Before we look at how these games work, let’s look at what a progressive jackpot game is. These jackpot-type slot games take a small amount of cash from every spin made on the game and add that to an increasing jackpot or sometimes multiple jackpots.
The more these kinds of games are played, the higher the jackpot will get until it’s won, then it will reset back to its starting jackpot, which is often still a large amount of money. Certain providers offer a network of games that all share the same progressive prize pools that you can view going up in real-time as people play. Sometimes, several games are played all over the world on different casinos, all sharing the same massive prize pool potential.
In progressive jackpot games, you can win the biggest prize at random or from the bonus game, but players who play for the maximum stake will often have a better chance of winning.
How Big Can Progressive Jackpots Get?
In a word, Massive. This year, the world record for the biggest online jackpot ever was beaten when a lucky Belgian player won €19,430,723.60 whilst playing the Mega Moolah Absolootly Mad game from Microgaming. This was done at a stake of €15, which defies the common misconception that only the largest stake players can win these progressive jackpots because you can play for much higher stakes than this on the game.
The reason this jackpot got so large is that the game shares its progressive jackpot with four other games including Mega Moolah, Atlantean Treasures, Mega Vault Millionaire, and Fortunium Gold.
The game actually features four progressive jackpots, with Mini, Minor, Major, and Mega Jackpots all paid out. Since this massive win occurred the progressive jackpot would have been reset to its starting amount of €1,000,000, but as the game is played it will quickly rise again.
This isn’t the only breathtaking win that has happened thanks to progressive slot games like Mega Moolah, lets look at some of the other huge wins throughout the years:
- Mega Moolah Mega – €18,915,721 (September 2018)
- Mega Fortune Mega – €17,860,868 (January 2013)
- WowPot Mega – £15,183,085 (April 2021)
What Kind of Return To Player (RTP) Can I Expect from Progressive Slots?
Your RTP will often be much lower whilst playing a progressive game, this is because a portion of your playing funds is kept aside for the progressive jackpot or jackpots. In the case of Mega Moolah, the RTP figure is just 92.02%, that’s because unless you win the jackpot, you won’t see a return from the extra money that you add to the jackpot prize pool.
We recommend always checking out the game’s RTP figures before deciding whether to play and if you are only going to play for a short period of time, maybe choose a game without a progressive feature that will allow you to get a better return.
What are the Best Progressive Jackpot Games?
The most popular and famous game series of late has to be the Mega Moolah series, which as we have already shown you has had some massive payouts and offers five well-loved games that access the same progressive prize pool. But let’s take a look at some of the other very popular progressive games out there in casino land today:
Mega Fortune By NetEnt
This game offers a fairly high RTP of 96% and features luxurious lifestyle gameplay that includes jewelry, riches, and sports cars. One thing that’s worth noting about this game, is it’s only suitable for Highrollers because the progressive jackpot is only accessible at the highest stakes spins.
The Dark Knight By Microgaming
This 5 reel game offers an RTP of 88.12% and features 243 Paylines. It’s based upon the most popular Batman film to ever be released. There are four progressive jackpots that can be won in total, the largest of which starts at a cool €1,000,000 and has risen as high as €2,566,425 back in 2013 when one player flew off into the night with Gothams hard-earned money.
Our other top picks include Candy Bars by IGT, Arabian Nights by NetEnt, Major Millions by Microgaming, and Millionaire Genie from 888 Games.
How to Win Progressive Slot Jackpots
Just like any form of gambling, winning these games is mostly down to luck, as the outcome of when a progressive game pays out, is all down to Random Number Generators picking when the slot will payout. So whilst there are no legitimate strategies we can share with you here that will help you win progressive jackpots, we do have some hits to help you get the most from your money.
Play progressive jackpot games when they offer huge prizes
Whilst this is going to come naturally to most of us, this is where you will find the most value because you are typically paying around 5% of your stake per spin to have a chance of winning the progressive prize, so you want that investment to have a chance of getting you the biggest reward possible.
Make sure to check out the rules of the game before playing
Some games only offer progressive prizes to certain stake players. So don’t go throwing your money away if you can’t even possibly win the largest prize.
Play for the maximum bet
Following on from our last tip, we recommend playing for the largest stake possible, the reason is this gives you the best possible chance of winning a progressive jackpot. So let’s say you have $200 to play with, and you usually play for $20 a spin, well, if the maximum bet is $50, increase your chances of winning the jackpot by playing 4 x $50 spins instead.