Jackpot slots give players the (albeit very small) chance of collecting a surprise huge win. A small contribution from every spin goes to fund the jackpot and this results in the base game having a noticeably lower RTP than in a non jackpot slot . In some jackpot slots the jackpot continues to grow until it is won and in others there is a time or value before which it must drop. We’ve included some of the best jackpot slots of all time as well as some more recent releases. To find out more, read our comprehensive guide to progressive jackpots.
Mega Moolah by Microgaming is probably the most famous jackpot slot in the world and one of the oldest online. Despite its age the animated cartoon graphics, themed on wild animals, are still fun.
Mega Moolah has 25 paylines and even in the base game, there’s the possibility of sizeable wins thanks to the 2x wild lion symbol and the high weighting of 5 of a kind in the paytable. There’s also a bonus round of 15 free spins triggered by 3 or more scatters.
Mega Moolah can be played at bet sizes from 25p to £6.25 and has RTP of 88.12%.
* New players only, min deposit £10, £8 max win per 10 spins, max bonus conversion £250, 65x wagering requirements and full T&Cs apply
Mega Fortune by Net Ent is an iconic jackpot slot second only to Mega Moolah in terms of the biggest recorded win; in fact, it held the record for a couple of years prior to 2015 when it was just pipped to the post by the Microgaming progressive. Most wins are considerably smaller but few are less than a million euros.
Mega Fortune, which is themed on fast cars, jewellery, champagne and the other trappings of wealth, has 25 paylines and a bonus game consisting of concentric wheels. Players spin the outermost wheel to determine whether they will receive a cash payout or progress to the next wheel in; to collect the jackpot they must progress all the way to the centre. The free spins bonus round has a variable multiplier.
Mega Fortune can be played from 20p a spin and has RTP of 96.6% including the jackpot.
* First Deposit Only. Min. deposit: £10, max. Bonus £20. WR of 30x Deposit Plus Bonus amount (only Slots count) within 30 days. Max bet is 10% (min £0.10) of the Bonus amount or £5 (lowest amount applies). First Deposit/Welcome Bonus can only be claimed once every 72 hours across all Casinos. Bonus Policy applies.
TED Jackpot King by Blueprint Gaming brings everyone’s favourite naughty teddy bear into the very popular Jackpot King progressive jackpot system. Jackpot King is an operator specific jackpot and can be much larger at some sites than others, in some places a mere 6 figures and in others exceeding £2 million. The Jackpot King bonus game can be triggered on any spin and apart from that the game is the same old TED we know and love, with its 6 bonus features and 5 bonus rounds.
TED Jackpot King has RTP of 93.02% excluding the jackpot contribution and can be played from 10p a spin.
* 18+. New players only. Min £10 deposit & wager. £40 Bonus valid on Bingo only. 4x wag req. 14 days to meet wagering req. Offer expires in 14 days. T&Cs apply. Please play responsibly
Pirates’ Plenty Battle For Gold by Red Tiger is the 2019 sequel to the prevous year’s Pirates’ Plenty The Sunken Treasure. As with all of Red Tiger’s games the jackpot arrangements and jackpot size vary from operator to operator. There may be more than one daily jackpot, or a grand jackpot that isn’t bounded by time or value. With these games, though, it’s really, all about the daily jackpots and the busier the operator, the bigger they get.
Like its predecessor, Pirates Plenty Battle For Gold has an extra play area, the Wild Island Row, which starts off locked: collect 50 map symbols (expect this to takes thousands of spins) to unlock it for all future play at the same stake level, upping the paylines from 20 to 30. There’s a free spins bonus round with extra wilds and another bonus feature, the Wild Monkey symbol which steals all the low paying symbols and triggers a respin with just the high paying symbols, but neither seem common.
Pirates Plenty Battle For Gold has RTP of 95.67% including the jackpot. It can be played from 20p a spin.
* Offer open to new customers using promo code ARCFS1 when registering. No wagering required on free spins. Free spins available for 7 days after qualifying. Full T&C's apply.
Megajackpots Ocean Belles is the latest release in the series of MegaJackpot games by IGT. The progressive jackpot is seeded at £500,000 and typically drops before it reaches a million.
The game is themed on 50s pin-up girls on a cruise ship and has a massive 75 paylines. As well as a free spins bonus round with a choice of three combinations of free spins and wild reels, it has a feature whereby kiss symbols can be collected under the reels. Collect two kiss symbols to turn the reel wild for the next two spins. Collect five golden kiss symbols to win the jackpot.
