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$21.7 Million Mega Moolah Jackpot is Biggest Online Progressive Payout Ever

Microgaming’s Mega Moolah mega-jackpot has finally toppled. The record-setting €18,915,872.81 ($21.7 million) prize was hit on Friday, September 28 by an anonymous gambler playing at Grand Mondial Casino, part of the Casino Rewards group of online casinos.

The Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot Wheel (here showing a previous jackpot win) has created some millionaires in its time. Last week’s $21.7 million winner did it on a 75 cents bet in fewer than 50 spins. (Microgaming)

The win significantly eclipses the previous record for an online slot jackpot, which was also held by Mega Moolah – the $13.2 million won by British Army lance corporal John Heywood in May 2015. That figure today is worth around $17 million, but at the time — before the pound plunged on Brexit — it was actually worth just over $20 million.

While we don’t know the name or location of the latest lucky winner, Casino Rewards promotion manager Emma Hall revealed that they won the jackpot on a 75 cents bet in fewer than 50 spins.

One in 50 Million

Gamblers began to take notice several weeks ago as the jackpot climbed beyond $21 million — higher than it had ever reached before. Progressive slots use pooled jackpots linked across numerous casinos, with a small amount of each player’s bets across the network going into the pool so that it builds and builds until hit. No one had won Mega Moolah’s progressive jackpot since June 24.

The odds of hitting a progressive jackpot are difficult to determine because there are many variables, such as the number of machines, slots format, waging thresholds and so on — although it has been speculated it’s around one in 50 million.

While Mega Moolah is closing the gap, the largest slot payouts still occur in live casinos. The largest ever remains the $39.7 million win at MGM’s Excalibur in Las Vegas on a $100 Megabucks slot.

New-Level Payout

While Mega Moolah will receive an updated entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest ever online slot payout, the biggest ever online gambling payout eclipses it by some margin. The accolade goes to secondary lottery site, Lottoland.

Earlier this year, Lottoland paid out an incredible €90,000,000 ($103 million) to a German cleaning lady who placed a winning “bet” on the Eurojackpot draw. Secondary lotteries allow players to take part in mirror versions of lotteries from around the world by betting on what they think the numbers will be.

If their numbers come up, they will win exactly the same jackpot as they would have had they been participating in the actual lottery. Lottoland is able to pull this off by insuring itself against huge jackpots.

 

Philip Conneller

Global and Tribal Gaming, Casino Business, International Crime, UK Gaming---- In Philip Conneller’s seven years with Casino.org, he has covered the gaming industry from Las Vegas to Macau and everything in between. Previously the original features editor for poker’s Bluff US and editor for Bluff Europe (which he helped launch), he has also written for iGaming Business, eGaming Review, and numerous other industry news sites. His news stories for Casino.org have been linked by the Washington Post, the Daily Mail, People Magazine, and Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, among many others. Philip lives outside of London with his wife and children, and frequently travels to the EU. Email: philip.conneller@casino.org

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