Progressive Jackpot Slots Guide

Progressive jackpot slots can reward life-changing prizes - sometimes over $1 million! Want in on the action? We’re here to explain exactly what a progressive jackpot is, which slots have the biggest prizes, and how you can boost your chances of winning.

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What is a Progressive Jackpot?

A progressive jackpot is a prize that increases each time a game is played and the jackpot isn’t won. When you play progressive slot machines online, you can watch the prize increasing via the jackpot meter. The meters are updated in real-time and indicate the value of the prizes. Only a small percentage of the wager contributes to the jackpot, which means there shouldn’t be a noticeable difference to the in-game payouts.

Progressive slot games can be standalone or part of wider networks. A standalone progressive jackpot is localized to one casino or one site, and only the players betting here will contribute to the jackpot. Network progressives have access to much larger player pools as the same games are available at multiple online casinos. This results in faster-growing prizes and larger jackpots.

Progressive jackpot slots have immersive themes, lucrative bonus games, and huge payout potential, guaranteeing you an epic gaming experience. Players have been known to win millions from just one spin on the most popular progressives online, such as Mega Moolah by Microgaming.

How to Win a Progressive Slot Game

When you play a progressive jackpot slot (and any other type of slot) the outcome will always be random. Slot machines use a random number generator (RNG) to determine the outcome, which will undergo an external audit to ensure fair gameplay.

There are no strategies - you just have to hit spin and see what happens - but we do have a few tips up our sleeves for improving your chances of landing a win:

  • Avoid playing progressive slots which have recently been won because the jackpot resets to a predetermined level after someone wins the prize.
  • Place the maximum bet to get the best odds of winning a progressive jackpot.
  • See what the RTP is before playing to improve your chances of getting a decent return on any payouts. An RTP over 96% is preferable.
Did you know this about progressive jackpot slots?

In March 1986, the first progressive slot machines were launched by Si Reed of International Gaming Technology (IGT). The first progressive slot game was Megabucks and the machines were linked locally via phone lines by modem - blast from the past, huh? IGT funded the first million-dollar prize, then going forward, the prize was dependent on how many people played the machine.

How Progressive Jackpots Pay Out

Progressive jackpots can be paid out in installments or a lump sum, depending on the casino and the game. Casino policies usually include a section for progressive jackpot wins. In most cases, jackpots are paid in equal installments over a set period, going up to six months.

However, some top software providers, such as Novomatic, have been known to pay large jackpots immediately in lump sums. This is the case for Microgaming's Mega Moolah, where each jackpot is awarded in one go, by bank transfer or by cheque.

The Biggest Progressive Wins Ever

All players dream of scooping a big progressive jackpot and for some, this dream has become a reality. Progressive jackpot slots have awarded mindblowing prizes, such as the following:

1. Mega Moolah - €18,915,872.81 - Grand Mondial Casino - 09/09/18

2. Mega Fortune - €17,861,800.47 - Paf Casino - 01/20/13

3. Mega Moolah - £13,213,838.68 - Betway Casino - 10/06/15

4. Mega Moolah - €14,239,532.84 - Lucky Casino - 09/17/20

5. Mega Moolah - C$20,059,287.27 - Zodiac Casino - 01/30/19

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