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What is a Progressive Jackpot Slot?

Everyone would love to win a jackpot, right? But what is the exact meaning of a Progressive Jackpot and how does it differ from a regular one? Well, Progressive Jackpots have THE BIGGEST payouts of all the jackpots out there. Regular jackpots will be set at a specific amount which stays the same throughout the game whereas Progressive versions are not fixed at all and the amount will continue to increase as more players join the game.

All of PlayOJO’s online casino jackpots are exclusively found in OJO’s colourful and exciting selection of slot games where you’ll find 25 jackpot games in total. Of these 25 games, 12 are of the very popular Progressive variety!

Online casinos are not the only places you can find life-changing prize pools on offer, they can also be found in land-based casinos, within poker tournaments, lotteries, bingo and even video games such as Candy Crush. Everyone’s in it to win the big one!

How do Progressive Jackpots Work?

When you play to win the big Progressive Jackpots online, there are often a group of casino games that are linked to the same prize pool. This means that the larger number of players playing on each different game will contribute to the kitty, increasing the jackpot amount faster.

This goes for shared casino jackpots too – there can be a group of casinos that are sharing the same progressive  jackpot through one or more game. You can see this demonstrated in the diagram below.

The reason they’re called “Progressive Jackpots” is because they keep on growing until someone gets that highly sought-after winning combination. And these prize pools really do grow very quickly; that’s the appeal of Progressive Jackpot wins – everyone is hoping to land the huge windfall. The  competition is high but so are the rewards that may follow! Random Number Generators ensure that you always have a fair chance of striking lucky when you’re trying to win the jackpot.

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The Top 7 Progressive Jackpot Slots out there

So you want to win big, do you? Let’s face it, who doesn’t? Luckily for you, the choice of both regular and Progressive Jackpot Slot games available include some very entertaining game-play so the road to a possible fortune will certainly be a fun one!

There’s always money to be won at the casino, however some winning sums have more zeros are on the end of them than others. An epic jackpot slot selection offers the huge amount of hopeful jackpot players in the UK an amazing variety of games to try their luck on, either online or offline.

There is something for everyone, including incentives of bonus rounds and bonus spins as attractive incentives in your quest to win the jackpot.

One of the most popular jackpot slots at PlayOJO is Wish Upon A Jackpot Slot – the clue is in the name and you could potentially win up to 1,000 times your stake if the Fairy Godmother decides to make your cash wishes come true.

But if the big-time bucks are what your heart is set on and nothing else will do, here are the most awesome of online Progressive Jackpot slots out there:

PlayOJO proudly host 12 of the largest Progressive Jackpot slots that are available to players. Take a trip to the impressive slots lounge at PlayOJO and you’ll find, in no particular order: Mega Moolah, Mega Moolah ISIS, Arabian Nights, Cash Splash, Fruit Fiesta, Hall Of Gods, King Cashalot, Lots A Loot, Major Millions, Mega Fortune, Tunzamunni and Wow Pot.

There is a Progressive Jackpot slot to suit every taste, whether you want to get wild with the animals in Mega Moolah, have a medieval Arabian adventure with Arabian Nights or get your Vitamin C fix with Fruit Fiesta – the choice is all yours!


Winning a Progressive Jackpot can be life-changing stuff. Life’s great possibilities suddenly can become realities as the prospect of a slog-free lifestyle are made possible in the one lucky moment – the moment that you win the jackpot. You might think, “oh no, that would never be me, I never win anything”. As the saying goes ‘you’ve got to be in it, to win it’ and the lucky winner is always as unassuming as the next.

Here are the top 5 biggest jackpot wins to date:

5. $9.2 million on Mega Moolah Slot

There’s a reason why players love this Microgaming slot and it goes beyond it’s mega fun animal theme. This very popular slot, often referred to as “The Millionaire Maker” has massive payouts and this was certainly the case for its largest-ever mobile payout of over $9.22 million. The player, who preferred to be kept anonymous, was placing bets of $7.2 per spin when the jackpot dropped for them. That’s quite a return on investment.

