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There’s no guarantee when it comes to progressive jackpot slots, but there are ways to give yourself the best chance to win a progressive jackpot. Here are some of the top tips to up your odds – and remember to practice Responsible Gaming.

What Is A Progressive Jackpot, And Where Can You Find Them?

Every time a player bets on a progressive jackpot slot, they contribute a small portion to the jackpot. This pool of money continuously builds as people play until one player randomly triggers it. Then the progressive jackpot starts at its minimum denomination, and players begin contributing to it once again.

Almost all online casinos offer progressive jackpots. Some of the biggest and best are offered by:

And the two most popular progressive jackpots at US online casinos are Divine Fortune and Mercy of the Gods.

Know How To Trigger The Progressive Jackpot

Each progressive slot has its own setup. And while all progressives are won by random luck, you have to make sure you’re eligible to trigger the jackpot. Usually, you can’t just bet a nickel per spin for a chance at the progressive.

For example, “The Big One” progressive jackpot at BetMGM is shared across multiple games. To qualify for the progressive, a player must wager at least $1.35 per spin. So if you were playing a 15-line slot, you’d need to value each line by $0.09 to meet the minimum qualifications.

You can find out how to qualify for the progressive jackpot in the “info” section of the slot.

Play When The Jackpot “Must Hit”

In some cases, a slot can have a maximum progressive jackpot size. This information is difficult to find, and a lot of what’s online is unreliable.

However, there is a little trick you can employ to best predict when a jackpot will hit: look up previous winners. You’ll often notice that the payouts are fairly consistent across the board.

For example, the Divine Fortune jackpot paid out $314,341 at Betfair, $306,051 at Golden Nugget, and $287,945 at SugarHouse. If you see Divine Fortune hovering around $300,000, it’s likely about to pay out one of its biggest prizes.

Lower Jackpots Are More Likely To Hit

The more people who play the lottery, the less likely you are to win. The same is true for a progressive jackpot. Of course, the bigger the jackpot, the more people who want to play. And that’s totally valid. Even the lower jackpots are long-shot targets, so why not go for the biggest?

However, the lower jackpots are more likely to win. While it may seem slightly when we’re dealing with such small chances, a $50,000 jackpot could be hundreds of times more likely to win than a $300,000 jackpot.

See If It’s Part Of A Progressive Jackpot Network

As mentioned above, “The Big One” at BetMGM is part of a progressive jackpot network across multiple slots. Golden Nugget also has the “Mega Drop” progressive network and the “Super Pot” progressive network. The benefit here is that you have your choice of multiple games to win the same jackpot. Things to consider when deciding between different slots include RTP percentage (odds), theme and setup, and bonus features.

Win A Progressive Jackpot With Bonus Money

Playing slots is almost always the easiest way to satisfy playthrough requirements. This is especially true for an online casino deposit-match welcome bonus. In fact, some deposit-match bonuses only apply to slots play, and all other games are ineligible.

So if you’re looking to win a progressive jackpot, utilize as much bonus money as you have available to you. Just remember to play responsibly, especially when progressive jackpot slots usually offer pretty subpar odds compared to table games. That means never betting above budget and setting strict time limits.

In every state with legal online casinos, there’s no law against joining every app and taking advantage of all the bonus offers. If you only play blackjack, this isn’t the best strategy, as blackjack’s contribution rate to playthrough requirements is usually outrageous. But if you’re only playing slots, few strategies are better than playing with as much of the house’s money as possible.

About the Author
Mike Epifani

Mike Epifani

Casino Content Manager
Mike Epifani is a gambling expert and professional writer. His current role is Brand Content Manager at, part of the Catena Media network. Mike spoke on the affiliate marketing panel at G2E 2022 in Las Vegas and won "Casino Affiliate of the Year" at the 2022 SBC Awards North America in NYC.

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