The biggest win during a terrible year, $5.1 million, came on on August 9. That’s when a lucky player on the online Unibet casino hit a life-changing jackpot on the Divine Fortune slot game. Unibet is partnered with Hard Rock Atlantic City.
With Atlantic City’s nine casinos forced to close from mid-March until July 4 weekend, due to the government’s COVID-19 restrictions, the online casinos saved helped save the city. In fact, the casinos are still limited to 25% capacity for both the casino floors and restaurants, which obviously reduces revenue.
But one lucky winner actually ventured inside the Bally’s Park Place Casino in Atlantic City on January 19, winning $2.6 million on a Wheel of Fortune penny slots machine.
Unibet isn’t the Only Winner
Two of the biggest brick-and-mortar wins happened at the Atlantic City Tropicana. On July 13, shortly after the casinos were allowed to reopen, a Monopoly 3RM game paid one lucky winner $902,000, while a Wheel of Fortune slot machine paid $899,000 out on December 12.
A million-dollar jackpot was also awarded to a Pillars of Asgard player on May 20 on the Golden Nugget online casino.
The seventh and 10th-largest payouts happened on the Borgata online casino; on February 1, one lucky player cashed out $800,000 on Game King Double Double Bonus Poker and another player won $500,00 on a Double Diamond game.
At the Golden Nugget’s partner, PlaySugarhouse, a Slingo Reel Extreme player cashed out $503,000 on January 19.
What Qualifies as a Big Jackpot?
Gaming officials in New Jersey say that $50,000 is the threshold for a big jackpot.
That number was hit a total of 770 times at the Atlantic City brick-and-mortar, online and mobile casinos in 2020. In 2019, that number was 611, and in 2018, only 384 big jackpots were won.
The very first million-dollar online casino jackpot was hit in 2015 on Valentine’s Day; that’s when a $500 wager on the Let It Ride game, played on the Betfair Casino, turned into $1.5 million.
That was followed up by two million dollar wins at Atlantic City’s brick-and-mortar casinos in 2016. That’s when one lucky patron of the Trump Taj Mahal won $3.1 million on a penny Wheel of Fortune slot machine, and a player at Harrah’s won $1.5 million on a $1 Wheel of Fortune slot machine.
In 2017, two more million-dollar jackpots were won at Atlantic City casinos; Harrah’s had a $2.6 million winner playing a Wheel of Fortune 25-cent Pink Diamond game, and Bally’s had a $1.2 million winner playing 25-cent Reel Adventures-Elvis game.
In 2019, there was only one million dollar win; a Golden Nugget patron took home $1.1 million playing a Wheel of Fortune machine.
2020 Was a Bumper Year for Big Jackpots
In 2020, there were 44 jackpots of at least $200,000 in Atlantic City.
Ten jackpots were 10 worth at least a half-million dollars, one jackpot was worth more than $400,000, and six ranged between $300,000 to $400,000.
October 24 and October 25 were very lucky days for players in New Jersey. On October 24, seven players won $50,000 and one player won $60,000. Amazingly, all of those wins happened on the Betfair Casino and all were playing Blackjack Classic Touch.
Also on October 24, the Borgata online casino had two six-figure winners, a $104,000 winner playing Panda Power and a $200,000 winner playing Game King: Triple Double Bonus Poker.
The following day, seven people won between $50,000 to $60,000 playing Blackjack Classic Touch. Resorts online casino also had a $127,000 winner on October 25.
The Betfair Casino was also on fire October 25, when one lucky player raked in $87,000 on Multi-hand Blackjack Perfect Pairs + 21+3. The winning streak continued at Resorts online on October 25, when a Blue Ribbon game paid out $127,000. The Tropicana was also on a winning streak, as a player took home $98,000 playing Triple Play Poker Link.