Progressive Jackpot Slots

Let’s face it: slots are fun, but the real reason we play these one-armed bandits is the chance to win big. The thing is, you’ll never win bigger than you might with a progressive jackpot slot. These are the slots that offer six- and seven-figure jackpots that grow with every spin. The slots that make dreams come true with life-changing jackpots making them the most popular slots at brick and mortar and online casinos across Ontario.

Whether you play progressive jackpot slots at brick and mortar or online casinos in Ontario, a percentage of every penny you and others put in the games is siphoned off and put aside for the progressive jackpot. That process continues and the jackpot keeps on growing until one player is lucky enough to win it.

Keep reading to find out more about progressive jackpot slots in Ontario, including how they work, where to find them, and how you can give yourself the best chance to win big playing one.

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Are progressive jackpot slots legal in Ontario?

Slots and progressive jackpot slots are perfectly legal in Ontario, but only at licensed Ontario casinos. That means the dozens of provincially licensed casinos and racetracks with slots across Ontario, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s online casino, and any privately-run online casinos the province licenses in the future may have progressive jackpot slots.

Can you play progressive jackpot slots online in Ontario?

You most definitely can. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation online casino have three different progressive jackpot slots linked to the POWERBUCK$ progressive worth over $1 million. You also have the option of playing jackpot slots at some of the top online casinos in Ontario. Most popular games include Siberian Storm, Arctic Gems and of course, Cleopatra.

Progressive jackpot slots near you

There are literally dozens of brick and mortar casinos and racetrack slots facilities around Ontario where you’re likely to find progressive jackpot slots. Many have network-wide linked progressives that include multiple slots at multiple locations feeding into one progressive jackpot you can win playing any of these games from any of these locations. Here’s a look:

CasinoAddressPhone Number
Casino Ajax50 Alexander's Crossing
Ajax, ON
866-445-3939
Pickering Casino Resort888 Durham Live Avenue
Pickering, ON
833-629-0552
Casino Woodbine555 Rexdale Blvd
Etobicoke, ON
416-675-1101
Casino Rama5899 Rama Rd
Orillia, ON
800-832-7529
Elements Casino Mohawk9430 Guelph Line
Campbellville, ON
905-854-4053
Gateway Casino Innisfil
7485 5th Side Rd
Innisfil, ON
705-726-6770
Great Blue Heron Casino21777 Island Rd
Port Perry
905-985-4888
Casino Niagara5705 Falls Ave
Niagara Falls, ON
888-325-5788
Fallsview Casino6380 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, ON
888-325-5788
Gateway Casinos Sault Ste. Marie30 Bay St
Sault Ste. Marie
705-759-0100
Gateway Casinos Thunder Bay50 Cumberland St S
Thunder Bay, ON
807-766-7900
Rideau Carleton Casino (Future Hard Rock)4837 Albion Rd S
Gloucester, ON
613-822-8668
Shorelines Casino Belleville380 Bell Blvd
Belleville, ON
613-689-9100
Gateway Casinos - Sudbury400 Bonin St
Chelmsford, ON
705-855-7164
Elements Casino - Grand River7445 Wellington County Rd 21
Elora, ON
519-846-2022
Gateway Casinos - Clinton147 Beech St
Clinton, ON
519-482-7540
Gateway Casinos - Woodstock851 Nellis St
Woodstock, ON
519-537-4808
Gateway Casinos - London900 King St
London, ON
519-672-5394
Gateway Casinos – Sarnia1730 London Line
Sarnia, ON
519-383-3732
Playtime Casino Hanover275 5th St
Hanover, ON
519-364-7606
Shorelines Casino Peterborough1400 Crawford Dr
Peterborough, ON
833-678-0880
Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands380 ON-2
Gananoque, ON
613-382-6800
Shorelines Slots Kawartha Downs1382 County Rd 28
Fraserville, ON
705-939-2400
Casino Windsor377 Riverside Dr E
Windsor, ON
800-991-7777
Elements Casino Brantford40 Icomm Dr
Brantford, ON
888-694-6946
Elements Casino Flamboro967 Ontario 5
Dundas, ON
905-628-4275
Starlight Casino Point Edward2000 Venetian Blvd
Point Edward, ON
519-383-7770
Cascades Casino Chatham615 Richmond St
Chatham, ON
226-296-0309

Improving your progressive jackpot slots odds in Ontario

There’s no skill involved in playing progressive jackpot slots. Winning comes down to getting lucky and no strategy can help with that. That said, you will probably have to make bets over a certain threshold prescribed by that slot’s rules to be eligible to get lucky and win its progressive jackpot. Plus, your chances of winning most progressive jackpots are linearly proportional to the size of your bet. That means the higher your bet, the better your odds of winning, or that betting the maximum per spin will give you a greater chance of winning the jackpot on most progressive jackpot slots.

