- From Mega Moolah to Beach Life the progressive slots you can win big on
- One progressive slot game jackpot winner bagged €17.8m
If you don’t know what a progressive slot game is, and why they have the power to change your life, then read on.
Most slot machine games can be broken down into two categories: progressive or non-progressive.
Non-progressive jackpot slots contain jackpots which are fixed it doesn’t matter how many people win, or how frequently they do so, the jackpot will always remain the same.
By contrast, progressive jackpot slots contain a jackpot which is not capped and rises with each wager that is placed, and with each passing second.
Once a jackpot is won on a progressive jackpot slot, it defaults to its base minimum, only to rise once more.
Whilst there are countless progressive jackpot slots out there on the net, only a handful of them offer life-changing jackpots.
We’re talking about slots which are often worth multi-million-pound cash prizes. Here, we take a little look at some of those progressive slot games which offer life changing sums of cash. Most are available to play at bgo casino.
Mega Fortune is Net Entertainment’s premier progressive jackpot slot machine game. This “lifestyles of rich a famous” themed slot machine is played over 5 reels and 25 paylines. The progressive in this slot machine game is delivered via a bonus round, triggered by landing 3 bonus icons on consecutive reels. There are actually three progressive jackpot cash prizes to be won. The player must work their way through three wheels, either progressing through to the next innermost wheel or pocketing a consolation prize. If the player makes it to the second wheel, they could win the petite Rapid Jackpot. The top prizes are on the innermost wheel, though, and include the Major and Mega Jackpot prizes. The record prize on this slot machine game was paid out in January 2013, when a player won €17.8m with a simple €0.25 bet.
Mega Fortune has proven to be so popular that NetEnt have even developed a sequel. Known as Mega Fortune Dreams, it is largely similar to its predecessor, although its jackpot has never quite reached the heights of the original slot, tending to cough up around €5m at a time.
Microgaming’s major progressive currently holds the record for the biggest ever progressive jackpot prize paid out to a player at an online casino, at £13.2m. The total haul was just a few thousand larger than the win on Mega Fortune.
Mega Moolah is an African safari themed slot, and one which is played over 5 reels and 25 lines. This slot machine contains four progressive jackpots, triggered entirely at random. At any point in the game, players may be taken a wheel which contains the four progressives. They can spin the wheel, guaranteeing that they will win one of the four scaled progressives available in the game.
Mega Moolah has proven so popular that Microgaming have also developed a number of variants based on this game which also contain progressive prizes. Mega Moolah Isis (an Ancient Egyptian themed variant of the original game) has proven to be a big winner. It shares its jackpot with the original Mega Moolah slot.
Hall of Gods
Hall of Gods it the number one Norse mythology themed progressive slot on the net. This slot contains Mini, Midi, and Mega Jackpot cash prizes, all of which are triggered via a bonus round. Players need to land 3 Mjölnir (Thor’s hammer) symbols on the third, fourth and fifth reels to trigger the bonus round. Once there, they can smash shields to reveal either instant cash prizes or progressives. Match 3 of the same icons to win either a petite cash prize or a progressive jackpot.
In the past, Net Entertainment’s Hall of Gods has delivered a top progressive prize worth €7.8m, although wins worth around €5.5m seem to be normal for this big money slot machine game.
Divine Fortune is the newest progressive jackpot slot from Net Entertainment. It’s fantasy themed and the game’s stunning graphics certainly make it the best looking progressive on the net. Because it has only just launched, it is too early to tell just how high the progressives can go in this slot, but given the big money progressive in NetEnt’s Mega Fortune and Hall of Gods slot, we’d expect it to hit the €5m mark.
The progressives are triggered via a Jackpot Bonus, which is activated by landing 3 golden coins on the reels. Players can then fill the rows which appear on a second screen with coins, in a bid to land either the Minor, Major, or Mega Jackpot prizes. So far, no player has managed to scoop a multi-million-pound prize with this slot, but it won’t be long until somebody does.