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4.  $9.57 million on Mega Fortune Slot

Mega Fortune from Netent Gaming has been the answer to many wins over the years, but the biggest jackpot winner for this game was Alexander from Sweden on 28th November 2015. The $9.57 win gave Alexander and his wife quite the surprise, letting him pay off his mortgage in one fair swoop. There was of course still plenty of cash to go around for some extravagancies.

3.  €11,736,375 on Mega Fortune Slot

Mega Fortune has certainly kept true to its name. The 2nd in the top 5 biggest online jackpot wins was a lucky winner from Norway on 24th September 2011 who decided to play a few games when he couldn’t sleep one night. At the time, the slot actually set the Guinness World Record for the largest ever jackpot payout. Not bad for a night’s work!

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2. £13.2 million on Mega Moolah Slot

The next title of jackpot giant winner goes to the very lucky Jonathan Heywood from Cheshire in the UK. The British soldier hit the record-breaking jackpot win on 6th October 2015 whilst he was playing at 25p per spin. Another big payout for Microgaming’s Mega Moolah and a very happily ever after for Mr Heywood, who planned to spend most of his big win on helping to treat his sick father. There’s no better cause than that.

1. €17,861,800 on Mega Fortune Slot

It was certainly a dream come true for the biggest jackpot winner to date. The lucky 40 something year old man from Finland won the mega jackpot on 20th January 2013 on none other than Netent’s Mega Fortune slot after he placed a 25-cent bet! The win, as they all do, came as a massive shock to the slot player, who expressed that he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when the jackpot dropped. Seriously life-changing stuff right there for yet another ecstatic Netent player.

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The History of Progressive Jackpot Slots UK

Unbelievably so, the history of today’s much-loved Progressive Jackpot Slots in the UK traces all the way back to the 1800’s when the first ever slot machine was developed by Brooklyn-based company, Sittman and Pitt in 1891.

Based on Poker, the machine could be found in many bars around town and was made up of drums with 50 playing cards and cost only 1 nickel to play. Cards could be removed or rearranged to alter the odds or increase the house edge.  The machine didn’t pay out any wins itself – you had to go and collect winnings from the bar, where you could also choose to instead claim your winnings in beer or cigars!

Often referred to as the inventor of the first slot machine, Charles Fey created the first machine that actually allowed automatic payouts. To achieve this, he simplified the machine’s method of reading a win by replacing the original 5 drums with 3-reels and replacing the playing cards with 5 symbols.

These symbols were: heart, diamond, spade, horseshoe and a liberty bell. No big surprise that the machine was famously named “The Liberty Bell”, the highest payout comprising of 3 bell symbols. It became hugely popular and was copied and re-manufactured by many other slot machine companies.

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The first electromechanical slot machine was developed by Bally in 1963. Named “Money Honey”, it was the first slot machine with a bottomless hopper and an automatic payout of up to 500 coins without the help of an attendant.

Although the reels were operated completely electrically, the game was still started by pulling a lever, which some say gave players a certain sense that they were in control of their game. It proved to be a very popular game and eventually the lever was removed from all new slots.

The first true video slot was developed by Las Vegas based company, Fortune Coin in 1976 and was showcased for the first time in the Las Vegas Hilton hotel. It gained massive popularity on the Vegas strip once it got full approval from the Nevada State gaming Commission and in 1978, Fortune Coin was bought by none other than IGT Gaming. The “slot machine boom” took off in 1979 and within 2 years IGT were producing games that offered RNGs (random number generators) and then came Progressive Jackpot slots! Find out more on how slot machines work in this great OJO online guide here!

It wasn’t until the end of the 1990’s that online casinos really started to take off and now millions of people worldwide enjoy the luxury of playing for that slot machine jackpot from the comfort of their own homes. The UK online casino industry continues to grow at a fast rate and today there are over 100 developers of online slot games, with a history of many big jackpot wins throughout the nation.

