New Jersey Player Breaks DraftKings Jackpot Record

Written By Derek Helling on April 26, 2023
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Most people who spend some money on the DraftKings Casino app come away with nothing but having spent a little time on an activity they enjoy. One player in New Jersey defied the odds and also ended their session with a lot more cash than they began with, though.

DraftKings says the player broke the company’s record for a progressive jackpot win in New Jersey. The prize, which flirted with $2 million, represents the first realization of the potential of a new wrinkle that DraftKings added to its online casino platform in the state a few months ago.

DraftKings Casino awards a record-breaking jackpot prize

According to a press release from DraftKings, the unidentified player chose to try out the Extra Chilli Megaways game on DraftKings Casino in New Jersey. The bet on the winning play was just $0.10.

The result of the play was far above and beyond that solitary dime, though. To be exact, the return on that wager equated to a return of about 1.9 billion percent. The dollar amount of the win was $1.97 million. DraftKings iGaming North America General Manager Thomas Winter put the win into perspective in the release.

“Congratulations to our lucky player on winning DraftKings Casino’s largest jackpot to date,” Winter stated. “At DraftKings, we strive to offer players the most entertaining and rewarding online casino experience, and we are always thrilled when a customer wins big.

This record-breaking jackpot marks our second million-dollar winner in the last two months, and we can’t wait to celebrate our next millionaire with our exclusive jackpot currently over $1.3 million.”

The exclusive jackpot offering Winter mentioned offers a unique cross-game accessibility. However, seven-figure online casino wins are not exclusive to either DraftKings or New Jersey.

Win was a result of team effort in New Jersey

As Winter explained, DraftKings introduced genre-linked progressive jackpots in New Jersey in October. Through that feature, DraftKings allows players to access a special progressive jackpot across all of its related titles; slots, table games, and video poker included.

Currently, the only place DraftKings offers that side-bet option is in the New Jersey online casino market. The company said it plans to expand the feature into its other markets, however. DraftKings Casino also operates in Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Progressive jackpots escalate in value with each connected play. Therefore, this winner in New Jersey was the benefactor of the efforts of many of their fellow players. Such wins are nothing new. For example, a player in Pennsylvania claimed a $1 million progressive prize on BetMGM Casino earlier this month.

While it’s true that eventually, someone will hit the prize, it’s paramount to observe responsible gaming practices like setting a budget and sticking to it. Should you decide to dedicate a budget to trying DraftKings’ progressive jackpot, you should do so while keeping in mind that your odds of actually claiming that prize are extremely slim.

Regardless of the odds, this player will never forget the moment they won. For even those who merely contribute to the pot, though, the games can be enjoyable.

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Derek Helling is the assistant managing editor of PlayUSA. Helling focuses on breaking news, including finance, regulation, and technology in the gaming industry. Helling completed his journalism degree at the University of Iowa and resides in Chicago

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