With Atlantic City being closed since mid-March due to the outbreak of COVID-19, there hasn’t been much in the way of good news for New Jersey gambling.
But in the realm of online gambling, there have been a lot of bright spots as of late. NJ online casinos have picked up the slack with no in-house gambling available.
On May 22, a Golden Nugget online casino member Scotty W, from Bridgeton, won $1 million on a single spin playing the video slot game Pillars of Asgard.
It was the biggest single-spin video slot game win in the US since online casinos became legal in New Jersey in 2013.
A big win at Golden Nugget online casino
According to a press release, Scotty W was supposed to be on a cruise but, instead, was home due to the pandemic.
“I can’t believe it,” Scotty W said, “My week went from planting and gardening to winning a million dollars.”
Scotty, who plans to buy a home in Florida with his winnings, was attracted to Pillars of Asgard due to its Norse theme. After about an hour of playing, he hit the game’s bonus feature. He saw the prize multiplier hit 25,000.
This wasn’t Scotty’s first big win online at the Golden Nugget as he won a giveaway in 2019, taking home a Ford Mustang.
Impressed by Scotty’s win was Tillman Fertitta, the owner of Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
“As the billion dollar buyer, I am thrilled to hear that one of our loyal online casino patrons has become an instant million dollar winner in one life-changing spin. I look forward to congratulating him personally.”
To celebrate Scotty’s win, the Golden Nugget online casino offered 10 free spins on Pillars of Asgard all Memorial Day weekend.
Move over, Divine Fortune
One of the biggest surprises about Scotty’s win was the game that he won on.
Divine Fortune has one of the highest RTP scores of 96.8% and has paid out more than $3 million to New Jersey players since 2017. The jackpot for Divine Fortune at Golden Nugget online stands at $179,290.09 as of Thursday.
By comparison, the Pillars of Asgard has an RTP of 96%. But its max payout is $1 million.
How does this win compare to other online casino jackpots?
While a major score, Scotty W’s million-dollar spin is on the lower end of biggest online casino wins. That includes New Jersey and beyond.
But even that pales in comparison to the biggest NJ online winner to date. In 2015, a truly lucky player won $1,520,000 playing Let It Ride on Betfair online casino.
Beyond New Jersey, the wins are even bigger.
In 2016, New Zealander Rawiri Pou played the Mega Moolah progressive slot game and won $10,144,395.82, which equals about $7.4 million.
The biggest winner in online slots history, however, is still unknown.
All that is known is that in 2013, a Finnish man placed a 25-cent bet on the Mega Fortune progressive jackpot game. What started as a small bet, grew to 17,861,800 euros, which to this day, is the largest online progressive slot jackpot win in history.
While these are all impressive jackpot winnings, they are all progressive jackpot winnings, which means that the jackpots were built up over time.
What makes Scotty W’s million-dollar win at Golden Nugget online casino all the more impressive was that he was able to accomplish it in just one spin.
Here’s to that new home in Florida, Scotty!