leading cross-platform global game company focused on creating and launching great games …”
In April, the company began trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol “LNW.” A year earlier, it sold its lottery business to Brookfield Business Partners. It sold the business to the private equity firm for $5.8 billion.
The company traded its sports betting component, worth $1.2 billion, to Endeavor Group Holdings, an American holding company for talent and media agencies with primary offices in Beverly Hills.
Most of the funds from the sales went to repay the company’s substantial debt. Between the end of last year and April of this year, Light & Wonder managed to reduce its debt from $8.8 billion to $4 billion.
In October, Light & Wonder announced its takeover of House Advantage, a privately held technology provider. It was not able to acquire SciPlay to increase its digital gaming component.