When gaming, players should never lose sight of the fact that first and foremost, slot games should be a fun and exciting way to pass the time. And, if you win a bit of cash along the way, that’s a handy bonus.
However, when we bring jackpot slots into the equation, we have to appreciate the huge possibilities available.
Online jackpot games have, and will continue to, change the lives of some of their luckiest players who are able to land the big prize – we’re talking six and even seven-figure payouts here.
Consider jackpot slots as like playing the lottery. You buy a ticket in order to give yourself a chance, no matter how tiny the percentage, of scooping a life-changing prize.
These jackpot games are the same, although it should be pointed out that smaller, more frequent wins are also available in these titles.
Here at Paddy Power Bingo, we offer a diverse array of jackpot slots, so while you are waiting for your next bingo game to begin, why not give them a try?
What is a Jackpot?
The jackpot is the highest possible payout that a slot game offers. To win it, you will need to satisfy a certain criteria, such as spinning five wild symbols on a payline, for example.
Jackpot games can be progressive (the prize increases as more players stake), part of a network (Hall of Gods is one example of how a few games in a network contribute to a single jackpot) or fixed, from which you will know exactly how much you could win.
Guide on How Jackpots Work
As we’ve already intimated, there are two general types of jackpot slot to consider: fixed and progressive.
With a fixed jackpot, as the name suggests, the amount to be won will never change. Simply satisfy the ‘winning’ criteria and hey presto: you’re a jackpot champion.
With progressive jackpots, the amount will continually rise until somebody wins it. These games can be offered by one operator only or a network of sites, with everybody who plays it contributing to the prize fund.
Regular Slots vs Jackpot Slots – What is the Difference?
When you are playing jackpot slots, the excitement is genuinely edge-of-the-seat stuff: every spin of the reels could be the one that changes your life forever.
With regular slots, the element of fun is still ever-present but there is a ‘cap’ on how much you can win based upon your stake per line, the number of active paylines and so on.
So the key difference between these slot games is that in regular titles your knees will be trembling in anticipation. With jackpot slots, the drama is simply off the scale.
What are the Requirements to Play Jackpot Games?
There is something of a myth in slot gaming that you to wager the maximum amount per spin to qualify for a chance to win the jackpot. This is untrue, and you can trigger the big prize with any size of spin.
There are no requirements for you to know about when playing jackpot games, so simply sit back, relax, cross every limb you have and hope for the best!
Types of Jackpot Games
There are four broad types of jackpot games that we can put in the two separate categories of slots: fixed and progressive jackpot.
The fixed jackpot games have a predetermined amount up for grabs that you can win if you satisfy the necessary criteria.
Local jackpot titles can be labelled as progressive, although it should be noted that these are linked to just one operator, so the prize fund climbs slower.
Progressive jackpot games have those steadily building payouts that we’ve already mentioned, while network jackpot games are fed into by players from all over the globe at participating casinos and bingo sites.
Fixed Jackpot Games
Fixed jackpot games tend to be self-contained entities where the top prize paid out is set in place and does not change at any point.
So, whereas progressive jackpots can be very high (when it hasn’t been won for a while) or a tad lower (when it has been won and resets to its default amount), you will know exactly how much is there for the taking with a fixed jackpot slot.
Progressive Jackpot Games
The idea of jackpot games is taken to the next level by progressive slots, where the prizes on offer tend to be rather handsome indeed.
In short, all players who play a progressive slot feed into the prize fund as their stake money is added to the pot. That means the kitty increase exponentially as players around the globe scramble to win the big bucks.
Once somebody, somewhere lands the winning combination, they trouser a rather hefty cheque and the jackpot resets to its base level.
Multiple Progressive Jackpot Games
A progressive jackpot game can be owned exclusively by a single operator, so that the prize pool grows more slowly, or it can be ‘networked’ across multiple bingo and casino sites to push the jackpot higher and higher in quick time.
Occasionally, multiple games feed into the one kitty too, such as the Marvel progressive jackpot series of titles.
Winning at Jackpot Games
Each jackpot game has its own ‘triggering’ conditions, and so it’s worth taking the time to read the rules of each title so you know exactly what you’re looking for on your reels.
Some slots have wild symbols, and these are often the trigger for a jackpot prize, whereas other games may even have their own jackpot symbol to look out for.
How to Choose the Best Jackpot Game?
For some gamers, the decision with regards to which jackpot slot to play is easy: they will simply opt for the game with the highest current jackpot!
That’s one way of going about it, although there are some other variables to consider.
