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While the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down the Atlantic City casinos, the New Jersey online casino industry has thrived. One person that has thrived is Scotty W from Bridgeton, who won a cool $1 million playing the Pillars of Asgard video slot game at GoldenNuggetCasino.com on May 22. It is the biggest single-spin slot win in the Garden State since it legalized online casino gambling in 2013.
Scotty W was supposed to be on a cruise at the time of his life-changing win but had to stay home because of the pandemic. He said, “I can’t believe it. My week went from planting and gardening to winning a million dollars.”
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With his winnings, Scotty W plans to purchase a house in Florida. He said he was drawn to Pillars of Asgard because it has a Norse mythology theme. He played the game for around an hour and then hit the bonus feature, where the prize multiplier went all the way up to 25,000. Scotty W is not new to winning big, as last year he won a Golden Nugget giveaway where he drove home a new Ford Mustang.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City owner Tilman Fertitta was impressed by the $1 million win and said, “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.”
The Golden Nugget Online Casino celebrated the big win by offering all players 10 free spins on Pillars of Asgard over the Memorial Day weekend.
Divine Fortune no longer top dog in NJ
It was rather surprising that Scotty W’s win came when playing Pillars of Asgard, as the game is not known for its return-to-player (RTP) percentage. The slot game that has been in the press a lot of late is the Greek-themed Divine Fortune. That game has a high RTP of 96.8% and since 2017 has paid out more than $3 million at New Jersey online casinos.
Recently, a player at the Pennsylvania PlaySugarHouse online casino broke a record with a $533,000 jackpot win on Divine Fortune. To compare, the RTP of Pillars of Asgard is 96% and the maximum payout for the game is $1 million.
Biggest jackpot wins at online casinos
Scotty W’s $1 million win is impressive, but it is far from the biggest in New Jersey’s history. In 2014, a player at HarrahsCasino.com took home a jackpot of more than $1.3 million playing Millionaire Genie. The biggest win ever for a New Jersey online casino player came in 2015, when a $1.52 million jackpot was hit playing Let It Ride at Betfair.
Even those sums are small potatoes compared the biggest online jackpots wins of all time. The best of the best went to former British soldier Jon Heywood, who collected a whopping £13,209,300 (US $20,062,600) from Microgaming’s famed Mega Moolah progressive jackpot slot in 2015.