One lucky NJ online gambler had the session of a lifetime recently when she hit a $197,139 progressive jackpot playing popular slot Wonderland on Tropicana Casino. The six-figure score is the biggest on record for Garden State Internet casinos this year.
Winning Big before Breakfast
After getting ready for work on the morning of June 25, Phillipsburg resident Kim S. Decided to log into her Tropicana account and play a bit before it was time to head out. Just when she was about to wrap up her session, she noticed that the progressive for the Wonderland slot had increased to nearly $200,000.
The chance of banking a huge win was enticing, and led Kim to give it a shot before logging out and starting her day. “During my 15 minutes or so of playing Wonderland I got the Rose Garden Bonus and only completed painting about 5 Roses before the Queen popped up,” she told the Tropicana Casino blog. “Then I got it again. I was clicking my laptop buttons and completed 5, 6 and 7. All of a sudden they were all completed… jackpot! I sat there in total shock, thinking, this can’t be. No way!”
Kim was stunned and described nearly having a panic attack before giving her husband the good news. “I grabbed my laptop and ran upstairs to my husband…repeating, ‘Oh my god!,’” she said. “He was half asleep. He thought something was wrong. I couldn’t get the words out. I finally put my laptop on the bed and just told him to look. He was in shock. He watched as dollars were added to my balance in $5,000 increments. I couldn’t contain my excitement. I jumped up and started doing my little happy dance.”
There wasn’t much time to celebrate, though, as Kim dutifully headed to work at 5 AM that day. “We did celebrate later on, but there was work that needed to get done,” she added.
Kim and her husband are frequent patrons of Tropicana’s brick-and-mortar casino in Atlantic City, but don’t visit as often as they’d like due to their busy schedules. Needless to say, the Tropicana online platform provides the perfect way for the pair to play their favorite games without needing to drive all the way to the casino.
More on the Wonderland Progressive Slot
Wonderland is a 5-reel, 100-line slot created by West Pier Studio for GameSys, and is only available at Tropicana Casino and Virgin Casino. The game is, of course, based on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland and features a slick and modern design. The slot’s high-value symbols include Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit, amongst others. The Cupcake symbol serves as the Wild while the Potion symbol acts as the Scatter.
Hitting the Jackpot
To win the progressive, players must first hit three Scatter symbols, which trigger one of four bonus games. In Kim’s case, her spin activated the Painting the Roses Bonus Game, in which players try and paint all of the Roses red before the Queen appears. When that happens, the progressive jackpot is awarded. Players can also unlock the jackpot through the Croquet Bonus Game, Mad Tea Party Bonus Game and the Queen’s Court Bonus Game.
Last year, the slot was responsible for some of the biggest wins in NJ, including payouts of $149,022, $85,191 and $66,295.
NJ Jackpot Slots Are Paying out Millions
Atlantic City’s brick-and-mortar and online casinos have paid out upwards of $8,223,360 this year in recorded jackpots over $75,000, according to the Division of Gaming Enforcement. Kim’s Tropicana progressive score is the biggest online jackpot win so far in 2017.
Other Internet jackpots scores this year include the following:
- Borgata Casino: $102,248 via Raging Rhino on July 15
- Borgata Casino: $75,000 via 88 Fortunes on July 10
- Borgata Casino: $160,000 via Game King Bonus Poker on May 26
- Borgata Casino: $80,000 via Game King Bonus Poker on May 23
- Borgata Casino: $160,000 via Game King Bonus Poker on May 23
- Golden Nugget Casino: $119,627 via Divine Fortune on May 18
- Betfair Casino: $137,499 via Angel’s Touch on May 11
- Borgata Casino: $103,240 via Loot’EnKhamun on February 5