Per a report entitled “Atlantic City Jackpots $75,000 and Over,” which is released monthly by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE), the Garden State’s online casino industry has become fertile ground for five-figure payouts and beyond.
The report revealed that New Jersey’s entire gambling industry – combining online and land-based casinos – paid out 124 jackpots totaling $19,076,307 from January 1 through November 30 of this year.
Of those, 23 jackpot winners claimed their prize through virtual slot machines or video poker games offered by one of New Jersey’s five licensed online casino operators.
BorgataCasino.com led the way by awarding seven jackpots of $75,000 or more, followed by GoldenNuggetCasino.com and BetfairCasino.com at six each. PlaySugarHouse.com, NJPartyPoker.com, VirginCasino.com, and TropicanaCasino.com paid out a single jackpot apiece.
The largest online jackpot in New Jersey history was won through GoldenNuggetCasino.com on August 24, when a player pocketed a massive $271,268 progressive jackpot. The player, who asked that only her first name of Susan be released, was playing the Divine Fortune slot game for $10 per spin when the reels aligned perfectly to produce the six-figure payout.
Divine Fortune is designed by iGaming software supplier NetEnt Gaming, which was formerly known as Net Entertainment. The game is centered around the theme of Greek mythology, and features a three-reel, five-row alignment with 20 paylines. Players have three progressive jackpots on the line – Minor, Major, and Mega – which offer average payouts of $5, $50, and $200,000, respectively.
The NJDGE data revealed Divine Fortune to rank among the most profitable online slot titles in the state, with more than a million dollars in jackpot payouts attributed to the game.
Through the first 11 months of 2017, Divine Fortune has dispensed $1,019,566 via jackpot alone.
Those wins took place across three different online casino platforms, as shown below:
- November 1 on BetfairCasino.com for $136,629
- September 26 on GoldenNuggetCasino.com for $146,418
- September 17 on BetfairCasino.com for $121,547
- September 11 on PlaySugarHouse.com for $91,681
- August 24 on GoldenNuggetCasino.com for $271,268
- July 7 on BetfairCasino.com for $132,396
- May 18 on GoldenNuggetCasino.com for $119,627
In each case, Divine Fortune players used a wager of just $1 or $2 to land the elusive jackpot.
Susan’s spectacular slot result surpassed the previous New Jersey record for online jackpots, which was set on June 25 by Kim Seib.
A native of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Seib found herself killing time before work when she fired up the Wonderland slot – a five-reel, four-row progressive jackpot game with 100 paylines.
As she told the Tropicana Casino Blog after the life-changing spin, Seib was hunting specifically for sizable jackpots:
“I was about to log out, but I ultimately decided to play Wonderland after noticing how high the jackpot amount was up to. I thought to myself, ‘What the heck, I’ll give it one last shot!’
During my 15 minutes or so of playing Wonderland I got the Rose Garden Bonus and only completed painting about five roses before the Queen popped up. Then I got it again. I was clicking my laptop buttons and completed five, six, and seven.
All of a sudden, they were all completed… jackpot! I sat there in total shock, thinking, ‘this can’t be. No way!’”
According to Seib, she’s been a regular online casino player for most of New Jersey’s regulated iGaming experiment:
“My husband and I love going to Tropicana Casino Atlantic City. But with our schedules, it makes it hard to visit like we want to.
So, I just decided to try Tropicana’s online casino, and here we are three years later.”