How can I increase my chances of winning a Mega Moolah Jackpot?
So far, 46 lucky people have claimed the top progressive jackpot prize on the Mega Moolah slot since it was first released. Indeed, there has been at least one winner in each of the four months of 2018 so far and the jackpot is already growing after being hit twice within the space of 48-hours during March.
Each of those lucky winners has claimed a prize of at least a million in their own currency, with the vast majority of these earning considerably more than that including the Guinness World Record holder for the largest online slot jackpot ever paid out, 26-year old Jon Heywood, who won over £13.2 million back in October 2015 on Microgaming's most famous game.
So what is it that these 46 lucky winners so far of the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot have done differently to the millions of other players in order for them to land the win, or is everything down to pure luck?
In short, how can you increase your chances, even very slightly, of becoming the next big Mega Moolah slot winner?
To begin to understand this, we need to first understand how a progressive jackpot works.
How the progressive jackpot builds and is won on Mega Moolah
The Mega Moolah slot is slightly different to other progressive games in that it doesn't have just one big progressive jackpot to be won, but four. The Mini, Minor, Major and Mega and it is the Mega which offers the million-plus wins (though the Major wins can run into several hundreds of thousand at times).
Like all progressive jackpot games, every time a player plays a spin on the game, a small percentage of their bet is added to the progressive jackpot fund and that means on this spin, the player is eligible to win the jackpot. On some games, you need to pay an extra 'jackpot' side bet to enter, or bet the maximum amount, but Mega Moolah is different in that every bet you make gives you a chance of the progressive jackpot prize.
When you spin the reels, you then set in motion the Random Number Generator (RNG). The RNG then picks a random number out of billions of possibilities. This then ascribes what symbols you land on the reels and whether it is a win or not. It also decides whether you trigger the Jackpot Bonus Wheel (which can trigger on any spin) to give you a chance of one of the four Mega Moolah jackpots.
If you do trigger the Jackpot Bonus, then you spin the Jackpot Wheel. On this bonus game you spin the wheel and the RNG again selects a number and will decide which of the four jackpots you win. You are most likely to win the Mini or Minor jackpots, with the Major jackpot and the Mega jackpot paid out far less frequently.
Now I know how the progressive jackpot works on Mega Moolah, how can I try to win it?
The first thing to accept with any progressive jackpot slot or game is that luck plays a massive role in deciding the winner. As with any game of chance, sometimes the gods of fortune will be on your side and at other times, they won't be. You have to accept that there is no certainty when it comes to winning any prize on a slot, even less so when it comes to a progressive jackpot.
However, that said, there are some small ways in which you can increase your chances of landing the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot prize.
- Maximise the amount of spins you play
On the Mega Moolah slot, opinion is divided as to what is the best way to play through, say £50 on the game. Some players prefer to wager a higher amount and have more chance of triggering the Jackpot Bonus on each spin, others prefer to wager the smallest amount (0.25) and have a greater number of spins.
From my personal point of view and based on my experience of playing the game, I feel that the better of these two options is to play more spins at a lower price when you have set your budget at, say, £50 or £100. Not only is this likely to extend the time you have to play the game, you get more chances to trigger the bonus game for the same amount of money and the fact that Mega Moolah is one of the few slots where you don't need to place a maximum bet to claim the top progressive prize means it is an opportunity that is too good to refuse.
Furthermore, by playing more spins, you have a chance to trigger some of the other wins you can land in the base game (and some of these standard slot wins can be extensive), which means if you hit lucky there you could even make a profit without triggering a progressive jackpot.
If your budget allows to play, say, £500 or more, I would definitely play the game at max bet because this has a slight advantage over lower wagers per spin with regards to triggering the jackpot bonus game. Every player is different and have varied budgets. With this in mind please play what you can afford.
- Budget and play often
While it is not sensible to blow your entire bankroll playing Mega Moolah each time you load the game up, a more sensible approach is to budget what you want to spend on the game and stick to that amount, regardless of whether you win money or not. Just because this is a massive progressive jackpot doesn't mean you should not gamble sensibly.
The other bonus you get when budgeting your money is that you can now play the slot more often, especially if you play the lower value spins. Quite simply, the more spins you play on the Mega Moolah slot in any given time period, the more chances you have of triggering that Jackpot Bonus Wheel and then the more chances you have of hitting the elusive jackpot.
- Use Jackpot Hot/Cold Measures as a Guide only
One of the most confusing things for some slots players is when in the casino lobby they see that a certain slot game is "hot" and ready to pay out a large sum of money, while another may be viewed as "cold" as it has just paid out a winner.
These ratings are based on the average time between payouts and the average payout size for a progressive jackpot. Of course, anything below the average and the slot is viewed as "cold" whereas if the jackpot creeps above the average amount, or the amount of time passes that is longer than the usual amount of time between pays, then this slot becomes "hot".
In truth, these are not indicators of when a slot is likely to pay out and that is best shown when Mega Moolah's massive Mega progressive jackpot was won twice in a 48-hour spell in March 2018. On every jackpot meter, this would have been an ultra-cold machine, having just paid out one winner, yet one lucky player from the UK landed another win just a day after the previous winner.
For me, I do take notice of the jackpot meters until one of the jackpot slots reaches a point where a very large amount of money is available to be won. I think then, it is prudent to invest time playing the slot as the jackpot will have to be won at some point and the amount of money available means that it is well worth playing at this point.
- Too busy to play, use Auto-play
If you haven't got the time to sit through all your spins and click the button yourself, then auto-play is a great way to play through your allotted spins and you can even set the amount of spins you want to play through using this feature, thus ensuring you won't go over budget on your session. Remember too, you can play Mega Moolah from your mobile device, which means you can now play on the move. Indeed, several of the most recent winners of the Mega Moolah top progressive prize have won their life-changing amount of money playing on their mobile.
- Take a longer-term view
Finally, your chances of landing a progressive jackpot are sadly very small, even if you follow all the advice given above. It is going to take all the above, plus a massive slice of good fortune for you to hit that massive Mega Moolah win.
So don't be disappointed if in your first week or month you don't land a bigger value win. Slots are games that often take time to get the better out of and by sensible budgeting, regular sensible play and a sprinkling of good fortune, you may be able to land a good value win from time to time.
And who knows, if the Mega Moolah gods shine favourably down upon you, you could even be the next big winner of this incredible progressive jackpot slot.
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