Wisconsin probably isn’t the first state you think of when you consider the state of gambling in the US.
After all, there’s no online casino gambling in the state, and WI gambling houses are operated exclusively by Indian tribes.
While these are Class III venues with Vegas-style games, they’re mostly small operations.
Further, there’s been no movement in the state re gaming expansion or sports betting legalization, which means the status of Wisconsin gambling is lagging behind most of its neighbors.
Still, players in the area seem satisfied, especially when something like this happens (via NBC15):
“A Madison casino guest hit the jackpot of a lifetime on Wednesday, after putting in just a small bet.
The resident was playing the 1,000,000 Degrees machine at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison when a $3 bet turned into a $1.3 million payout. …
The last million dollar win at this location was paid out in 2015, the casino added.”
If you’re a seasoned gambler, news like this is particularly heartwarming. There’s no jealousy or bad feels – it’s genuinely good news.
And while we’ve never hit a jackpot like that, the fact that it can and does happen only further endears the market to hopeful players.
That said, slots players rarely count on massive jackpots. Slots pay out at a clip of 92% or better, and most of us are satisfied with small wins here and there.
If we hit a big win, that’s just icing on the cake.
That experience – the entertainment aspect combined with the smallest of chances to quit your day job on every spin – is also what drives online players, as online slots are famous for their paylines and win rates.
That said, there’s a general feeling among those who’ve never played online slots or online casino games that brick-and-mortar venues like the Ho-Chunk facility in Madison (or larger operations in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Atlantic City, etc.) are the only places you’ll actually have a chance to hit a massive jackpot.
Fortunately, that’s simply not true.
All of the most reputable online casinos have slots of all kinds, each with their own paytables and payout potentials.
If you’re playing online penny slots, sure, you’ll never win a seven-figure jackpot. However, if you’re playing online slots for $3-5 per spin, you can indeed have a chance to win that kind of life-changing money.
That’s because all the best online gambling sites have progressive slots on offer.
These kinds of online slots share prize pools between multiple sites that operate under the same umbrella or ownership, i.e. Bovada Casino, Café Casino, and Slots LV.
And, because these sites each have millions of US members, their shared progressive slot machines regularly see payouts of $2 million, $3 million, or more.
Then, when a player hits that jackpot, the prize pool resets and is built back up.
In this way, progressive slots (and other progressive online casino games) work a lot like the Powerball or Mega Millions interstate lotteries: The higher the jackpot climbs, the more people play, and the bigger the ultimate win.
Additionally, unlike the Ho-Chunk million-dollar jackpot above, these progressives don’t only hit once every five years. At all the top casino sites, lucky players win giant jackpots every few weeks.
And no, we’re not pulling you leg. When you pull the handle online, you could be the next big winner!