NJ Jackpot Q1 Report: Loot-EnKhamun Produces Two Big Winners


The online gaming industry in New Jersey remained robust overall during the first quarter of 2017. The state’s online operators generated a total of $59.3 million, which represented an increase of 32.1 percent from the first quarter in 2016.

In March alone, the Garden State’s online gambling sites racked up a record $21.7 million in revenue, which represented a substantial 40.2 percent increase from March 2016 figures. That was notably the highest ever monthly revenue figure since iGaming debuted in November 2013, and the first ever $20 million month.

Despite the positive industry trends, matters were a bit quieter on the individual winnings front, with only one six-figure jackpot recorded between all fourteen of the state’s online casinos.

The Big Winners – Borgata Edition

The biggest win of the first quarter of 2017 came in the form of a $103,240 payout on February 5th on BorgataCasino.com, a haul that was won in the $2.00 Loot’EnKhamun, a five-reel ancient Egyptian-themed slot machine.

It was a lucrative time for several other Borgata Online Casino customers, according to their blog, with the Loot’EnKhamun slot also responsible for the second-highest payout of the period. That jackpot unfolded on January 9th on the site’s mobile app, when Judith from Cape May Court House turned a $50 spin into a $50,060 payday.

Some of the other Borgata online winners from Q1 include:

  • Michelle from Marlton – $9 -> $16,091 via Going Nuts 0n 3/15
  • Kelly from Lumberton – $2 -> $14,892 via Jack and the Beanstalk on the mobile app on 2/11
  • Ahmet from Roselle Park – $20 -> $14,069 via Monopoly Big Event on 2/13
  • Jennifer from Elmood Park – $0.80 -> $12,500 via Wishing You Fortune on 1/26
  • Shobha from Jersey City – $10 -> $10,382 via Hoot Loot on 3/25
  • Ilya from Highland Park – $15 -> $10,880 via Highland Park on the mobile app on 2/2
  • Victoria from Toms River – $1,80 -> $10,148 via Dead or Alive on 3/7
  • Steven from Atlantic City – $10,007 via $100,000 Pyramid on 1/20

PokerStars Pays Out $100k

When PokerStars first went live in New Jersey on March 28th, 2016, they announced a $100k Spin-N-Go promotion. It took nearly a year, but on January 29th, James Piccolo, known on PokerStars as VaderWolf, won the big money. Piccolo’s brother Matthew managed to capture the excitement on video:

Biggest Winners in the B&M Casinos

While the online casino sector may have been a bit light on the fireworks in the first quarter, the brick-and-mortar casinos were a bit lighter in the coffers after paying off a number of impressive six-figure prizes. The top haul was a $200,000 jackpot at Caesar’s on February 19th on the $100 denomination Top Dollar slot. A massive $191,357.95 payout on a $1.00 denomination Triple Play Joker slot at Tropicana on March 24th was a close second, while the $25 Triple Diamond slot at Caesar’s yielded a $162,000 jackpot on February 25th.

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Juan Carlos Blanco

Juan Carlos Blanco is a Miami-based freelance writer whose work has been featured in a variety of gambling publications over the last 20 years. While he has written for clients in multiple industries, he specializes in the areas of fantasy sports and sports betting, along with legal US casino gaming.

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