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What are Non-Progressive Jackpots?

If Progressive Jackpot slots are where all the big bucks are, then why bother with anything else? This may be a question on many a mind.  Well, we should start with a non-progressive jackpot definition – it is simply a jackpot that has a fixed amount and which will never change no matter how many times it’s hit.

Differently to the progressive alternative, it does not build over time but are still large prize pots that no-one would shake their head at. So why wouldn’t you just go with the Progressive Jackpot slot option that pays more to the lucky winner in the end?

Well the answer is fairly simple and concerns the odds of winning. You are much more likely to win a non-progressive jackpot slot than you are a progressive one. The jackpot might not be as life-changing as a progressive pot, but you will have a higher chance of winning it. It’s a tough call!

How to boost your Chances of winning a Progressive Jackpot?

Before you start picturing how your life would look if you were a jackpot giant winner, you’d be best to look at what factors would be increasing the chances of winning a progressive jackpot and in fact, is there a Progressive jackpot (slots) winning strategy?

Let’s be realistic here – it’s impossible to totally predict when a progressive jackpot is going to drop, unless you are a psychic perhaps. If a jackpot prediction was that easy to come by, people would be winning them left, right and center and the winning amounts would certainly not be much to write home about.

That being said, there are some useful tips that you can take into consideration in your quest to win the much sought-after Progressive prize pot.


Anyone who is hell-bent on winning a progressive prize pool should really consider playing jackpot slots that haven’t dropped for a while (i.e. are overdue). Top progressive jackpots accumulate over time and the more people that play on them, the higher the jackpot amount will be.

Therefore, when you’re scouring the games lobby to decide which jackpot slot to play, go for the ones with the biggest progressive jackpot amount and those that are way higher than all the rest.

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You’ll be surprised to learn how easy it is to locate facts and figures of all your favourite progressive jackpot games. There are online sites that give the amounts won on specific slots as well as the corresponding dates of exactly when they dropped. Once you have this information you can start to put in place a jackpot winning strategy by looking at patterns of wins. You’ll also be able to keep an eye on the average figures so that when a game exceeds this number, you’ll know that it’s good time to jump in and start playing.

If you need a further helping hand, OJO’s got your back. Here’s a quick guide on playing online slots!


When going for the big jackpot, it’s always useful to have account-boosting rewards coming in so that your money goes further. PlayOJO rewards their players on a regular basis. From Bonus Spins to Cash Rewards*, there is always something to cash-in on that will make your money go that much further. Rewards and deals can all be found in your Kickers and Rewards sections on the left menu bar.

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Imagine winning the biggest jackpot in history. The champagne is flowing and you’ve already called your boss to tell them that it’s over. But oh dear, there’s a spanner in the works – the casino where you had the big win has limited monthly withdrawal limits in place and it will be yonks before you ever feel the effects of the good-life you had dreamed of.

The lesson here? To play at casinos that have no cash-out limits. Hard to come by, we know but that’s one of PlayOJO’s HUGE advantages.  With no wagering requirements in place and all wins paid in cash and with no restrictions, when you do win a Progressive Jackpot at PlayOJO, the money is yours to withdraw when you want it! So you can put the order in for that dream yacht after all.

As if things couldn’t get any better, if you do manage to hit the big one, you will still get money back on every spin with OJOplus including progressive jackpot play!

Just a few of OJO’s Jackpot Winners this Year…

PlayOJO is always handing out wins, whether it’s a brand-new Mini Cooper or VIP tickets to the summer tennis championships. The year of 2018 has handed out some big wins and made for many happy OJOers.

How often do progressive jackpots hit, you ask? Here are just a few of OJO’s jackpot winners from the year so far:

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Don’t worry if you haven’t landed one yet. The year’s not over yet and there are plenty of jackpots still up for grabs! Need a little convincing? Here is a nice winner story from your fellow OJOer and another Divine Fortune winner.

