Luck is On Your Side at Golden Nugget Online


If you’re a player, luck is on your side this weekend. At least, there’s a great chance it could be because this casino’s latest giveaway is one of the biggest of the year of any of the NJ online casinos. $10,000 in bonus play is up for grabs, to be shared by 500 players! Read on to find out how you can be one of them.

How to Earn Entries into the Luck is on Your Side Giveaway

The period for earning entries started Friday, December 1 and continues until 11:59 p.m. tonight, Sunday, December 3. If you haven’t yet opted in and started earning entries, or if you want to add more entries to those you already have, you still have time. But you will have to hurry. By midnight tonight, the promotion period will be over!

If you’re not already opted in, the first thing you need to do is log into your account, claim the offer, make a deposit of at least $20, and wager it 1x. Your initial $20 deposit and wager of same will automatically give you one entry into the drawing.

However, if you wish, you can earn additional entries simply by depositing and wagering more money. For each additional $100, you deposit and wager, you will earn five additional entries into the drawing. You do not need to deposit the full amount in one shot; you can make multiple deposits if you prefer. As long as the money is deposited and wagered once before midnight tonight, you are good to go!

Make Sure All of Your Deposited and Wagered Money Counts

It is not entirely clear whether you earn additional entries for additional deposits and wagers of $20 or multiples of $20, or only blocks of five entries for each $100 deposited and wagered.  It would be a shame to have any deposited and wagered money go to waste, so I suggest playing it safe and making your initial deposit exactly $20, $100, or a multiple of $100. Thereafter, any additional deposits should be either $100 or a multiple of $100 and not some in between number.

Also, it would be pointless to deposit any money you’re not also prepared to wager. For example, if you deposit $300, don’t make the mistake of only wagering $250 of it. You might as well receive the maximum number of entries possible for your deposit.

Lastly, keep track of your wagers, and if money is tight, don’t keep playing after wagering your deposit once. Unless you make an additional deposit, you have already earned all the entries you are going to get.

What You Can Win if Luck is On Your Side

On Tuesday, December 5, a random drawing will be held to determine all of the winners. As mentioned, a whopping $10,000 is being given away, but most importantly, 500 players will get to share in it!  All of the prizes are in the form of bonus funds added to the player’s account. The table below shows what you can win if luck is on your side.

  • 1st place: $1,000 bonus
  • 2nd-3rd place: $500 bonus
  • 4th-7th place: $200 bonus
  • 8th-18th place: $100 bonus
  • 19th-146th place: $20 bonus
  • 147th-500th place: $10 bonus

Additional Wagering Requirements for the Bonus

If you’re one of the 500 winners, you won’t be able to withdraw your bonus immediately, as additional wagering requirements apply. You can play any game you wish, just like with the qualifying deposit, but this time only slots count 100% and all other games only count 20%. The additional wagering requirements are as follows:

Slots: 1x bonus

All Other Games: 5x bonus

You have 7 days to complete the wagering requirements. As soon as this has been done, both the bonus itself and any winnings therefrom become available for withdrawal. However, premature withdrawal or failure to complete the wagering within the allotted time will result in both the bonus and any associated winnings being forfeited.

Is Luck Really on Your Side in This Promotion?

This is a complicated question, with a lot depending on the luck of the draw. However, the more entries you have, the better your chances.

500 Chances to Win

This promotion shares an important feature in common with any random drawing where a prize is not guaranteed. Not every participant will be a winner. In this case, there is a chance that you not only don’t win during the initial play to earn entries, but also in the drawing itself. Or luck could really be on your side and you could be a three times winner: in your initial play, in the drawing, and in your post-drawing play to clear the bonus. The great feature of this promotion is that you have 500 chances to have your name picked in the drawing. So your odds are much better than in most random drawings.

The Promotion Favors High Rollers, but Small Players Still Have a Chance

This promotion would be better if there were a cap placed on the number of entries per player. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any limit at all, so individuals with deep pockets who can easily afford to deposit and wager thousands of dollars during the promotion period are at a big advantage.

Given that scenario, if only a handful of prizes were being given away, I would have to say that those whose available funds preclude earning any more than a few entries at most would probably be wasting their time. But the huge number of prizes makes a significant difference.  Of course, this is assuming the same player cannot win more than one prize. Hopefully, that is the case although the stipulation is not clearly spelled out in the terms and conditions.

Under no circumstances should you consider depositing and wagering more than you can comfortably afford just to earn additional entries. If you can afford to deposit and wager a multiple of $100, you should so so, as each extra $100 will give you five extra entries. Otherwise, it is recommended that you deposit and wager $100, which will still give you five entries.

Clearing the Bonus

The sizes of the prizes range from very small ($10 in bonus money) to very large ($1,000 in bonus money). With the luck of the draw, anything can happen, however. A penny slot player or $5 table game player could win one of the top prizes, just as a huge player could win a $10 bonus.

Despite the name of this promotion, there is a very strong likelihood that any prize you do win will be small since 482 of the 500 prizes being given away are only $10 or $20. That is another reason why it is foolish to bet way more than usual to earn extra entries.

On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough to snag one of the top prizes, your fantastic luck is about to become even better. The additional wagering requirements are very reasonable: only 1x the bonus for slots or 5x the bonus for any other game. Because these wagers can be spread out over an entire week, clearing the bonus, whatever it may be, should not be difficult.


 Luck may or may not be on your side in the current Luck is On Your Side Giveaway at But there’s only one way to find out and that’s to opt in and see what happens. With 500 prizes up for grabs, it’s worth a shot. Your luck might even be Golden.




Barbara Nathan
Barbara Nathan is both a professional writer and casino, poker, and sports betting expert. Originally from NYC, she relocated to Absecon, NJ in 2013 just prior to the official launch of New Jersey regulated online casino and poker gambling. Besides keeping tabs on important developments in the industry from day 1, Barbara is very familiar with what each NJ online casino has to offer. Her comprehensive, unbiased reviews and promotion descriptions provide a valuable service to NJ online casino players. Barbara also enjoys volunteering in the Atlantic City community. She is a certified literacy tutor at the Atlantic City Public Library.

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