Do people actually win on online slots?

| Oct 11, 2019

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Contrary to what you might hear based on other people’s experiences, it is possible to win at online slots and people do actually win when playing the top slot sites.

There is science behind the claim. Every slot that is developed is done so by using highly advanced mathematics, based on statistical algorithms which automatically calculate payout percentage, while there is also a Random Number Generator (RNG).

A Random Number Generator is a key component when it comes to determining payout frequencies for online slots. This main purpose of this is to produce a series of random and different numbers in sequences of intervals of milliseconds all day, every day.

The RNG is applied to all online casinos as a way of determining the outcomes of the numerous online slots that they offer. These outcomes are all dependent on the combination of algorithms and the software which develops the RNG and as a result, it is these systems alone which decide on the outcome of each spin.

How online slots decide to payout – the theory

Online slots or their mechanics are not programmed to have any kind of memory and, as a result, no component within the slot knows whether you have either won or lost big and as such, it does not recognise your digital footprint – e.g. how long you have gone without winning for.

Complex mathematical equations are fundamental when it comes to determining a player’s payout fate, from the moment that you spark a play sequence, which is then decided on by the RNG. Consequently, the results of your slot spins are not then recorded to produce certain outcomes.

After you have authorised a spin on an online slot, the RNG then starts to issue numbers at a rate of in excess of hundreds every second. This is the clever bit – whichever number then that the RNG is on at the precise moment that you make your click, determines the exact symbol that the reel will land on.

The only thing that you actually have control of is when exactly that you click on the icon. After you have pressed or clicked on the ‘start’ command, on a three-reel slot, three numbers are then recorded from the RNG (one per reel). Each digit then determines their respective reel’s position and as such whether this has triggered a payout sequence.


Biggest online slot wins

Over time, there have been some significant online slot wins. In October 2015, Jon Heywood, a 26-year-old soldier from the UK won £13,209,300 when playing the Mega Moolah slot, developed by Microgaming at Betway’s online casino.

In 2013 a bet of just 25 cents was enough to land a Finnish player in his forties a jackpot of €17,861,800 on the Mega Fortune slot, developed by NetEnt. The winner decided to remain anonymous, though won the jackpot at Finland’s major online casino; Paf.

A  payout of $9.2 million in April 2017, at the time set a new record for the biggest ever mobile win. While the winner opted to remain anonymous, it was again, the Mega Moolah slot that lined the pockets of the lucky gambler who was playing at Tipico Mobile Casino.

Charles Baxendale

A keen researcher in the development of methods and theories for computer sciences. A lover of algorithms and mathematical computation. Consultant to online slots software companies and a player in my spare time.

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