Firstly, find a jackpot game that you enjoy playing. All slots are different in their own unique ways, and as we can’t stress enough that playing them should be fun, first and foremost, with any wins a welcome bonus.
You might want to consider the ‘hit frequency’ of each game, or its Return to Player (RTP) rate. You can easily find this information out, and the higher the RTP the more likely you are to achieve consistent wins while you attempt to net the big fish.
Tips and Tricks to Win the Jackpot
Here’s the thing: there isn’t really any strategy or secret code to landing a jackpot win.
Some believe that playing a jackpot slot that hasn’t paid out for a while is somehow a good idea, but again, this is a fallacy: a jackpot can be won at any time, because that’s what randomness dictates.
The only tip we can give you is to read the rules of each jackpot game prior to playing. These might unearth some handy tricks to help you in your quest.
Of course, be sure to manage your bankroll accordingly. The temptation when playing for huge sums of cash is to keep on trucking with the ‘one more spin’ mentality. This is irresponsible gambling, and it is much more preferable to budget accordingly and give yourself more chances to win the jackpot by betting sensible stakes, as well as recognising when it’s time to put down the phone, tablet or laptop and cool off.
What are the Minimum and the Maximum Jackpot Prizes?
Aside from fixed jackpot prizes, there aren’t that many rules governing minimum and maximum amounts.
The minimum jackpot amount will be that which the game defaults too after a win has been awarded. This will be a set figure, and so you will always know what the minimum payout will be.
As for the maximum payout in progressive games, the sky truly is the limit! We have seen some huge prizes awarded in recent years, and there is no cap on how high a progressive slot jackpot can go.
One Paddy Power Games player landed a record-breaking £4.2 million back in February 2019 by playing Mars Attacks - not bad for a £10 stake!
How are Jackpots Paid?
Jackpots will be paid in the normal way into your account, although if you win an amount of a significant nature then different rules may apply.
Either way, you will be contacted by a member of the Paddy Power support team, and they will be able to help you to proceed with your jackpot payout.
How Long Does It Take to Claim Your Jackpot Prize?
Again, it depends upon the size and scale of your jackpot win. Smaller jackpot prizes can be paid out in a matter of days once they have been verified, whereas larger wins will be subject to additional checks.
However much you scoop, you can rest assured that your winnings will be with you in good time. That lets you think a bit longer about how to spend them!
How to Play Jackpots Games
The thing to note with jackpot slots is that as far as you are concerned, the gameplay is, in essence, the same as any other slot machine.
You simply decide how much you want to stake, you choose how many paylines are active and then you hit the spin button.
Generally speaking, there aren’t any other factors to take into consideration, so don’t worry too much about anything other than spinning the reels at your leisure.
Jackpot Game Rules
As we always say, no two slot games are the same, but the rules which govern them generally are.
The rulebook will also confirm which combination of symbols you will need to trigger the jackpot prize, so be sure to check the settings section of each of our jackpot slots.
Other rules, such as payouts per winning combos and what you need to do to trigger any special features or bonuses, are also confirmed in the rules.
What are the Odds of Winning a Jackpot?
While it is difficult to calculate the odds of winning a jackpot, with standard slots we talk about the RTP of a game to refer to how often you can expect to win.
So, if a title has an RTP of 97%, if you played that title an infinite amount of times you could expect to get 97% of your stake money back.
But, in any given session of play, you can far outperform that 97% rate or win less than that also.
If you really wanted to calculate your odds of winning a jackpot, you’d need to know how many symbols were on each reel and how many theoretical combinations there are per spin – it’s enough to make your head spin, let alone the reels!
Real Money Jackpot Games
Here at Paddy Power Bingo, we offer a fantastic selection of slot games, including titles which can be played for free or for a matter of pence per spin.
However, you’ll need to fire up our real-money jackpot games if you want to land one of the big prizes, although don’t forget you are able to control how much you wager per turn.
You’ll notice the up and down arrows next to your stake display, and this will show you how much you are betting per spin. If you want to lower this amount, you can always decrease the number of paylines that are active in the game.
Play Jackpot Games on Paddy Power Bingo
Here at Paddy Power, we’ve got lots of brilliant bingo rooms for you to enjoy, with games available around the clock.
But in addition to jackpot bingo, we also serve up a selection of slot games – many of which featured fixed or progressive jackpots – for you to try when waiting for your next bingo round to start.
All budgets and tastes are catered for, and as well as having a blast playing them who knows: you might even land a life-changing jackpot payout along the way.
As hobbies go, jackpot gaming has to be right up there with the best.