The stars aligned for one very lucky Harrah’s Casino gambler last month, when a $5 spin on the Ancient Greece-themed slot Gods of Gold resulted in a hefty $687,786 payday.
The massive score is the second biggest progressive jackpot ever awarded in the history of New Jersey online gambling, coming in only behind a $1,334,641 payout in 2014 which, coincidentally, also took place at Harrah’s online.
Unlike some NJ casinos, which have reported a multitude of jackpots over $50,000 since the industry became legal in 2013, Harrah’s has only been responsible for the two mentioned above.
About Gods of Gold
Gods of Gold, a slick 5-reel slot featuring 25 fixed paylines, was produced in-house by 888 and was launched internationally several years ago. The game’s symbols are represented by a collection of both male and female gods, with a Bonus Wheel forming the Scatter. The Wild symbol is imprinted with a Lightning Bolt and has the potential to generate Sticky Wilds, or up to three re-spins with Sticky Wilds.
Hitting three or more bonus symbols on the reels will trigger a bonus round, during which players spin a wheel to determine which of five bonus games they will play, along with their multiplier reward.
At all times, players can view the amount of the progressive jackpot on a golden chest that sits frustratingly locked tight on the lower left side of the game window. In contrast to similar games, hitting the actual jackpot doesn’t require stepping through multiple hoops or entering a bonus round. The grand prize can be awarded at random after any regular spin.
Harrah’s huge stable of jackpot slots
Harrah’s Casino operates under the Caesars Interactive iGaming license and is powered by 888 software. 888 has its own branded site under the Caesars umbrella and also provides the platform for the WSOP.com online poker site.
888 has by far the biggest selection of progressive slots in the Garden State, offering up a total of 17 titles. Jackpots on both Harrah’s and 888 are linked together, and can therefore grow quite large.
Within the site, there are several jackpot networks in operation as well. Gods of Gold, which now sits at $77,357, shares a central kitty with seven other titles:
- Irish Riches
- Oktoberfest Spins
- Steampunk Nation
- Pirates Millions
- Rise of the Pharaohs
- Saved by the Bells
- Santa’s Super Slot
Players on most other NJ sites don’t have nearly the range of progressives to choose from, with some casinos offering just one or two.
2018 jackpots by the numbers
So far this year New Jersey gamblers have won $1,767,751 playing online progressives – according to data posted by the Division of Gaming Enforcement – and that’s not including smaller paydays, which are not reported.
While jackpot slots have the potential to quickly grow to eye-popping levels, large chunks of change are being won on traditional slots as well. With both progressives and non-progressives included, state gaming sites have paid out $3,402,534 in the first half of 2018.
Here are a few all-time NJ slots stats:
- 28 large progressive jackpots have been hit in industry’s history totaling $5,576,155
- Traditional and progressive slot jackpots together total $9,672,537
- Golden Nugget, Betfair and Borgata top the list in terms of progressive hits
- Large all-time traditional slot payouts total $4,096,382
Divine Fortune still the king
While hefty jackpot wins on Harrah’s progressives are somewhat of a rarity, they are anything but on the popular Divine Fortune slot, offered by several of the casino’s competitors.
Introduced in New Jersey only in 2017, Divine Fortune has quickly become the jackpot slot of choice for many online gamblers. The NetEnt-produced game seems to have hit the sweet spot in terms of payout frequency, with six-figure payouts happening relatively frequently, and smaller scores awarded with much more regularity.
Divine Fortune is responsible for 16 of the state’s 26 lifetime jackpot wins and has awarded $2,267,093 throughout its life span, around 40% of all reported progressive jackpots. This year alone, the game has paid out $1,213,830, much of it won by players on mobile devices.
Will Borgata’s Big Series ever be cut down to size?
Speaking of large jackpots, Borgata and its affiliated sites, playMGM and Party Casino host the slot network currently boasting the biggest jackpot up for grabs in the state ($2.45 million). Before you get too excited, however, consider the fact that not a soul has hit the grand prize in around three years. While the impressive size may be good for Borgata marketing, we’re starting to wonder if it will be even hit during this decade.
But the tiny likelihood of triggering the jackpot hasn’t seemed to have deterred gamblers from taking a shot at striking it rich. Since January, the top prize has grown by around $1,500 a day, fed by players with dreams of becoming an instant multimillionaire.
Of course it has to hit eventually, as the lucky winner of the Gods of Gold payout would likely be eager to explain.