Do People Actually Win on Online Slots?

If you’ve been on a losing streak recently, it might be tempting to blame the machine, saying that online slots are designed to never really pay out any money. While this feels like the truth at the time, it’s not actually accurate – just ask the many people who have managed to win thousands, or even millions, while playing slot machines in the past.

We’re not going to pretend that slots give out more money than they make, as they don’t – after all, they are a way for casinos to make money. But it’s also important to recognise that, while some will lose, there will also be lucky players who win as well, just like in most other forms of gambling, including the National Lottery.

Do People Actually Win on Online Slots

Do People Really Win?

The answer to this question is simple: yes, people really do win when they’re playing online slot machines. Sure, these wins aren’t always huge – in fact, the vast majority of your wins will be small ones – however every so often, that massive winning spin comes around. The reels fill up with the same symbol and you get payouts from multiple paylines, increasing your casino account balance significantly.

It’s important to remember that every spin is completely random. So, just because you’ve been losing for the last hour, it doesn’t mean that your next spin won’t be a winner. So, don’t let that completely random losing streak convince you that slots are rigged against you, as they’re not.

Where’s the Proof?

The savvier readers will now be wondering where the proof is. How exactly do we know that online slot machines do really pay out big prizes? Well, the answer comes in the testing and regulation. Firstly, all legal USA casinos are regulated and they monitor sites extremely closely. They will know if a game isn’t playing properly and will investigate. If the game is rigged, the casino will be stripped of its licence.

You’ll also find that most slots have been tested by an independent testing house. The most famous of these is eCOGRA, however, there are many licenced to carry out testing. These companies simulate a huge number of spins on a slot and will be able to tell if they are paying out fairly or not. So, if a site has a certificate from one of these companies, you can be sure that its games are fair – and that you really can win money when you’re playing.

The Biggest Slot Win Ever

Looking for a bit of inspiration? Well, if you’re on a bad streak, just remember that the world record prize paid out by an online slot is a massive £13.2m. This was won by a player in the UK called Jon Heywood, who was playing at Betway Casino. The slot providing the huge jackpot was the ever-popular Mega Moolah, which is a progressive jackpot slot from the people over at Microgaming.

Stephen Addington (PhD, MSc, BSc)

Researcher and expert in applied mathematics covering the areas of combinations, configurations, probabilities and games of chance within slots machines. Consultant to various gaming developers and suppliers. Published author and speaker. You can read more about Stephen on my author profile page