There is nothing revealing that the most popular slot machines are progressive slot machines with big jackpots. These slot machines can provide winnings of tens of millions of euros, and have made several of our players multimillionaires. In this article, we take a closer look at progressive slot machines and various forms of casino jackpots.
- 1 Players who have won big progressive jackpots
- 2 What is a casino jackpot?
- 3 This is how progressive slot machines work
- 4 Pooled jackpots across the casinos
- 5 Popular progressive slots
- 6 Progressive local jackpots
- 7 Jackpot payout
- 8 Progressive jackpot strategies
Players who have won big progressive jackpots
Our players, especially those from Canada and New Zealand, love playing jackpots, and it is also shown in the statistics on who wins big wins on progressive slot machines. These are the pure facts that people from these very countries appear in the winners' lists when progressive jackpots are triggered.
At the time of writing, the biggest progressive jackpot won by Canadian was $20,059,287.27. It was on January 30, 2019, when a lucky player hit Mega Moolah Jackpot at Zodiac Casino. This winning story followed an €18,910,668.01 jackpot win on Mega Moolah at Grand Mondial Casino that was triggered on 28 September 2018 by an anonymous player from Europe.
The latest jackpot win exceeds the €17,879,645.12 that set the current world record in 2015, which earned Microgaming a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the ‘Largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game’.
That's not all! Only in the last few years, we have been able to record a dozen or so great wins, including:
- 17th August 2020 – €14,239,532.84 (Mega Moolah Absolootely Mad)
- 8th May 2020 – $13,615,861.49 (Mega Moolah Atlantean Treasures)
- 5th April 2020 – $16,296,347.95 (Mega Moolah)
- 5th March 2019 – $12,945,668.34 (Mega Moolah)
- 24th June 2018 – $8,332,554.01 (Mega Moolah)
The list of casino winners who have won big on progressive slot machines is much longer, but we stop there. To date, only Microgaming Casino’s progressive jackpot network, which is the largest in the gambling industry, has paid out €1,25+ billion!
You will find all the most popular progressive slot machines at most of the most famous casinos that we love to play at. If you are lucky, there is also a good welcome bonus waiting for you that allows you to try your luck at one of the vending machines for free.
What is a casino jackpot?
If you translate the word jackpot into other languages, it will be something close to “big win”. Yes, all correct, we are talking here about big wins, if not MEGA. Jackpots are fixed winnings that players can win in addition to the usual winnings on a slot machine. A casino jackpot is characterized by the fact that it offers far greater winnings than the regular winnings. This is exactly why casino players love jackpots.
There are fixed jackpots and progressive jackpots. The fixed (non-progressive) jackpots have a fixed amount that never changes no matter how many players win the jackpot. An example of a slot machine with a fixed jackpot is Jackpot 6000 which has a fixed casino jackpot of 6,000 coins.
The progressive jackpots, on the other hand, are characterized by the fact that the jackpot is never constant, and that it always grows. These jackpots are fed with the players' own bets and are far larger than the fixed jackpots. When the jackpot is triggered, it goes back to the beginning and builds up again.
The most popular progressive jackpots:
|Jackpot||Seeds At||Software||Recommended||Exclusive Bonus|
|Mega Moolah||1,000,000€+||Microgaming||50 free spins no deposit|
|Atlantean Treasures||1,000,000€+||Microgaming||350 free spins on deposit|
|Immortal Romance||1,000,000€+||Microgaming||50 free spins on deposit|
|Mega Vault Millionaire||1,000,000€+||Microgaming||1 free spin no deposit|
|Absolootly Mad||1,000,000€+||Microgaming||50 free spins on deposit|
|Jungle Mega Moolah||1,000,000€+||Microgaming||50 free spins on deposit|
|Witch’s Moon||1,000,000€+||Microgaming||25 free spins no deposit|
|Fortunium Gold||1,000,000€+||Microgaming||50 free spins no deposit|
|Mega Fortune||1,000,000€+||Netent||20 free spins no deposit|
|Hall of Gods||1,000,000€+||Netent||25 free spins no deposit|
|Arabian Nights||125,000€+||Netent||50 free spins no deposit|
|10,000 Wishes||250,000€+||Microgaming||20 free spins no deposit|
|Mega Fortune Dreams||1,000,000€+||Netent||10 free spins no deposit|
|Sherlock & Moriarty||2,000,000€+||Microgaming||300 free spins on deposit|
|Queen of Alexandria||2,000,000€+||Microgaming||175 free spins on deposit|
|9 Blazing Diamonds||2,000,000€+||Microgaming||150 free spins on deposit|
|Ancient Fortunes: Poseidon||2,000,000€+||Microgaming||50 free spins on deposit|
|Divine Fortune||10,000€+||Netent||10 free spins no deposit|
|Wheel of Whishes||2,000,000€+||Microgaming||100 free spins on deposit|
|Mega Moolah Isis||1,000,000€+||Microgaming||50 free spins no deposit|
|Mega Moolah Goddess||1,000,000€+||Microgaming|
|The Goonies Jackpot King||50,000€+||Blueprint|
|Ted Jackpot King||50,000€+||Blueprint|
|Mercy of The Gods||100,000€+||Netent||55 free spins no deposit|
|Sisters of Oz WOWPot||2,000,000€+||Microgaming|
|Book of Atem WOWPot||2,000,000€+||Microgaming|
|Beach Life||50,000$+||Playtech||$50 free chip no deposit|
|Jackpot King||100,000€+||Blueprint||15 free spins no deposit|
|Jackpot Giant||50,000$+||Playtech||20 free spins no deposit|
|Aztec's Millions||1,000,000$+||Real Time Gaming|
|Funky Fruits||50,000$+||Playtech||20 free spins no deposit|
|Joker Millions||100,000€+||Yggdrasil Gaming|
|Lots A Loot||200,000€+||Microgaming|
|African Legends||2,000,000€+||Microgaming||30 free spins no deposit|
This is how progressive slot machines work
The progressive slots are slots that have a progressive jackpot. These slots are also called jackpot machines or jackpot games.
