The Mega Moolah slot machine has broken a world record as one lucky UK player from Cheshire triggered and incredible £13.3 million win on just a 25 pence bet!
Before we begin, we should point out that we have no inside news on how NetEnt feels about this win.
That said, we doubt that Jonathon Heywood cares about world records, now he’s got his hands on £13,213,838.68. We know we would be celebrating like it’s our last day on earth.
Except Jon isn’t like everyone. A soldier from Cheshire, he knows exactly how he’ll spend the money; on saving his father’s life.
What do you do the day after you win a life-changing amount?
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Jon went to work. Which may seem odd, until you understand that Jon is a 26 year old soldier who’s toured Afghanistan – ‘duty’ is pretty much ingrained in his personality.
In fact, he didn’t tell anyone for 3 whole days as the money sat in his Betway casino account. How could he? It just didn’t seem real.
“It’s all so surreal… I just kept staring at my screen and seeing this huge number in my Betway account”. Said the lucky winner.
Thank-fully Betway confirmed that, as was Microgaming’s policy, Jonathon would get the whole amount in one lump sum. It wasn’t a dream after all.
Unlike most of us, who would have no idea how to start spending 13.3 million, he knew exactly how he was going to use a slice of the money. He told BBC news that his father was awaiting a heart and lung transplant.
“The first thing I will spend it on is the best possible medical treatment for my dad. Family comes first and I’d give all this money back for him to be healthy again.”
Could the jackpot have gone to a more deserving guy?
That said, the best care in the world won’t make much of a dent on £13 million. So surely Jon has a few ideas of what he might do with the rest?
“I’m trying not to get carried away and I really don’t know what else I’m going to buy with the money,” he said excitedly “Apart from a yellow Bentley Continental GT. I never even dreamed of driving a Bentley, let alone owning one. I’ve got a Fiat Punto at the moment!”
And, once his dad gets the care he needs, he plans on getting all the relatives on a Mediterranean cruise for some well deserved rest.
In a very unusual twist of events.
The Mega Moolah slot rarely goes that high. We’ve been following it for years now, and it usually breaks at around the 5 million mark, on average. Rarely above 8, sometimes around 3.
All live changing, but not record-breaking.
What makes this win even more incredible was that it was on a 0.25 bet. The Mega Moolah game has always favoured larger betters when it comes to breaking one of it’s four jackpots.
But, proving that life and gambling truly is random, this particular win broke all the rules.
Not only did the jackpot climb higher than it’s ever gone before, but it was won on the minimum bet. Clearly, lady luck was on Jon’s side that night.
The crown use to sit very firmly on the most famous of NetEnt slots Mega Fortune. In fact, it was kinda their selling point. It held the Guinness World book of records for the biggest win on an online slot at €17,861,800.47.
The reason for our exact numbering is important.
Because whilst some of you might think that 13 million is less than 17 million, clearly you haven’t taken into account the currency exchange.
Microgaming has. Oh! Microgaming has… to the very last decimal point.
Converted, Jonathon’s win amounts to €17,879,645.12, using the exchange rate as at 7th October 2015 (source: Oanda).
That means that the Mega Moolah jackpot slot takes the crown by… 17,844.65 difference! So marginal, it’s almost laughable.
And whilst 18 thousand is no small sum, it is when you’re talking millions.
Like we said. If we were in the NetEnt office right now we’d be climbing walls with the unfairness of it all. After all, it’s not like they can do anything about it, except hope that either Mega Fortune or Mega Fortune Dreams keeps on climbing.
How that’s going to work, we don’t know. The biggest record we’ve ever tried to break is ‘longest weekend of binge watching Game of Thrones in our underwear’.
“We have the longest-standing progressive jackpot network, having launched the first internet progressive jackpot in 1998, as well as the biggest, having paid out over half a billion euros to date. I’m absolutely overjoyed to say that our software has generated the world’s largest ever online jackpot win. Many congratulations to Jonathon on this life-changing and historic win!” Stated Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming.
So yes, we’d bet our 3 day old underwear they are going to give it a good try. And depending on what currency exchange is used, they might just get it.
In any part of the world. So if a Fin had won it, it would have been €13.3 million, or if an Australian Au$13.3 – neither of which would have broken any records of any kind.
But it didn’t. It happened to Jon Heywood, from Cheshire, England.
One of the nicest soldiers you could meet, who paid his dues to society, and now has a chance to save his father.
We couldn’t make this up if we tried.
Whilst Mega Moolah is at 1 million, Mega Fortune, on the other hand, sits at a comfortable 3.4 million.
But a really exciting one is the MegaJackpot Cleopatra slot, which has gone past one million – just when it usually decides to burst.
And whilst none of these will break records, they would certainly make a huge difference to our lives, and most of our readers out there.
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