All gamblers dream of the big win, and there's a huge array of casino games that offer the hope of making a lot of cash. Slots have seen some massive payouts over the years, and progressive jackpots can reach as high as millions of dollars.
Progressive Slots Jackpots
Payouts don't come much bigger than with progressive slots. These function differently to most slots, which have a fixed jackpot sum. Instead, the maximum prize rises every time there's a losing spin. What this means is that the longer the gap between wins, the larger the jackpot gets. And some can get very large indeed.
The number one slots game when it comes to prizes has to be Mega Moolah, from Microgaming. Over the years it's had a number of multi-million dollar jackpots and if the big prize is the main attraction for you, this is the game to play. There are other progressive slots, however, such as Joker Millions (from Yggdrasil Gaming), Hall of Gods (NetEnt), and Jackpot Giant (Playtech), so if Mega Moolah isn't to your taste there are alternatives.
243 Ways to Win
Progressive jackpot slots do offer the largest potential wins, but sometimes the RTP (return to player) rate can be significantly lower than for other slots. There are also games that have very large jackpots with better RTP rates, although the maximum win might be a bit lower. Amongst these are the 243 ways to win games, which, as the name suggests, have many more chances to win than other slots (although the downside to this is that average prizes can be lower than for traditional slots).
Slots of this nature include Thunderstruck II (from Microgaming). Thunderstruck II has a potential jackpot of 243,000 times the player's stake, which is pretty tasty. Another high-paying but non-progressive slots game is Electric Sam, by Elk Studios, with a maximum payout of 200,000 coins.
An Advantage of Smaller Jackpots
That's an odd thing to write in an article about the best jackpots, but hear me out. The lure of the progressive mega-prizes is that they're enormous, life-changing sums. And who doesn't want to spend a few dollars and make millions back? But the downside is that the odds on winning said jackpot have to be very long. One benefit of relatively modest payouts compared to progressive prizes is that you have a much better chance of winning. A few thousand dollars is nothing to be sniffed at, after all. And, as mentioned already, some of the biggest jackpot slots have a lower RTP than other games, decreasing your chances of finishing ahead. If all you're after is the big win, then fair enough. But if you want to have a better chance of finishing ahead, but by a more modest margin, then looking at the RTP rather than just the dream scenario might suit you better.
There are plenty of high jackpot slots to try, both progressive and otherwise. Just remember to keep an eye on the RTP, and your own wallet, and you'll be fine.