In recent years, courtesy of progressive jackpots and free bet offers, players have won record amounts from online casinos that truly defy the odds. In brief, progressive jackpots are big money as each bet placed on the games, or spin of a slot, adds to the cashpot that anyone playing a connected game can win – even for tiny stakes.
In 2013, a man from Finland was playing a low stakes online slot titled ‘Mega Fortune’ with a total bet per spin equivalent to around 20p. One lucky spin saw him win the game’s progressive jackpot and he walked away with an enormous €17.8 million – roughly £15.2 million – and all from just 20p to set the record as the largest online win of all time.
The largest British online casino win was awarded to Johnathan Heywood; a 26 year old British soldier in 2015. A 25p spin on the Betway Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot slot earned Heywood £13.2 million which turned out to be something of a miracle for his family. Heywood’s father was, at the time, awaiting a heart and lung transplant and much of the money went towards the best medical care available.
It isn’t only the desktop online casinos that offer the big money, however, as a player known only as D.P. netted a progressive jackpot worth £6.7 million while playing on Zodiac Casino – a well known mobile betting company. D.P. walked away with his millions from a stake of just £1 and he set the world record for a mobile win.
Aside of the record setting individual winners; there was very nearly a world record cumulative win paid out in December 2013. The Playtech designed slot, Gold Rally, paid out its progressive jackpot of $6.3 million to one lucky winner before paying out again just two days later – sadly for the second winner the jackpot was just $277,228 but it’s still an impressive win!
As with all records, they are made to be broken and many progressive jackpots are nearing the £15 million mark just waiting for one lucky player to spin or bet their way to a fortune. Games such as the Playtech Marvel slots are all linked to enormous progressive jackpots as are casino favourites such as Captain’s Treasure, Gold Rally and The Pink Panther – there are even counters displaying the current jackpot value so you know where to spend your stake for the biggest wins.