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Ask the Slot Expert: How Do "Guaranteed to Hit" Jackpots Work?7 December 2011
By John Robison
Thanks for the kind words.
These "guaranteed to hit" jackpots are decided outside of the usual reel-spinning game. As you point it, it is illegal to not display the result selected by the RNG.
A system separate from the slot machines administers the jackpot. The system randomly chooses a trigger amount between the minimum and maximum levels chosen by the casino. As players play the machines that participate in the jackpot, a percentage of each bet is added to a running total maintained by the jackpot system. The player who pushes the running total equal to or greater than the trigger amount is the one who wins the jackpot. After the jackpot is won, the system chooses a new trigger amount, zeroes the running total, and the process starts over.
Best of luck in and out of the casinos,
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