Progressive Jackpots

jackpotWhen it comes to payouts at online casinos, players generally look for casino sites that offer progressive jackpots – this means they are hunting for the mega money games. Everyone plays to win as much money as possible and by playing progressive jackpots you can not only win big – but potentially change your life forever.

To win big, you need to have a general understanding on how progressive jackpots work.  This guide will tell you the ins and outs of progressive jackpots, allowing you to know what to look out for it you want to win big cash prizes.

What are Progressive jackpots

In basic terms, progressive jackpots are jackpots that grow and grow with every single spin or bet, until someone triggers that win and walks away with the whole lot! The progressive jackpot total keeps climbing with a small percentage of every player’s bet, with the rest of the funds going towards the current game. Sadly, to win the maximum cash on offer, you need to bet the maximum amount – although that doesn’t mean hundreds of pounds.

Every progressive jackpot game is different, take a general online slot game for example – some require you to bet all lines to qualify but also allow you to bet just £0.01 per line, this means if there are 25 paylines and the minimum bet is 1p – you bet 25p in every spin. You may trigger the bonus in any spin and its in that bonus that you can win the progressive jackpot.

Other games require you to bet the maximum across all levels to win, so if there are 25 paylines on the slot and the maximum bet per spin is £100, you will need to play £100 in every single spin to qualify for the progressive jackpot bonus.

Every game will show you a paytable or rules on how you can trigger the progressive jackpot, so it’s best to familiarise yourself with the rules and features before you start staking your own cash.

How do Progressive Jackpots Work?

I’m going to take an online progressive jackpot slot as an example here.  The biggest prizes are available when games have linked jackpots – this means that hundreds of online casino sites are offering the same progressive jackpot slot, allowing more player’s to play it at the same time, thus increasing the progressive jackpot faster.

The more people who fund the pot, the faster it grows, but it also means that the odds of you winning are drastically reduced.

Make sure you read the rules on how to play, place your bets, cross your fingers and hope to win big.

What Progressive Jackpot Games are There?

The most common progressive jackpot games come from online slots, this is where the most popular titles are and where you will find the biggest payouts:

Biggest jackpot games

When it comes to progressive jackpots, they can come in all sorts of games and sizes, but there are only a handful of games that stand out for offering the biggest and best progressive jackpots on the net, and these are slot games:

  • Mega Moolah
  • Hall of Gods
  • The Winnings of Oz
  • Monster Madness
  • Mega Fortune
  • Jackpot Giant

Mega Moolah

This is a creation brought to you by software giants Microgaming and it’s an online slot which offers 4 different progressive jackpots; Mini, Minor, Major and Mega. It’s hard to give a figure on what you can win, but the jackpots soar from Mini to Mega, with Mega jackpots regularly smashing through the £10,000,000 ma

Biggest Historical Progressive Jackpot Wins

Mega Fortune – €17.8M & €11.7M


January 2013, a Finnish online gamer staked just 25c on a single spin on the Mega Fortune online slot. I bet they couldn’t believe their eyes when the €17.8m progressive jackpot flashed on their screen.

They managed to trigger the bonus and entered the bonus round where they had to stop the wheel spinning. The first section of the wheel stopped on the arrow, allowing them to progress into the section section of the wheel.

Again, the wheel landed on the arrow which took them into the final section of the wheel. It was here that the wheel landed on the arrow for the third time and triggering that eye-watering jackpot.

In 2011, another lucky anonymous Mega Fortune online player scooped €11.7m progressive jackpot.

Mega Moolah – £13M+


October 2016, Jonathan Heywood from the UK triggered a £13,213,838 progressive jackpot from a 25p bet on the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot.

He know holds the Guinness World record title for the ‘Largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game (nominal)’ – it really is phenomenal!

Dark Knight – £5.8M


An English online slot player scooped £5.8m on the Dark Knight progressive slot with a 30p bet. He had only recently joined the Butler’s online bingo site and decided to have a punt on the game.

His wife didn’t believe him when he said he’d won, so as soon as the gambling firm called him up to verify his winnings, he handed the telephone to his wife so they could tell her it wasn’t a joke.