There are two version of the Gladiator slot out there: a non-progressive one, and a progressive one, called Gladiator Jackpot. This game is based on the hit 2000 film starring Russell Crowe, and features all your favourite characters from the movie, aside from Russell Crowe’s Maximus (funnily enough) due to imaging rights.
Gladiator also contains three jackpots, triggered via a Gladiator Jackpot Bonus. That bonus is activated when players land 3 helmet wilds on the second, third and fourth reels. In the bonus round, players can click on helmets to reveal colours. Land bronze, silver or gold helmets to win progressive prizes. The biggest win recorded on this slot is currently £2m, which was won in October 2013.
Playtech are also the brain boxes behind Beach Life, which is – by our count – the longest running progressive jackpot slot on the net. Beach Life takes on a typical sunny day at the beach as its theme and offers up 5 reels and 20 paylines of gaming action.
Beach Life is one of the most difficult progressive jackpots to win. Players need to land 5 wilds on the twentieth payline (any other line will result in a secondary non-progressive prize being paid out) and they must also be wagering the maximum stake to stand a chance of doing so. As you can imagine, the progressive hasn’t been won too many times, which is why when it is won, it does tend to be massive. The biggest win on Beach Life to date is €6.2m, which occurred in February 2012. The average win on this slot is still about €2.5m, though.
Other top progressive jackpot slots
There are plenty of other top progressive jackpot slots out there which can offer up multi-million-pound jackpots, too. Ash Gaming’s Chest of Plenty has paid out £1.3m in its time, whilst their Glass Slipper and Winnings of Oz slots have seen wins of £1.1m, and £3m, respectively. Blueprint Gaming’s Genie Jackpots has paid out £2.2m in its time, whilst Cryptologic’s Millionaire’s Club has been true to its world, paying out an average €2.1m per win, and a record €5.8m in the past. Even Gamesys have made millionaires, with their Deal or No Deal and Tiki Temple slots offering up wins worth £1.9m and £1.8m, respectively.
You might not associate progressives with IGT, but their Mega Jackpots slot has paid out £2.1m in the past, although an average win on this slot is scarcely worth a third of that. We’ve discussed Microgaming before, but you may be interested in learning that their Major Millions and King Cashalot slots have delivered winnings of €1.8m and €1.5m before, even if their average wins are often worth around €500,000. If only Microgaming’s Dark Knight slot was still around, with its £8m jackpot prizes.
If you want a top NetEnt slot which we haven’t already mentioned, why not try Arabian Nights. This primitive but enjoyable Arabian themed slot has paid out €8.6m in the past and has an average win of €4.2m. it does, however, cost a fiver per spin. Novomatic’s Golden Sevens is far cheaper, and with a €1.3m prize, it’s worth a look.
Playtech can consider themselves the kings of progressives. Their Jackpot Giant, Gold Rally, Sweet Party, Funky Fruits, and Monty Python: Spamalot slots have paid out €5.8m, €4.6m, €3m, €2.8m, and €2.7m, respectively, whilst Playtech’s Age of Gods: Ultimate Power jackpot has often reached €972,723, almost putting it on part with their other big slots.
Random Logic (888) joins the list of big winners, too, with a $5.1m prize having been paid out, and an average win rate of $2.2m. Very few US-friendly slots contain multi-million-dollar progressives, but RTG (RealTime Gaming’s) $1.2m and $1m paying Shopping Spree and Megasaur slots have broken the mould.
They may not be the most fancied slots in the online casino world, but Playtech-owned Virtue Fusion’s Cleopatra’s Chest, Big Top Tombola, and Bouncy Balls slot have paid out £2.4m, £1.8m, and £1.1m in the past, but they are more commonly found at bingo sites, rather than casinos.
Lastly, Yggdrasil are one of the newer casino software developers, and they only have one progressive to speak of at the moment. Their Joker Millions slot has an average win of €1.8m, but if you play your cards right, you may one day trump the €3.2m record set by this slot.
Want to try an online casino?
Choose an approved casino from our carefully selected list. VIEW CASINOS