In other words, if there is a strategy to playing progressive jackpot slots it involves betting the maximum to give yourself the best odds and hoping to get lucky.

Progressive Jackpot slots basics

You should always start playing progressive jackpot slots by reading the game rules. This will show you the game’s paytable, so you know exactly what to hope the random number generator awards you with each spin. Plus, what you need to win the progressive jackpot. The rules will also tell you what you need to bet to be eligible to win the jackpot and whether betting the maximum will increase your odds of winning it. After that:

  • Set your bet (coin value, credit value, paylines, lines) to the maximum allowed, as long as the rules say the higher your bet, the better your odds of winning. If not, set your bet to what the rules say are the minimum required to be eligible to win the jackpot.
  • Click the spin button and hope you get lucky.
  • Manually verify the outcome and payout to increase your understanding of the game.
  • Try again if you like.

Progressive Jackpot slots strategy

Most progressive jackpots are awarded randomly on the regular reels or randomly through a bonus round or bonus game. Either way, progressive jackpots are awarded randomly. That means there are no strategies you can use to help you win a progressive jackpot. The random number generators these slots employ make every win completely and purely random. Just make sure you read the game rules, make bets of the amount that makes you eligible to win the progressive jackpot as prescribed by these rules, or bet the maximum if the rules say the higher your bet, the better your odds of winning.

Slots are computer programs set to pay back a percentage of all the money played to players over time. The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGO) sets the minimum return to player rate (RTP) for slots at 85%. That means all slots will pay back at least 85% of the money put into them over time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean you’ll win back $85 for every $100 you put into a slot during every session. RTP is a long-term thing and the random nature of slots means a win or certain payback percentage is never guaranteed, except over time.

The RTP on most progressive jackpot slots is set much higher than the AGO minimum. It’s usually 90% or above, but that’s much lower than games like video poker or blackjack, which can have RTPs above 99%, and other slots, which often have RTPs above 95%. The thing is, playing progressive jackpot slots is about the opportunity to win a big jackpot, not chasing incremental and theoretical payback percentages. That said, if you have a choice between playing two progressive jackpot slots with equal-sized jackpots, you should always choose the one with the higher RTP. Theoretically, your money will last longer and you’ll get more spins on the higher RTP game. More spins equal more chances to win the jackpot.

Progressive slots available in Ontario

Powerbucks Arctic Gems

  • Jackpot as of August 2021: $1,076,251.79
  • Type: Network Progressive (POWERBUCK$)
  • Theme: Winter wildlife
  • Paylines: 50
  • Min/Max Bet: $0.75-$150.00
  • Winning The Progressive: Only bets of $2.25 or more are eligible to win the POWERBUCK$ Progressive. Your chance of winning is linearly proportional to the size of your bet. The progressive can only be won in the Polar Picks Bonus game, triggered after any spin that contains one or more multipliers. The chance of triggering the Polar Picks Bonus increases with your bet but is equal for all bets over $3. The game involves picking 11 coins, each of which is a gem or a blank. Eleven gems win the POWERBUCK$ Progressive.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 90.33%

Powerbucks Wheel of Fortune Exotic Far East

  • Jackpot as of August 2021: $1,076,251.79
  • Type: Network Progressive (POWERBUCK$)
  • Theme: Wheel of Fortune/ Far East
  • Paylines: 30
  • Min/Max Bet: $0.75-$5.25
  • Winning The Progressive: Only bets of $3 or more are eligible to win the POWERBUCK$ Progressive. Your chance of winning is linearly proportional to the size of your bet. The progressive can only be won in the Wheel Bonus game, triggered after you land a coin symbol on reel 1 and a Treasure Chest symbol on reel 5. The POWERBUCK$ Progressive is awarded randomly in the Wheel Bonus game.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 90.33%

Powerbucks Wheel of Fortune Hawaiian Getaway

  • Jackpot as of August 2021: $1,076,251.79
  • Type: Network Progressive (POWERBUCK$)
  • Theme: Wheel of Fortune/ Hawaii
  • Paylines: 50
  • Min/Max Bet: $1-$100
  • Winning The Progressive: Only bets of $3 or more are eligible to win the POWERBUCK$ Progressive. Your chance of winning is linearly proportional to the size of your bet. The progressive can only be won in the Jackpot Bonus game, triggered when a Wheel Bonus or Pointer Frenzy spin lands on a Jackpot Bonus slice. The POWERBUCK$ Progressive is awarded randomly in the Jackpot Bonus game.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 90.33%

