Progressive Jackpots

As well as providing us with hours of entertainment value, online casinos also give you a shot of winning some serious money. We're not just talking in terms of thousands or tens of thousands here, but in terms of hundreds of thousands and even millions. That's right - lottery-sized jackpots are up for grabs at many online casinos that offer progressive jackpot games, and if you play one of these then any spin of the reels or flops of the cards could make you rich for life.

Progressive jackpots all work on the same basic principle: The jackpot starts at a default level and then grows every time somebody plays the game. Then, when someone eventually wins, they get the whole amount. In real life progressive jackpot machines of the same type can be linked together and have one shared jackpot. This makes it possible for the jackpot to grow faster than if each machine had its own jackpot. The same idea is employed online, but in this case a lot more casinos and machines can be linked together so that progressive jackpots can soar to dizzying heights in a matter of days or weeks rather than months or years.

To give you some idea of just how much progressive jackpots can be worth, let us tell you that an Intercasino player from London, England, won $1.77 million by playing Millionaires Club progressive slot machine in December 2006. Then, just five months later in May 2007, another Intercasino player won a staggering $8 million by playing the same Millionaires Club machine.

Now we're not saying that progressive jackpot payouts will always make you a millionaire, but they will certainly make you a heck of a lot richer if you are lucky enough to win one. Because of this, it is well worth looking around for progressive jackpot versions of your favourite games, as this will give you a shot at the big time as well over and above the regular game payouts.

Our last word on progressive jackpots is an advisory one, and that is to check the terms and conditions of the jackpot before you play. Some progressive jackpots only pay the full amount to a winning player who bets with the maximum number of coins or maximum stake, and if this is the case you would do well to find out sooner rather than later!

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