Check out the biggest wins on online slot machines 2023
So, you've won $100 playing Thunderstruck II, have you? Good for you. But out there, there are hundreds of players who over the years have taken down some of the biggest slot prizes ever won.
From world record Vegas wins to the biggest mobile prizes, let's look at some of the largest slot jackpots ever won.
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Most regular video slots have localized jackpots. Any money won by the player can only be won on that machine, whether in regular spins or bonus games. Some slots have localized progressive jackpots too.
Progressive jackpots are prizes that increase as more players bet on them. Small portions of each stake go towards the jackpot. The more you pay to play, the more "tickets" you earn towards winning the jackpot. The progressive is then either triggered at random on any spin or a bonus feature/game is activated. If the player successfully navigates the bonus feature, they win.
In 2015, a retired soldier from the UK took down the largest ever online slot prize worth £13.2 million ($20 million) playing Microgaming's Mega Moolah. Incredibly, his wager was just 50c when he triggered the game's largest 'MEGA' jackpot.
For a long time, the €17.8 million won on NetEnt's riches-themed slot was the largest ever online jackpot. The identity of the winner, a Finnish gambler, is still unknown.
Microgaming's Mega Moolah slot has long been a popular game for online players. And one of its biggest of all time came in 2016 when Marcus Goodwin took down the jackpot.
Megabucks has been making millionaires since it first appeared in the 70s and 80s. In 2003, a young software engineer from the US won a world record $39 million playing Megabucks in Las Vegas. His $3 bet, increased from $1, helped him win the extra cash. A smart move.
Megabucks had already made a multi-millionaire a few years earlier in Las Vegas. In 2000, cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan won over $34 million playing Megabucks at the Desert Inn Casino. Tragically, six weeks after she won Cynthia was involved in a car crash that left her paralyzed. Cynthia's sister died in the crash.
It's no surprise that $10 million will buy you quite a lot of stuff. But what can it get you? Here are five ideas to inspire you:
Manhattan Apartment: A 3-bed apartment in the exclusive New York City borough will set you back around $5-8 million with perfect views of the neigborhood.
Own a Classic Piece of Art: Artworks by famous painters needn't break the bank, but why not break the bank anyway? A rare painting by English artist John Constable could set you back as much as $5 million.
Buy Bitcoin: The digital cryptocurrency has been in the news a lot lately. Its value has also sky-rocketed up to $8,000 per coin and shows no sign of crashing.
Get Your Own Private Jet: Want to fly your pals to Vegas whenever you want? A second-hand Cessna jet will set you back around $10 million. It's the perfect way to hit Sin City when you want.
Most slots players win jackpots in a legitimate way, risking their own cash to win the top prize. But for a minority, scamming the casino and/or the software is the 'only' way to win.
In 2011, Russian hackers were accused of tampering with NOVOMATIC slots spread throughout Europe. The accusations were concerned with the random number generators (RNGs) that govern the outcomes of the reels. It was thought that individual scammers could hack into machines and earn $10,000 a day, or more if working in a team.
A similar scam was used on slot machines in the 1970s and 1980s. Dennis Nikrasch and his team masterminded a huge scam in Nevada by opening up terminals and rigging the motherboards. By the time they were caught, the team had cheated casinos out of $16 million.
You'll find around a dozen good progressive slots at most online casinos. The range and quality depend on the main software developer, though. Here are five top progressives to look out for in 2023:
Mega Moolah (Microgaming): A classic jungle-themed slot that shares its jackpots with The Dark Knight and Mega Moolah Isis at online casinos.
Mega Fortune (NetEnt): NetEnt's record-breaking slot has a millionaire theme and several tiered jackpots that can reward players of all budgets.
Siberian Storm MegaJackpot (IGT): IGT's brilliant slot features a special 720-ways-to-win format and has lots of regular bonus features on top of its progressive jackpot.
Gladiator Jackpot (Playtech): Based on the Hollywood smash hit, Gladiator Jackpot has actual imagery from the Oscar-winning 2000 movie.
Cash Splash (Microgaming): Available in three-reel and five-reel format, Cash Splash is one of the original and most popular progressive slots.
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