FYI, you're not getting the "1000" hit unless you fill up every single ball in the bottom row.
That is, you can only get the "1000" on the 4th shot for 2-credit machines and 5th shot for 3-credit machines.
This is a public service announcement based off of multiple videos and in-person sightings of people having a ball drop in the bottom slot and getting excited about (or lamenting, rather) almost hitting 1000.
No, you did not just almost hit 1000. You had no shot at it without all of the previous balls sitting in that bottom slot first.
For what it's worth, I cannot find any video or picture of someone hitting this 1000, unlike it's brother Top Dollar. In fact, I've only ever seen 2 balls (25 then 50) in that slot.
Anyone actually seen this unicorn?