The House always wins.

You probably know this saying referring to casinos. It is more than an amateur’s observation, though. The ‘House-always-wins’ rule is the long-term probability principle all gambling games are built on.

You might also have heard that payback time always comes for any of us. And casinos (both online and offline) are no exception.

So, if you are wondering whether casinos pay anything out to their customers or just obnoxiously steal all our money, here is your answer. Legitimate, licensed online casinos do pay out the promised amounts. Unauthorized websites can be rigged: you might never hit a win or, if you accidentally do, never see the winnings. The same goes for land-based gambling venues.

Every slot game has an RTP parameter (Return to Player Percentage). RTPs dictate how much a pokies casino must pay out in the long-term. For example, the Mega Moolah online slot, the major jackpot producer in the online gambling world, has an RTP of 88%. It means that 88% of all the money online gamblers spend on the game will be paid back over time.

Online slots with the biggest jackpots

The biggest jackpots come from progressive online pokies. They are the same games placed on different online platforms (or at different land-based casinos) linked to each other into a net. Progressive slots share the money pool. They accumulate all funds players spend on the game in different casinos and build one progressive jackpot.

A progressive jackpot is typically larger than a regular casino jackpot. It can reach millions of dollars because its amount increases with every dollar spent on the game across dozens of online casinos.

Some of the most popular progressive pokies online Australia are:

  1. Mega Moolah by Microgaming (Spoiler alert: it is a true record-setter of jackpot pokies online).
  2. Mega Fortune and Mega Fortune Dreams (NetEnt).
  3. Jackpot Piñatas (RealTime Gaming).
  4. Arabian Nights (NetEnt).
  5. The Dark Knight (Microgaming).
  6. Hall of Gods (NetEnt).
  7. Cash Splash (Microgaming).
  8. Treasure Nile (Microgaming).
  9. Major Millions (Microgaming).
  10. Joker Millions (Yggdrasil Gaming).

As long as you are playing licensed real money pokies from a reputable game provider at a legitimate online casino, you can be sure that nobody — neither the game developer nor the casino — knows when a progressive jackpot is due. The prize keeps on growing until one lucky spin triggers it to make somebody’s day an unforgettable one. In addition to the real-money gambling mode, some progressive slots (not all of them, though) are available for a free trial at various Australian online casinos.

The biggest online slot jackpots

Now, after you’ve got the idea of where those incredible jackpots come from and where to find them, let’s get down to stone-cold numbers and facts.

We will look at the most successful online players and their stories — those lucky devils who, against all odds, hit the biggest online jackpots. They became millionaires while playing online pokies Aus on a laptop or smartphone. Hard to believe, but true stories.

The generous Mega Moolah: a $23.6 million jackpot

We have already referred to this online pokie as a record-setter in the industry. The statement could have seemed a bit unjustified. It’s time to prove those words.

The 5-reel African-themed progressive pokie featuring 25 paylines, Free Spins, and Wild symbols has, in fact, paid out more than any other online slot.

The latest impressive payout happened in April 2021, when an online gambler from Belgium snatched $23.6 million. April 2021 wasn’t such a bad month for a Canadian resident either: Mega Moolah granted the player a generous prize of $7.5 million.

Before that, the online slot paid out $23.5 million in 2018 and $19.9 million in 2015. The latter jackpot popped up on a computer screen of a UK citizen who had placed a $0.25 bet.

The fortunate Mega Fortune: a $21 million jackpot

This NetEnt’s online slot has 5 reels with attributes of wealth spinning on them: Rolexes and finger-rings, luxurious cars, cigars, and cognac… Mega Fortune features Free Spins, Bonus rounds, Wilds, Multipliers, and a progressive jackpot. That is how the game afforded the generous one-time payouts in 2013: $13.8 million went to an online player from Norway and $21 million — to a gambler from Finland who had won with a 25-cent bet.

Other honorable mentions

Some other progressive online pokies that have proved themselves to be trustworthy and far from stingy are Arabian Nights by NetEnt (a $9.7 million jackpot), Hall of Gods by the same game developer (2 payouts of nearly $8 million), and Dark Knight by Microgaming (with its $3.3-million prize). We should point out that the jackpots from the Mega Moolah and Mega Fortune slots mentioned above are not the only cases of impressive payouts these games have made. Many more lucky gamblers have bagged prizes of up to $19 million provided by the same slots.

So, as you can see, casinos do pay out. It doesn’t happen too often, and none of them will ever prioritize players’ winnings over their own financial results (don’t you worry about their profit).

Gamble safely and responsibly, and then you might get a chance to make the jackpot winners list.