Big winners of Progressive Jackpots

One of the main attractions to playing progressive jackpot slots is the staggering payouts they have been known to produce. While most people associate big jackpot wins with land-based casinos, the reality is, online casinos award progressive jackpots at a record pace.

The fascination with online progressive jackpot slots first came to light after Microgaming introduced several new games in the mid-nineties. It was not long before other software companies developed their own progressive slots to compete within this growing segment of online gaming.

What is important to understand before playing a progressive slot is how they work. Like all slot machines, progressive slots operate using a complex computerised algorithm known as a random number generator (RNG). Whenever you spin the reels, the RNG is responsible for producing one of two outcomes, a winning result or a non-winning result.

As all network progressive slots use this software, every spin can result in a jackpot win, and likewise, every player has the same opportunity to win that jackpot. With that said, it is important to understand how to identify the type of progressive slot you are playing and whether it offers the best value and payout potential.

This article will delve into this topic more and provide you with a deeper understanding of the differences between progressive jackpot slots. It will also provide insight into the largest jackpots won online, and which games were responsible for triggering those life-altering wins.


Localised and Network progressives – what’s the difference?

The two main progressive jackpots offered online are identified as either network progressive jackpots or localised progressives. If playing a localised progressive, the contribution to its jackpot is only made when being played at that particular casino. This means the jackpot increases at a far slower pace and is limited in the jackpot prize it can produce.

However, network progressives are a different ball game as they are available at hundreds of casinos and played by thousands of players. Just as importantly, network progressives have an increased minimum jackpot threshold, often starting at £1 million. As a result, the jackpot grows far more rapidly and regularly produces multi-million euro wins.

NB you may sometimes see network progressives described as 'linked' or 'wide area' and localised progressives as 'standalone'. They mean the same thing!


The biggest Progressive Jackpots

Two of the more popular progressives, Microgaming’s Mega Moolah and NetEnt’s Mega Fortune have become signature titles that most casinos are eager to offer. Not only do they offer a jackpot prize of at least £1 million, but they feature other progressive jackpot prizes, and therein lies their appeal.

The inspiration behind NetEnt’s Mega Fortune is inspired by wealth and a flamboyant lifestyle, and a mega jackpot that awaits its lucky winner. Set amongst a classic theme featuring the trademarks of success such as limos, champagne and expensive jewellery, it offers a minimum starting jackpot that continues to grow until one.

The slot features the option of ten bet levels with the lowest coin value being £0.01 and the highest being £.50. Along with its progressive jackpots, the game features scatters and free spins with multipliers. To trigger one of the three jackpots, three wheel symbols on a payline are needed and depending on how far you advance, it will award either a coin win or one of its three jackpots.

As for Mega Moolah, its inspiration comes at the hands of the African Savannah and the amazing animals that roam its plains. Unlike Mega Fortune, the symbols throughout Mega Moolah represent the most famous animals of the country, such as the lion, giraffe, elephant and monkey. Moreover, it offers four progressive jackpots starting at £10 and progressing to a top jackpot prize that starts at £1 million.

With added features such as scatters and free spins, its jackpot is awarded randomly. Once triggered, you are whisked away to spin the Mega Moolah jackpot wheel and guaranteed to win one of its four progressive jackpots.

Which one is best in many ways is a personal choice, but with the added benefit of a fourth jackpot, Mega Moolah seems to be a clear favourite amongst slot enthusiasts. Adding to it being a fan favourite is knowing that once triggered, you are guaranteed a jackpot – big or small!


Largest Progressive Jackpot on Microgaming

As we mentioned, Microgaming’s Mega Moolah has produced some of the largest jackpots online. One of its biggest was won in September 2018 when one player triggered a staggering €18,915,721 jackpot. However, this is by far not the only jackpot this slot is famous for, as on average, its Mega jackpot is triggered once every three months.

Our research has shown this is a slot that makes millionaires like no other. In addition to the jackpot already mentioned, other jackpot winners include one player winning €13,212,881 in October 2015 and yet another scooping up a life-altering $11,633,897 in November 2016. This is not to mention smaller multi-million wins such as the Finnish player who won €5.5 million and U.K player who won €5.8 million playing The Dark Knight Rises.


Largest Progressive Jackpot Wins on NetEnt

Like Microgaming’s Mega Moolah, NetEnt’s Mega Fortune has a reputation for delivering massive jackpot wins. Its largest to date was won in January 2013 for €17,860,868 after its jackpot went unwon for longer than expected. Of course, there are many other multi-million euro Mega Fortune wins, such as the €11,735,446 won in September 2011 and the €8,577,104 won in November 2015.

More recently, the last year alone has seen three multi-million euro jackpots. The latest was for €3,556,031, while the second most recent win saw one player taking home €4,283,713. No matter how you look at, one spin is all it takes to win big.


Jackpot Slots at Radiant Star

So, if playing progressives gets your heart beating, the line up of progressive slots at Radiant Star Casino will deliver the on-the-edge of your seat action you crave. Although we don't offer the two slots mentioned above, we have a range of over 30 Jackpot Slots for you to choose from. From Jurassic Juniors to Past the Post and Shopping Spree, we provide you all the opportunity you need. Why not try Hold the Safe or Irish Luck, and put yourself in line to potentially be our next big jackpot winner!