A progressive jackpot is the highest payout amount that grows with each game played. The amount is usually indicated and visible before the game starts. It increases by a small amount after each bet played. Such a scheme works in slot machines that play for money, so it’s impossible to get a progressive jackpot when playing for free. However, as a rule, the progressive jackpot grows from a certain small amount and it is unlikely to receive a large amount of money.
Slot machines with such a system of jackpots are called progressive. Their story began in the late 19th century, thanks to auto mechanic Charles Fairy and was continued at the end of the 20th by Interhational Game Technology. Since then, much has changed in the system of these devices. Payments on such machines are less than on regular ones, as part of the winnings goes to increasing the jackpot. In online slot machines, the jackpot is regulated by special software.
There are progressive jackpots on progressive slot machines, which are of two types – individual and related. In connected machines, one jackpot grows on several slot machines. Each slot machine of such a group of slots contributes to the total jackpot. Individuals have their own independent jackpots. The bigger the jackpot, the better the risk, because the greater the chance to win it.
In addition to having such a jackpot, progressive devices are no longer distinguished from the usual ones. The chances of winning with a progressive jackpot are minimal, but theoretically, there is in any game and can depend on the number of games and is possible only at the maximum rate. And yet it is low, so you should be careful and reasonable.
In addition to the traditional progressive, the jackpot can be random. The starting value of such a jackpot is chosen randomly, and grows while you play. Here, the lucky one can get lucky for a fairly large amount, since initially the amount may be higher than that of the standard jackpot. It is often optional for progressive slot machines.
The chance to win such a jackpot is minimal and completely independent of the bet and the number of games, only on the player’s luck. Stories are known to the case when one person won such a jackpot twice, but it is one in a million others, where there was no such win at all.
An additional or random jackpot may be calculated in millions, but you should not rely on it too much.
Most importantly, when trying to win the jackpot, sound caution and calculation. You need to know how much you are willing to risk.