Massive Jackpot Hit on Aristocrat Gaming Machine

The Dragon Link pokie by Australian manufacturer Aristocrat Gaming paid out a massive jackpot worth US$1,241,642.26 ($1,712,986.84).

Imagine heading to your local casino for some pre-Christmas gambling and winning a massive jackpot. That is exactly what happened to a Florida native named Gloria. She visited the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa on December 23 wanting a little fun. She not only enjoyed herself but walked away with a massive jackpot worth US$1,241,642.26 ($1,712,986.84).

Gloria played the Aristocrat Gaming pokie Dragon Link at US$50 ($69) per spin. That is a substantial cost per spin, but the gamble paid off and then some. Her fateful spin saw the stars align and the massive jackpot paid out.

“All I wanted for Christmas was to hit that progressive jackpot. I still can’t believe my holiday wish came true,” the Florida millionaire said.

The casino celebrated the massive jackpot win by rewarding hundreds of other players. All 642 pokies players who had their player’s card inserted into a machine within 15 minutes of the massive jackpot received $100 of bonus free play.

This is the second massive jackpot from Dragon Link at a Seminole property in less than two months. The Dragon Link game is one of the most popular pokies in Seminole casinos. Paying out huge prizes makes you realise why.

Massive Jackpot Seeds at US$1 Million

Australian pokies creator Aristocrat Gaming only recently updated its Dragon Link machine. Seminole casinos requested a live pokie with a US$1 million jackpot. The Aussie developer obliged.

The original Dragon Link machine is a high denomination pokie. It attracts high rollers as a result in addition to jackpot chasers. This latest edition comes with stakes ranging from $25 up to $2,500. This makes the game more accessible to more players.

The game is linked exclusively at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood and the casino in Tampa. It launched in July 2021 with a massive jackpot of US$1 million.

“With more than 220 Dragon Link games currently installed across our Florida Hard Rock and Seminole Gaming properties, we are proud to offer this new high-denomination offering. This is a first of its kind for this game, and we are proud to offer a life-changing US$1 million dollar progressive jackpot payable on the spot,” CEO of Seminole Gaming, David Hoenemeyer, said.

Aristocrat’s Jon Hanlin explained how the US$1 million jackpot came about.

“As it has been with all Dragon Link games, player reception to the high-denom and mid-denom Dragon Link games has been overwhelmingly positive. Given that incredible player reaction, Seminole Gaming approached us with player feedback, and we worked together to turn on the US$1 million jackpot functionality in response.”

Aristocrat Hopeful of Online Gaming Acquisition

The massive jackpot hit at a time Aristocrat is looking to enter the world of online gaming. Aristocrat bid for the gambling software giant, Playtech. It offered 680 pence per share, a colossal 58% premium over Playtech’s closing share prize.

Purchasing all Playtech shares at that price does not come cheap, $3.9 billion to be exact. Aristocrat is using $1.1 billion in cash play an additional $2.8 billion in debt to fund the deal.

The Aussie pokies giant, which turned an $864 million profit last year, made an announcement on October 19.

“Aristocrat Leisure Limited toda announces the proposed acquisition of 100% of Playtech Plc for a cash offer price of 680 pence per share, by way of a scheme arrangement under the laws of the Isle of Man. The offer values Playtech’s entire issued and to be issued share capital at approximately £2.1 billion ($3.9 billion) on a fully diluted basis, and represents a premium of approximately 58% to the last closing price of Playtech on October 15 of approximately 429 pence.”

January 12, 2022, is when Aristocrat learns if its bid is successful.

Expect more news of massive jackpot machines in both the online casino and live casino world if successful.