MegaJackpots Wheel of Fortune On Air

  • Jackpot as of August 2021: $553,225.92
  • Type: Network Progressive (MegaJackpots)
  • Theme: Wheel of Fortune/ Hawaii
  • Paylines: 20
  • Min/Max Bet: $0.40-$200
  • Winning The Progressive: Every bet is eligible to win the MegaJackpots Progressive, but the higher the bet, the better the odds of winning. Win the progressive if a MegaJackpots token is revealed during a spin of the wheel in the MegaJackpots Bonus, triggered when the Wheel of Fortune wheel lands on a MegaJackpots wedge. The Wheel of Fortune Wheel Feature is triggered when three or more Bonus scatter symbols land on the reels. The more Bonus symbols landed the more MegaJackpots tokens are available in the MegaJackpots Bonus.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 91.05% ($500k Jackpot) – 93.05% ($1m Jackpot)

MegaJackpots Cleopatra

  • Jackpot as of August 2021: $553,225.92
  • Type: Network Progressive (MegaJackpots)
  • Theme: Ancient Egyptian Mythology
  • Paylines: 20
  • Min/Max Bet: $0.20-$200
  • Winning The Progressive: Every bet is eligible to win the MegaJackpots Progressive, but the higher the bet, the better the odds of winning. Win the progressive if five MegaJackpots symbols land on the centre payline on any base game spin or any free spin in the Cleopatra Bonus.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 91% ($500k Jackpot) – 92% ($750k Jackpot) – 93.05% ($1m Jackpot)

MegaJackpots Golden Goddess

  • Jackpot as of August 2021: $553,225.92
  • Type: Network Progressive (MegaJackpots)
  • Theme: Ancient Greek Mythology
  • Paylines: 40
  • Min/Max Bet: $0.40-$200
  • Winning The Progressive: Every bet is eligible to win the MegaJackpots Progressive, but the higher the bet, the better the odds of winning. Win the progressive by landing 15 MegaJackpots symbols in all reel positions on any spin.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 91% ($500k Jackpot) – 92% ($750k Jackpot) – 93% ($1m Jackpot)

MegaJackpots Siberian Storm

  • Jackpot as of August 2021: $553,225.92
  • Type: Network Progressive (MegaJackpots)
  • Theme: Siberian white tiger
  • Paylines: 720
  • Min/Max Bet: $0.50-$250
  • Winning The Progressive: Every bet is eligible to win the MegaJackpots Progressive, but the higher the bet, the better the odds of winning. Win the progressive by landing five MegaJackpots scatter symbols anywhere on the reels on any base game spin or any free spin in the Free Spins Bonus.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 91% ($500k Jackpot) – 92% ($750k Jackpot) – 93% ($1m Jackpot)

Pixies of the Forest II

  • Jackpot as of August 2021: $2,402.14
  • Type: Stand-Alone Progressive
  • Theme: Fantasy Forest
  • Paylines: 99
  • Min/Max Bet: $0.33-$33
  • Winning The Progressive: Your chance of winning is proportional to the size of your bet. In any base game or bonus game Feature Wilds spin, wilds can randomly turn into Jackpot symbols and trigger the Pixie Progressive Picker. Pick Pixies to fill Gold, Silver, or Bronze Jackpot meters orbs. Win the corresponding jackpot when 4 orbs are filled. The Gold Jackpot is a shared progressive jackpot.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 96.57%

Keystone Kops

  • Jackpot as of August 2021: $22,005.20
  • Type: Stand-Alone Progressive
  • Theme: Clumsy Cops
  • Paylines: 30
  • Min/Max Bet: $0.30-$120
  • Winning The Progressive: Your chance of winning is proportional to the size of your bet. Land two Bonus scatter symbols in any position on reels 2 and 3 with the Progressive Picks Bonus symbol in any position on reel 4 to trigger the Progressive Picks Bonus. Select vaults to collect gold bar, silver bar, gold coin, or silver coin icons. Continue selecting until you get three matching symbols. Gold or Silver bars trigger a progressive win.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 95.2% – 97.2%

More online progressive jackpot slots variants

Caesars, Mohegan Sun, and BetMGM might also bring the following popular online progressive jackpot slots to Ontario with them when they come:

Bison Fury

  • Jackpot on BetMGM as of August 2021: $3,057,628.43
  • Type: Network-Wide Progressive (The Big One)
  • Theme: Stampeding Bison
  • Paylines: 1024
  • Winning The Progressive: Triggered randomly, but the bigger your bet the higher your chances of winning.
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 94%

Divine Fortune

  • Jackpot on Caesars as of August 2021: ?
  • Type: Stand-Alone Progressive
  • Theme: Ancient Greek Mythology
  • Paylines: 20
  • Winning The Progressive: Land three or more bonus symbols to gain access to a bonus game where the progressive jackpot is randomly awarded.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 96.59%

China Shores with Quick Strike Online

  • Jackpot on Mohegan Sun as of August 2021: ?
  • Type: Stand-Alone Progressive
  • Theme: Chinese Panda
  • Paylines: 30
  • Winning The Progressive: Quick Strike progressive jackpot awarded randomly during play.
  • Bonus Round: Yes
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • RTP: 90.19%