One of the largest progressive jackpots in all of casino gaming is the Mega Moolah, a product of Microgaming which can be accessed through online casinos running the company’s software suite.
This week saw the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot, which is connected across all Microgaming online casinos through specially branded Mega Moolah slot machine titles, top the $10 million mark.
In addition to the original Mega Moolah virtual slot machine title, players can find four additional games affiliated with the Mega Moola jackpot: Mega Moolah, which boasts a wild African safari theme, the American-themed Mega Moolah 5 Reel Drive, the Eqyptian-themed Mega Moolah Isis, and Mega Moolah Summertime with its vacation holiday theme.
Every single spin on one of these games contributes a fractional amount of the total wager to the progressive Mega Moolah jackpot total, which always begins with a guaranteed $1 million seed from Microgaming.
While the jackpot regularly reaches the high seven-figures, cracking the eight-figure plateau by eclipsing $10 million is a relatively rare occurrence in the Mega Moolah’s 10-year history.
Known affectionately as the “Millionaire Maker” among online slot enthusiasts, the Mega Moolah most recently paid out a similarly massive amount in June of this year, when New Zealand native Rawiri Pou scored an incredible NZ$10 million win. In April of 2015 a Canadian player identified only as “Mark” won CA$7.5 million.
In October of 2015 the Mega Moolah awarded the world’s largest online slot machine jackpot ever, as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. While playing on the Betway online casino platform for just 25 pence per spin, a former soldier in the British Army by the name of Jon Heywood won €17,880,900 – which equated to $20,066,800 using the conversion rates at that time. At the time, a spokesperson for Guinness certified Heywood’s big win as the biggest in the history of online slots:
“I’m pleased to confirm that that the Guinness World Records title for the largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game (nominal) is €17,880,900 ($20,066,800, £13,213,838), which was won by Jon Heywood, while playing Mega Moolah on Betway’s website. And Jon is certainly in the moolah now, thanks to his exceptional stroke of luck.”
Slot titles running the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot program rely on a four-tiered bonus structure, with players spinning in the base game and hoping to land the right combination of symbols in order to generate a free spins bonus round. While players betting any amount have an opportunity to trigger the randomly generated Mega Moolah wheel, betting the maximum increases one’s odds significantly.
Once the Mega Moolah jackpot round has been randomly activated, players spin a “Wheel of Fortune” style wheel which features 20 spaces in total. Sixteen of the spaces offer basic credit prizes or free spins, while the other four spaces signify one of the four Mega Moolah jackpot tiers: Mini, Minor, Major, and Mega.
The Mini jackpot begins with a $10 seed, the Minor with $100, the Major with $10,000, and the Mega starts out at $1 million upon resetting.
Among the more popular online casino platforms utilizing Microgaming software are Roxy Palace, Royal Vegas, All Slots, and Wild Jackpots, but the company powers more than 60 reputable brands serving customers around the world.