Megajackpots Ocean Belles has RTP of 89% (excluding the jackpot contribution) and can be played from 75p a spin.
* New cutomer must deposit and spend £10 on bingo within 60 days. £30 bingo bonus (1x wagering) £20 slot bonus on Reel King Mega (4x wagering) and £10 of club vouchers. T&C apply.
Jewel Scarabs is a new addition to Red Tiger’s Daily Jackpots series of slots. It has an Ancient Egyptian theme and is played on a 3×5 array with 9 paylines.
The most important symbol in the game is the jewel scarab itself. These function as both roaming wilds and scatters. In the base game, any scarab that forms part of a win stays on the reels for the next spin, flying to a new position in a beautifully done animation. Three scarabs anywhere on the reels trigger the free spins bonus round; they then stay on the reels for the duration of the free spins. During the bonus round, each scarab has a multiplier that increases by one each time it is part of a win and when more than one scarab is included in a win, their multipliers stack.
Jewel Scarabs has RTP of 95.72% (including the jackpot) and can be played from 10p a spin.
Mars Attacks! is a Jackpot King progressive jackpot slot by Blueprint Gaming, themed on the 1996 spoof science fiction film. In the tradition of Blueprint’s other comedy film themed slot Ted it has 5 different bonus rounds and 5 randomly Mars Attacks modifiers that can appear on any spin – so plenty to discover and enjoy.
The bonus rounds of Mars Attacks! are nice and varied – two are pick-mes, two are free spins with an extra wild feature and the top bonus round is enhanced free spins. Perhaps the most interesting of the modifiers is Mega Shrink Ray: this shrinks the reels to accommodate 5 symbols rather than three and they are then scored as 3125 ways to win rather than on the usual 20 paylines.
Mars Attacks! can be played from just 10p a spin and the Big Money boost in the bonus rounds can pay up to 1000x bet.
* 18+. New customers only. Certain countries only. Min deposit and spend £10 cash on any Jackpot King game = £40 bonus. x20 wagering reqs apply. Bonus valid for 7 days. Selected games only. T&Cs apply.
Ascot Sporting Legends is the latest release in Playtech’s Sporting Legends suite of progressive jackpot games. The theming of this 5 reel, 25 line slot is based on that jewel of the British sporting and social calendar, Royal Ascot, and the symbols include some impeccably dressed racegoers. The game features bronze, silver and gold Ascot Cup wilds; bronze are regular wilds, silvers expand to fill the reel they are on and gold expand to fill the reel they are on and apply a 2x multiplier. There’s also a free spins bonus round with extra wilds.
As well as the Sporting Legends Mega Jackpot, must-drop weekly and daily progressive jackpots are attached to these games. The jackpot game can be randomly triggered on any spin (the higher the stake, the better the chance) and entering it guarantees a win of one of the jackpots. Ascot Sporting Legends has RTP ranging from 93.27% to 94.96%.
* New customers in UK/Ire only. Min buy-in £20, max buy-in £200. 40x wagering requirement on Casino Promotional Balance. Game weighting applies. 100 free spins triggered after bonus used/wagering requirement completed. Full T&Cs apply.
Fluffy In Space is Eyecon’s latest sequel to the hugely popular Fluffy Favourites. Like its predecessors it has 25 paylines but in other ways it is a bit different – and not just because the cuddly toys are wearing space helmets, boots etc. The pink elephants are present and they still twerk, but there’s a different wild symbol. Three or more elephants anywhere on the reels trigger the Fluffy In Space feature; 3 respins take place with the elephants sticky and whenever another elephant shows up the number of respins is reset to 3 again. The respins themselves do not pay anything out, but at the end of the feature each elephant turns round to reveal a multiplier which is applied to the original stake.
Fluffy In Space also has a free spins bonus round which is triggered by three or more Planet scatters; it is only 6 free spins but can be retriggered multiple times. This game is bound to appeal to any fan of the other Fluffy games and the Fluffy In Space feature adds a new dimension to an old favourite.
Fluffy In Space comes in a progressive jackpot version as well as in a regular version; the regular version has RTP of 96.355% and the jackpot version (which has mega, maxi and mini jackpots) has RTP of 90.16% excluding the jackpot. In both cases the minimum spin value is 25p.
* First depositors only. Bonus is non withdrawable. All winnings paid as cash. Deposit & spend £5 on Bingo get £15 online & £10 retail Bingo bonus. Any stakes on Bingo Millions variants do not count towards welcome bonus. Bonus spins can only be used online on Kingdoms Rise slot games at Buzzbingo.com. 1 spin = 10p (10 lines x 1p). Jackpot cannot be won when using free spins. Retail £10 for main session only. T&Cs apply.
