With the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot continuing to grow by the minute, the iconic online slot from Microgaming is poised to break its own world record for largest payout.
Currently, the “Mega” portion of Mega Moolah’s four-tiered progressive jackpot stands at $17,235,788 and counting. And with the jackpot climbing by approximately one penny per second, the next player to trigger the randomly awarded Mega win will put the name in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mega Moolah Set Current Jackpot Record in 2015
Back in October of 2015, 26-year old British soldier Jon Heywood found himself playing Mega Moolah for £0.25 per spin on the Betway online casino.
When the random bonus wheel game appeared onscreen, Heywood spun his way to the Mega jackpot – collecting £13,213,838 in the process. At the time, the Guinness Book of World Records certified Heywood’s winning spin as the largest online slot jackpot ever dispensed:
“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.
And Jon is certainly in the moolah now, thanks to his exceptional stroke of luck.”
Current Jackpot Total on Verge of Topping Heywood’s Win
The Mega Moolah website lists the current Mega jackpot payout at $17,235,788.
Given the current conversion rate between U.S. dollars and British pounds sterling, that jackpot comes to £13,097,475 – or just £116,363 away from setting a new world record. According to the Mega Moolah website, the jackpot grows at a pace of £3 million per month, so it should only be a matter of days until a new Guinness mark is established.
And while most players will have their sights set on a record-breaking eight-figure windfall, Microgaming’s flagship online slot has been paying out seven-figure sums all year.
Per the Mega Moolah website, a player at the Grand Mondial Casino took home a €4,603,056.85 jackpot on April 19.
The Mega jackpot’s first strike of 2018 occurred on January 14, when a Zodiac Casino spinner pocketed €2,424,117.20 in prize money. One month later, a player at the Royal Vegas Casino claimed €4,769,344.11 for triggering the Mega jackpot.
On March 8, the Captain Cook’s Casino scooped €4,365,843.63 on the Mega Moolah game.
David Reynolds, a games publisher at Microgaming, issued the following statement to celebrate a year of big winners:
“We all thought 2017 would be a hard year to top after the network paid out over €150 million in jackpots, but 2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network!
Multi-millionaires have been made each month so far and we are incredibly proud to offer the largest progressive jackpot network in the industry.”
Mega Moolah Has Made It Rain for Over a Decade
Launched in 2006, the Mega Moolah slot from Microgaming is a five-reel, 25-payline game based around an African safari theme.
Players spin to win base game prizes, along with the four jackpot tiers – Mini, Minor, Major, and Mega. The Mini jackpot is seeded with 10 dollars (or the commensurate local currency), while the Minor ($100), Major ($10,000), and Mega ($1 million) seeds escalate in kind.
While playing the base game, a randomly triggered bonus round offers players the chance to spin a jackpot wheel, with one of the four tiers guaranteed to pay.
Mega Moolah offers by far the largest online slot jackpot on the market, but competitors like NetEnt are making inroads with major progressive jackpot games like Divine Fortune, which recently distributed the largest online slot payout in New Jersey history.