There is little doubt that the progressive slot machines are the most popular online slots. Most casino players play precisely to win money, and if you are looking for the really big winnings then it is the progressive slot machines you should play on.
As mentioned, the progressive slots are characterized by their progressive casino jackpot. This jackpot grows all the time until a lucky player triggers the jackpot. The reason why a progressive jackpot can grow continuously is that it is fed by the stakes of the players. Every time you play on a progressive slot machine, part of your bet goes into the jackpot.
Pooled jackpots across the casinos
Many of the most popular progressive slots have pooled jackpots that are shared across different casinos. This means that there is an enormous number of players playing on the slots at the same time, and that there is an incredible number of bets that go into the jackpots over time. This is why these community jackpots are always the biggest ones.
The more players who play on a progressive slot machine, the faster the jackpot grows. This creates sheep's rush where several players flock to a slot machine where the jackpot has grown large, which in turn leads to the jackpot growing faster.
In theory, a casino jackpot on a progressive slot machine can grow infinitely large, but in reality, the jackpots are triggered periodically. The times it takes a long time between each time a casino jackpot is triggered, the winnings can be huge. In fact, the world's biggest online casino win is recorded on a progressive slot machine, as mentioned earlier.
Popular progressive slots
The most popular online casino games are progressive slots, and there are many to choose from. Below we look at some of the most popular. Also, remember that the most popular slot machines are usually also the ones with the biggest jackpot – because they have the most players.
Game developer NetEnt has developed some of the most famous progressive slot machines. The king of the mound is called Mega Fortune. The slot machine was launched in 2012 and has three different progressive jackpots: Rapid, Major, and Mega. These jackpots are won in a bonus game consisting of a wheel of fortune. The further you get on the wheel of fortune, the greater the gain. Mega Fortune is behind many of the biggest jackpot wins in history. In 2014 came the sequel Mega Fortune Dreams, which has also become one of the most popular online jackpot machines.
Hall of Gods
Another popular progressive slot machine from NetEnt is called Hall of Gods and was launched back in 2002. This slot machine also has three different progressive jackpots and is known for winning tens of millions of euros, dollars and pounds.
NetEnt is also behind the popular progressive slot machine Arabian Nights. This is also an old classic that has remained very popular among casino players. With a suitable “Aladdin theme”, the winnings on this slot machine can be tens of millions of kroner.
The Mega Moolah slot machine comes from Microgaming's studio and it is the most popular progressive jackpot in the world. This slot machine has four progressive jackpots that are fed by the players' bets across several casinos, and the winnings can therefore make you a multimillionaire overnight. At the time of writing, there were 5 different Microgaming slots under Mega Moolah pooled jackpot. These include Mega Moolah, Atlantean Treasures, Mega Vault Millionaire, Absolootly Mad, and Fortunium Gold.
Progressive local jackpots
Recently, there have also been several other popular progressive slot machines on the market that have local jackpots: that is, jackpots that are only fed by the stakes from the casino you play at. These machines can also have winnings of several million euros but are typically somewhat lower than the community jackpots. As for popular progressive slots with local jackpots, we can mention Joker Millions, Mega Joker, Cosmic Fortune, and Divine Fortune.
Once a progressive jackpot has been won, the pot will start filling up again automatically, but it will not start at zero. There is always a certain amount that the casino has set. This can be anywhere from thousands to millions of euros. It depends on the slot machine. For example, Mega Fortune and Mega Moolah's largest jackpots start ticking from €1,000,000.
To qualify for a progressive jackpot, the player usually has to bet at the maximum allowable bet. Although smaller bets still contribute to the progressive jackpot, most slot machines do not allow a player to win the progressive jackpot if they do not play at the maximum bet.
Progressive jackpot strategies
It's always worth your time to look around at different slot machines to compare the size of progressive jackpots. If you go for a jackpot, you should bet high since the chances of winning are low, but if you do, it will pay off in the end.
Following the development of different jackpots and playing as a team with friends or colleagues, gives you an advantage. With so many players, the chance of hitting the jackpot is much higher if you play together, even if you have to share your profits later.
Another good idea is to use slot machine VIP and loyalty programs. These often refund a certain percentage back to the player by giving out bonus money, cashback, or free spins.
Last but not least, be patient and play the same jackpot game regularly. Good luck with your bets, we will keep our fingers crossed for you!