So the big question: If you were a PlayOJO jackpot winner, what would you do with the cash? We asked our OJOers this very question and the results didn’t really surprise us.

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A roof over the head showed the highest percentage of answers at 40%, followed by 30% that would go on a smack-up holiday. Only 21% would use it to treat their loved ones, but we’re supposing their loved ones would be joining them on holiday and sharing that house they just bought! Paying off debts doesn’t seem as important to many as the fun things in life, with only 9% of OJOers behind this answer. We guess life is for living, after all!

Whichever way your cookie crumbles, OJO always encourages its players to play responsibly at all times and to be aware of possible jackpot-related addiction.

Progressive Jackpot FAQs

1. When did the first online Progressive Jackpot slots come about?

The first online Progressive Jackpot slots came into action in the early 1980’s when IGT started producing games that offered RNGs (random number generators).

2. How many different types of Progressive jackpots are there?

There are 3 varieties of online progressive jackpots: The Stand-Alone Progressive Jackpot, the In-House Progressive Jackpot and the Wide Area Progressive Jackpot.

  • The Stand-Alone Progressive Jackpot is for an online slot game that is not linked to any other online slots. The progressive Jackpots in Stand Alone Progressive slots are much lower than the progressive jackpots from linked online slots.
  • The In-House Progressive Jackpot combines a group of slots that are all linked together. The prizes here are much higher than the stand-alone progressive jackpots but they aren’t the biggest out there.
  • The Wide Area Progressive Jackpots are the real life-changers! They are linked together from various different online casinos.

3. What’s the difference between a Progressive and a Non-Progressive jackpot?

Simply put, a non-progressive jackpot has a fixed amount jackpot that never changes and a progressive jackpot will continue to increase as more players join the game or games, if shared across several casinos.

4. What is the biggest ever amount won from progressive jackpots online?

The biggest win to date was €17,861,800 on Mega Fortune Slot by a on 20th January 2013 by a lucky young man from Finland.

5. How do you know when a Progressive Jackpot is about to drop?

There’s no exact way of telling when any jackpot is about to drop but you may get certain clues by finding out when it’s last big drop was, which you can find easily online.

6. Which Progressive Jackpot slots has the best odds?

As a general rule in most things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out. The same goes for jackpot wins. Progressive Jackpot slots that are played at higher denominations have betters odds overall. If you’re looking for the best odds, playing a jackpot with a lower prize but played at the highest denomination would be your best bet. But it wouldn’t necessarily give you the biggest win.

7. Can money management give me a better chance of winning big?

Applying money management techniques will not increase your chances of winning a jackpot but it will certainly ensure that you don’t overspend and lose all your money whilst you’re singly focused on how you’re going to win that jackpot.

OJO offer its players deposit limits to keep tabs of what they’re spending. There’s also the Reality Check feature which allows OJOers to keep track of their gaming sessions. The only thing worse than not winning the big one is not winning it and leaving yourself dry.

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As much as you can apply all the techniques and tips we’ve talked about here, sometimes winning that big progressive jackpot is just down to that crazy little thing called luck. It’s as simple as that and there are of course plenty of wins to be had that aren’t the biggest jackpot win.

This probably explains that when questioned why they choose to play progressive jackpot slots, 40% of OJO’s UK players answered that they simply play on the ones that they love to play and just 7% that say they would only play on progressive style slots that are about to drop.

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With this being said, 47% of OJO players would only play on Progressive Jackpot slots that have a history of big winnings, so it seems there are methods in practice in striving for the big dream.

Perhaps not as an important factor for many is the amount that is up for grabs, as only 6% said that they would only play on UK casino games where the jackpot on offer is more than £100,000.

Interesting findings from the players themselves. Don’t forget, the quest for a life-changing jackpot is not a single-lane road.

So go ahead and try your jackpot luck! Here are PlayOJO’s Best Progressive Jackpot Slots for 2019:

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Good luck you awesome OJOers!

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