So, what are the odds?! Well, the great gaming mathematician, Michael Shackleford, has come up with an approximation of odds by pulling data from a couple of sources. Since he uses his data alongside data from a trusted forum user, we can†assume that the data is not 100% accurate. According to Shackleford, the probability of winning the jackpot in Lionís Share is about 1 in 20.5 million. There are varying probabilities -- between 1 in 18 million and 1 in 24 million -- depending on which set of numbers you use.
The jackpot for Lionís Share increases at 0.75% of the money bet. On average, the Lion's Share jackpot increases $167 a day. Further estimates of the data show returns on Lionís Share are currently between 97% and 98%. This is high for todayís $1 slot machines. (The current rate of return for dollar slots is closer to 95%.) The game will be at a 100% return rate when the jackpot reaches $2,534,494.
Here's a little known Lionís Share fact: before we meet Mr. P. in Vegas Vacation we see Lionís Share with a jackpot for just over $1,000,000. It's possible that this was the around the last time the Lion's Share jackpot hit.
The legend of Lion's Share continues to grow. There have been rumors of people waiting up to eight hours just to spend a few minutes on the chance of winning the $2.3 million jackpot. If you'd like to give it a try, Lion's Share is located on the MGM Grand casino floor across from Grand Wok.