International Game Technology (IGT) has introduced the first omnichannel wide area progressive (WAP) jackpot in the US. The software supplier did it via a Wheel of Fortune slots link in New Jersey.
First WAP jackpot available in the US
This milestone achievement enables New Jersey online casino players to spin for large-scale wins on games. Players can also use combined jackpot liquidity between land-based, mobile and online versions of IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slots.
Players throughout the Garden State can play IGT’s new omnichannel WAP link online and on mobile devices on IGT PlayDigital’s:
- Wheel of Fortune
- Triple Gold
- Gold Spin slots
The selection also includes land-based casinos with IGT’s Wheel of Fortune slots games. The link includes:
- All Wheel of Fortune $1 games
- 18 unique themes across New Jersey casinos
- A $500,000 jackpot reset value
Gil Rotem, IGT president of iGaming, said:
“With the continued growth of the iGaming market in the US, there could not be a better time to enhance our IGT PlayDigital portfolio for New Jersey with a compelling omnichannel jackpot. IGT’s omnichannel version of Wheel of Fortune Triple Gold™ Gold Spin™ slots offers an attractive, fast-growing jackpot, and has already demonstrated outstanding performance results and effectiveness as a player-acquisition tool. Only IGT is experienced in offering wide-area progressive links to offer a transformative, cross-platform gaming experience.”
IGT’s second omnichannel jackpot link in North America
The debut of Wheel of Fortune’s linked progressive marks IGT’s second omnichannel jackpot link in North America. IGT’s first omnichannel progressive jackpot, Powerbucks link, was launched in Canada in 2016. Since its inception, Powerbucks has issued more than 48 jackpots.
Nick Khin, IGT chief operating officer, Global Gaming, said in a news release:
“IGT is thrilled to offer our customers in New Jersey the first omnichannel jackpot in the US as a means to engage players across platforms and offer another play-driving Wheel of Fortune slots jackpot. Based on the continued success of IGT’s pioneering omnichannel WAP solution for Canada, Powerbucks, I anticipate our omnichannel link for New Jersey will drive performance and be readily embraced by operators and players alike.”
Good timing for IGT to launch WAP jackpot in New Jersey
According to the latest news release from the New Jersey Division of Gambling Enforcement, April saw NJ online casinos win $158.9 million. Although down from March’s single-month state record of $166 million, the revenue figure is the second-highest monthly total in New Jersey history.
The New Jersey Lottery has recently rolled out a scratch-off ticket called “The Jersey Debate” featuring a traditional match-the-numbers game. A new game from IGT via the New Jersey Lottery costs $5 and has a top prize of $200,000.