Dreams do come true, albeit very unexpectedly, as a young British soldier found out to his delight. Jon Heywood, from Crewe, Cheshire, was trying his luck at the immensely popular Mega Moolah slot game at the online site Betway.com when he was rewarded with a massive jackpot amounting to €17,879,645.12. This is one of the best progressive slot games available these days and it has quite a reputation for giving out good wins, although €17 million is definitely beyond the wildest expectations of most slot players.
The previous record for an online slot win was from Mega Fortune slot in 2013. The Mega Fortune game is from the Net Entertainment stable and its record pay out was lower than the existing one by around €18,000. This particular jackpot took place on Betsson.com. This record breaking win took place on the 7 October, but the news was broken three days later. It would have definitely taken a lot of self-control on the winner’s part to not crow about his win, but he did wait for the official announcement to be made before he came public with it. It goes without saying that it has taken him quite some time to get used to the fact that he is now a rich man!
The young man in question, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan with several tours under his belt, is very fond of playing slots online for relaxation and fun, and he tries out a number of games from time to time. Interestingly, he had wagered only 25p on the winning and had opened an account with £30, thinking that he would limit his gambling to that small amount. According to Heywood, the win happened within less than 10 minutes of playing!
The Mega Moolah jackpot starts at $1 million, but it climbs steadily as and when people play the game, with each person contributing to the total purse. The game is one of the most popular ones made by Microgaming, and it is found on many casinos that share the platform. While this particular win happened at Betway.com, the game is also available on other popular online casinos such as All Slots Casino, Jackpot City Casino and Slotty Vegas.
Microgaming CEO Roger Raatgever was present at the occasion when Heywood was presented with the cheque. He informed the media persons present at the occasion that the company has made payments amounting to half a billion euros so far, in progressive jackpot pay outs since 1998. As far as Jon Heywood is concerned, he doesn’t intent to blow up his money on many frivolous things (a beautiful new yellow Bentley Continental GT is certainly not a frivolous purchase). He will be spending money on his father’s long pending medical care and will also be treating his family members to a cruise on the Mediterranean.
Now that its jackpot has been emptied, the Mega Moolah game is on a new cycle and it has added $10,000 to its starting million, awaiting its next lucky winner.