Mercy Of The Gods is a progressive jackpot slot by Net Ent with a minor, major and mega jackpot (not on the scale of Mega Fortune though). It is a high variance game with an ancient Egyptian theme, played on a regular 5×3 array with 20 win lines.
As well as a free spins bonus rouns, Mercy of the Gods has the Gift of Life Re-Spins feature triggered by any wild. All wild symbols move down the play area one reel at a time until they reach the bottom. It can be reactivated if more wilds appear and if adjacent to an exsiting wild they spread to cover the whole reel. (Wilds are pretty rare though).
During the bonus round, all wilds expand to cover the reel and activate Gift of Life Re-Spins. Mercy of the Gods can be played from 20p a spin and has RTP of 96.64% (including the jackpot).
* New players only. 100% bonus on first deposit up to £100 plus 20 free spins. Free spins are credited 24hrs after first deposit as peachy coins which are redeemable in the fruit shop as free spins. Min first deposit £25. Max bonus £100. Max bonus bet £5. Max bonus cash-out £500. Wagering requirement of 40x to cash out. Game restrictions apply. Further terms apply.
Jackpot slots have become more and more prevalent and popular in recent years thanks to the release of Jackpot King by Blueprint and Daily Jackpot games by Red Tiger.
Perhaps the best known progressive jackpot slot is Mega Moolah by Microgaming. Mega Moolah is the name of both the venerable slot game itself (it’s over 10 years old) and of the wide area progressive jackpot that covers a few other slots as well (today all these are Mega Moolah sequels but other games have previously been included). The Mega Moolah jackpot seeds at £1 million and the AVERAGE win is over £4 million. Mega Moolah is also responsible for the biggest online slots payout in history of 18,915,872.81 euros, in September 2018, but perhaps because that player chose to remain anonymous a previous winner, Jon Heywood, is still the official Guinness world record holder with a slightly smaller win of £13.2 million (at that time worth 17.8 million euros).
Mega Fortune by NetEnt is another progressive monster. Despite being seeded at a mere 250,000 euros, its average win is over 4 million euros and its biggest win only slightly behind the two Mega Moolah wins discussed above.
The problem that can put players off both of these progressives (apart from the fact that, as with all progressive jackpot slots, a significant chunk of the Return To Player is tied up in the jackpot) is twofold:
Jackpot King addresses the first problem by being specific to one operator or group of skins, so that players know they are playing at the “right” casino – the one the jackpot is eventually bound to be won at. For example, the Jackpot King at Paddy Power and Betfair is pooled because they are the same operator, but the Jackpot King at William Hill is different and separate. Yet another Jackpot King covers all Nektan casinos. The size of the main jackpot therefore varies dramatically depending on how it has been in place and how busy that casino is – e.g. £500K at one site and £2.5 million at another. As time goes on, more and more slot games are being added to Jackpot King – some new, and some Jackpot King versions of previously released popular games such as TED – and more and more casinos (and bingo sites) have Jackpot King progressives.
What Jackpot King definitely does NOT address is the second problem – the main jackpot drops extremely infrequently, with an interval of months or years between drops. True, it has a couple of smaller jackpots that drop relatively often, but so have Mega Moolah and Mega Fortune. And here’s where Red Tiger come into the game!
The Red Tiger daily jackpots are MUCH smaller than any of the previously discussed jackpots (a 4 or occasionally 5 figure sum) but not only are they operator specific like Jackpot King, the jackpot MUST drop before the end of the day each and every day. Some sites even have a version with TWO daily jackpots; at Virgin Games, for instance, the early drop has a cut-off time of 8pm and the late drop of midnight. One only need visit a site such as Paddy Power and witness the breakneck speed at which the jackpot ticks upwards to see just how popular these jackpot slots are and how much players enjoy knowing that the jackpot they are playing for, will be won at that site before the end of the day.
Somewhere in between are the Eyecon jackpots, each of which runs across several Eyecon slot games. Eyecon mega jackpots are a mere 5 figure sum which means they drop relatively often (not as often as Red Tiger dailies though!) Playtech have also got in on the action with the Kingdoms Rise slots and the Sporting Legends series which have a daily jackpot and a value limited jackpot as well as a sizeable progressive.
We’d hazard a guess that what people like most about time limited (and value limited) progressive jackpot slots is the excitement of playing when the time is nearly up or the value nearly reached but the jackpot hasn’t dropped yet. Please gamble responsibly – it’s very easy to get carried away at such a time and spend more than you intended to.
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