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Ways to #landthegrand or Major on Lightning Link and Dragon Link

Dragon Link by Aristocrat Hold and Spin feature
Written by Joshua

Lightning Link and its cousin, Dragon Link, offers four jackpots, with the two most exciting being the Major and the Grand. Some players don’t understand the various ways that a Major or Grand can be won.

Because the jackpots are on the rare side, some haven’t experienced the various ways things can happen, so let’s talk about it in today’s post.

Winning the Grand

Lightning Link by Aristocrat Grand Jackpot

Most players know that landing all 15 symbols will automatically pay the Grand Jackpot, on top of what’s on the balls/lanterns/chips/whatnot that were collected in all 15 symbols.

What many don’t realize is that it can also be won randomly. It’s there in the paytable – “Grand Jackpot may be won randomly after any bought game where 0-5 symbols appear” tells you all you need to know.

Given how rare the Grand is to begin with, it’s unlikely this is seen often in the wild in a casino, but the fact that it exists is a bit exciting.

Lightning Link by Aristocrat lantern prizes

Where it doesn’t exist, and some players get confused by this, is on a ball/lantern/chip/whatnot. Elsewhere in the paytable, it tells you what the possible prizes are. Aside from 1-100x your credits bet, you can have a Mini, Minor or Major… but no Grand. So if you’re hoping a Grand will land on any random space, it unfortunately will not happen.

Winning the Major

Unlike the Grand, we know the Major can appear on a space. But it too can also be won randomly, and it’s no less exciting when it happens. And fortunately, since the Major is a bit easier to win than the Grand, there’s at least some video evidence of this one.

See Diana Evoni win one on her channel; you can catch it around 4:15:

Watch and Learn

RandomSlots is a great channel for seeing the pay tables along with gameplay. The screenshots here were derived from the video below, but they are consistent with all the Lightning Link and Dragon Link families of games.

About the author


My name is Joshua, and I’m a 30-something who works in tech as a marketer by day, and dabbles in casinos periodically during off-times. Know Your Slots will reflect my interests in understanding the various ways you can play slots, games that give you a potential edge, casino promotions and systems and how you can get the most out of it.


  • Hi Joshua,
    Do you by chance know the payout maximum on the Lightning Link, Dragon Links, Dancing Drums and Lock It Links for the higher limit Denominations? I know LL is $1000 on lower ones as well as Lock It…I am not able to find this anywhere.

    Thanks so much and good lock on your slot endeavors 🙂

    • Hi Nancy! Generally speaking the high limit Lightning Link starts at dime denomination, so you just add a 0 – so Majors start at $5k and go to $10k.

      Dancing Drums has no upper limits generally, but the starting amounts are usually $10,000 for the grand on pennies, and would therefore be $50k on nickels and $100k on dimes. (Dancing Drums is fixed to a single denomination.) The major starts at $800 on pennies, and so would be $4k and $8k on nickels and dimes, accordingly.

      Finally, Dragon Link only has one version since both low limit and high limit denominations are on the same machine – I haven’t seen an example of it starting at a higher number. (If anyone out there has, please share!) So the Majors and Grands will follow the low-limit Lightning Link – $500-$1k majors and a Grand starting at $10k.

      I hope this helps – if not feel free to reply with any more questions and I’ll be happy to further assist!

  • Hi Joshua
    I’ve noticed or what seems to happen is people betting $2.5 – $5 a spin or higher
    appear to hit the majors. Compared to myself playing the minimum 50 cent bet. Now after all these years back in February I did hit 2 majors on 2 different machines within 45 minutes with just the minimum 50 cent bets. Do you believe there Is there any truth to this?

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