What to Do When You Win Big for the First Time

What to Do When You Win Big for the First Time

It might take a while, but eventually you’re going to hit the big one. Maybe it will be a killer bonus feature, a perfect set of reels, or even an elusive progressive jackpot. But no matter what it is, how you react will make all the difference.

Step 1: Breathe

I’ve hit a few jackpots in my time at online casinos, and each time it’s totally surreal. You just never see it coming. It’s hard to fathom just how much richer you got in the blink of an eye, and it’s incredibly easy to just keep playing.

But take a moment. Back away from your computer or phone for a minute or two. Take a deep breath. You won. Really! That money is yours right now, guaranteed. There’s no telling what will happen going forward, so make sure you stay in control of your windfall.

Now take another breath and log back into the casino.

Step 2: Request a withdrawal

After a big win, it’s easy to tell yourself that you just want to play a little. But when you inevitably hit a losing streak, you might find yourself chasing those “lo­sse­s”. And that’s never a good thing.

So make sure that can’t happen! Before you even open up another game, go right into the cashier and cash out the majority of your jackpot… or even all of it. The casino sure isn’t going anywhere. Remember: you got way luckier than you imagined – don’t press your luck!

Step 3: Make a plan for your winnings and put it into action

Unless you have a goal for your windfall, it’s easy to end up depositing it back over the next couple of weeks. Don’t let that happen! Think about what you could do with that much cash. What have you been putting off because your budget wouldn’t allow for it? Maybe you’ve been thinking about taking a vacation, doing a home project, or just hitting a savings goal.

Using the cash for something memorable will make your win feel even more satisfying over time

Visualize yourself doing that with your money. Then, do it! Using the cash for something memorable will make your win feel even more satisfying over time.

Step 4: Consider taking a break from gaming for a few days

When you start losing after a big win, it can take away some of the awesomeness you felt. The best way to prevent this from happening is to take a short break from the casino. It’s up to you how long you want this breather to be. Our rule of thumb? Only play again when you don’t feel like your big win is still part of your “ba­nkr­oll­”.

Online casinos make taking breaks so, so easy now. There’s no reason not to take advantage of the built-in cool down option in many casino cashier pages.

Step 5: Don’t expect another big win anytime soon

It happens, but odds are you aren’t going to hit a back-to-back jackpot. It’s okay to be hopeful, but don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you’re destined to be a lifetime winner. Just remember that gaming is supposed to be about having fun and you won’t have any problem!