Slot jackpots offered at New Jersey casinos could grow as the state announced Wednesday that it has approved progressive jackpots tied to other states.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement announced approval for International Game Technology to operate a multi-jurisdictional slot system.

Atlantic City has offered wide-area progressive slot jackpots played from slot machines located in two or more casinos linked together in the resort since 1989.

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"We hope to now see even larger progressive jackpots with the link to wide-area progressives in other states," DGE Director David Rebuck said. "With competition from surrounding states, the increase in slot machine jackpots will make Atlantic City more appealing to players."

Joe Sigrist, International Game Technology's vice president of game development and global project management, said the links will result in more winners more frequently.

"Imagine the excitement of progressive game play across multiple states, watching the jackpot build as players in the hottest casinos are joined together in their quest for the big win," Sigrist said.

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