Online Casino Produced The Two Biggest Of The Five Million-Dollar Jackpots In NJ In 2021

Total number of seven-figure prizes added up to one more than Garden State gamblers won in 2020
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After only one $1 million casino game jackpot hit in New Jersey in the first eight months of 2021, another one came along in each of the last four months of the year.

Ultimately, the two biggest of the year’s five seven-figure jackpots were the final two — and both were won via online casino play on BorgataCasino.com.

Tops for the year was the $3.5 million paid out on an MGM Grand Millions 5-reel, “all ways” slot machine on Nov. 16, followed by the $2.2 million won on Bison Fury on Dec. 6.

The first of the year’s five million-dollar-plus jackpots was also an online spin, on 888’s mobile casino on Jan. 2 when a Millionaire Genie win paid $1.2 million.

The other two seven-figure scores came in person in Atlantic City. A visitor to Resorts Casino on Sept. 19 rung up $1.6 million on just a $1 play on a Wheel of Fortune Pink Diamond machine. That score was followed by an even $1 million won at Harrah’s playing Game King Multi Poker on Oct. 11.

There were two other prizes of at least a half-million, and both were won online: $718,000 on BorgataCasino’s MGM Grand Millions The Big One Colossal Cash game; and $547,000 that went to a lucky player on a Megajackpots Wheel of Fortune On Air online slot.

The luckiest month was …

June proved to be a runaway winner as “luckiest month” in New Jersey in 2021, with 51 of the 271 six-figure payouts for the entire year coming in just that 30-day span. The 10 payouts of $200,000 or more also were four more than in any other month.

The luckiest day — in terms of the most $50,000 jackpots — was June 26, with 29 of those. Six that day were for six figures on BetfairCasino.com, with a seventh taking place at the Borgata.

September — with 33 six-figure winners and four more of $200,000-plus — was next best, with August right behind at 32 and three, respectively.

While February produced just 13 six-figure winners, six of them cleared the $200,000 mark. The stingiest month of casino jackpot winnings came in December, with only 11 six-figure celebrations (three of those for at least $200,000).

For those who would be willing to settle for the vicarious thrill of witnessing a huge celebration on a casino floor, the reality is that all but six of the 51 payouts of $200,000 or more took place online — presumably, in the majority of cases, at home and behind closed doors.

In addition to the million-dollar scores noted above at Resorts and Harrah’s, there were two $200,000 prizes at Resorts on the Boardwalk and two at Borgata. The Borgata big wins were $216,000 on Dec. 3 by a Triple Double Diamond slots player and $215,000 won on March 21 by a gambler on a traditional Wheel of Fortune machine. The other two big prizes at Resorts were each for $200,000, on June 11 and Sept. 11, on the same game: Double Double Bonus Poker.

Blackjack and ‘penny slots’ reviews

There were two pairs of days for blackjack players to strike it particularly rich in 2021. The online Betfair Casino paid out 17 prizes of $50,000 to $100,000 to multi-hand blackjack players on Jan. 2 and then followed up with 23 jackpots of up to $120,000 a day later.

On March 8, DraftKings Casino multi-hand blackjack players cashed 13 jackpots from $51,000 to $63,000. The next day, it was 49 jackpots — defined by the state New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement as a minimum win of $50,000 — with a high of $84,000.

Meanwhile, was it possible to win as much as $100,000 on a “penny slot” machine in Atlantic City in 2021? The answer: almost. On May 15 at Harrah’s, a frugal gambler cashed $93,000 on a Code Red machine — about $1,000 more than was won at the same casino on a Mercy of the God’s Touch slot machine on July 17.

There were five six-figure winners who placed just a dime on a spin — all of them at Borgata, and two of them on the popular  Piggy Bankin’ game. The other games to produce one bonanza each were Flower of Riches on Aug. 7 — with a $180,000 prize that led this category — plus Double Blessings and Dancing Drums.

Willing and able to risk $1 a spin? On nine occasions in 2021, that produced a $100,000 or more payout. The big ones were the aforementioned $1.6 million at Resorts on Sept. 19, followed by $388,000 claimed at Harrah’s on Sept. 10.

The only $1-a-spin game to produce two such prizes last year was Triple Play Joker Poker.

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