K-man's pogo.com Informational Pages

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Cash Giveaways and Winners

A question I often see posed in the chat areas on pogo games is: "Does anyone ever really win the jackpots?" The answer is that yes, real people do really win the jackpot and the other prizes that are offered on pogo.com. In their "past winners" area, you can find out information about the winners including the player's nickname, date, amount, and the game/jackpot that they won.

I have kept track of some of these winners, and I present this page to summarize a few items that might be of interest (at least I myself may have wondered about these things). The information I'm presenting here I have gathered from the pogo winner's information for the last 5 months of the year 2000.

How much money pogo.com gives away

There are basically three ways that pogo currently gives away money and prizes (as per the writing of this document in January 2001):

For ease of discussion, I am excluding the prizes for the seasonal football games. Prizes include cash, pogo caps, a trip to the superbowl and other prizes. For more information, see the "How to Play" pages for these games on pogo.com.

Random Drawing Summaries

The daily, weekly, and monthly cash drawings break down as follows:

The Daily $50 Keno, Bingo, and Pocket Quiz drawings add an additional $4200 to $4650 per month.

The rules imply that the Bank Buster Lotto Second Chance drawing of $300 takes place every weekday (but my records show only 82 winners during the last 5 months of 2000 even though there were 107 weekdays during this time period). Assuming that there actually is a $300 BBLSC winner every weekday, this would add an additional $6000 to $6900 in winnings per month depending on the number of weekdays in a particular month.

In toto, pogo's random drawings amount to approximately between $13,600 and $16,350 per month.

Jackpot Summaries

There are 6 games that have jackpots: Slots, Video Poker, Blackjack, Turbo 21, Poppit, and Keno. (Note: the three different video poker games all share a single jackpot; similarly, the two slots games share a single jackpot).

The jackpots in these games increase at a rate of one penny every 10 seconds, or $86.40 per day. This is equivalent to between $2419.20 and $2,678.40 per month per jackpot. So the 7 jackpots combined amount to a total of between $14,515.20 and $16,070.40 per month.

The actual real amount is slightly higher than these numbers since each time a jackpot is won, it is reset to start at $50.00 rather than $0.00.

Bingo Jackpot

Pogo currently offers two types of jackpots: the jackpots for the Jackpot Bingo game increases at a rate of 50 cents per game. However, there are a number of separate games running at once, so the jackpot actually increases at a rate of about $18 per hour. On a monthly basis, this amounts to a bingo jackpot giveaway of about $13,000 per month.

Cash Giveaway Conclusion

So including only regular random drawings, bingo jackpots and jackpots from other games, pogo currently could expect to give away an approximate total of between $41,100 and $44,600 per month in cash prizes. (The actual total value of prizes as reported for the last 5 months of the year 2000 was about $190,000, very close to the approximate expected total).

Total annual cash giveaway based on these figures would be around $450,000 to $500,000 (likely a relatively trivial amount compared to the total cost of running the company!).

Has any one ever won something more than once?

The answer to this question is yes. For the last 5 months of 2000, there were 6 nicknames listed as having won two prizes: two players each won two daily pocket quiz drawings, two players each won two daily drawings, one player won a POGO Stuff Bundle and a daily drawing, and one player won two daily Bingo drawings.

To my knowledge, no player has ever won two jackpots (the odds against doing so are very high).