How does Mega Moolah work?
There is no doubt that the Mega Moolah slot is a very different animal to your typical slot game. Your standard slot won't typically offer a guaranteed prize of over 1 million in your particular currency!
Nor will a typical slot attract quite so many players as the Mega Moolah slot and of course, the game itself will be set up somewhat differently to Microgaming's most popular progressive jackpot game.
One question that slots gamers do frequently ask themselves is just how does Mega Moolah work? How can a slot game offer such high prizes consistently when other games, even popular slots, just cannot offer such prizes? How can the Mega Moolah jackpot grow so quickly at times and how can it differ from a win of just over the minimum seed amount of 1,000,000 to the jackpot prize of over 20 million won in January 2019?
So in this article, we are going to explain how Mega Moolah works with an 'under the hood' look of the mechanics of the game. This is not a look at how the game plays and how you can win the top prizes. You can find plenty of articles on that on www.megamoolah.com already. Instead, we're going to delve into the structure and internal workings of the slot to explain how it can offer such incredible large cash prizes so often.
The Mega Moolah slot set up
The basic structure of a slot game is a game that has a stated number of reels and pay lines, a bonus game or feature or two, a jackpot prize (the maximum prize you can win playing the game) and a number of other prizes below the jackpot prize down to the very small prizes.
It is helpful then to think of the structure of the Mega Moolah slot as being the same as a standard slot, but with one additional feature added onto it, the four progressive jackpot prizes you can win playing the Jackpot Bonus Game.
By adding this feature to the basic slot, you inherently change the structure of the slot and also how it needs to be funded and how much of those funds need to be allocated to different pots of money for the slot. By that I mean that you need to fund all the standard base game wins from the money wagered, as well as a contribution to all the four progressive jackpot funds on top of the small contribution to the casino running costs.
Furthermore, you also need to ensure that the internal workings of the slot, most notably its random number generator (RNG), has enough variance and potential combinations within it to ensure that not only does Mega Moolah function as a standard slot game, offering all the same bonuses and wins you would get on a typical slot, but it also has to account for the progressive jackpot bonus game too.
As such, you will find that the RNG on the Mega Moolah slot will have many billions of potential options and that how the RNG is used by the slot differs depending on whether the slot is playing base game spins or is spinning the Jackpot Bonus Wheel.
It is one thing setting this up structurally as a Mega Moolah slot and then the next thing is to ensure the game is balanced and offers the casino a small profit, while still ensuring that players can land wins in the base game and see those progressive jackpot prizes increase and size and on occasion, be won.
Your wager and what it funds
One of the most appealing aspects about the Mega Moolah slot, which makes it different to many other progressive jackpot games, is that it can be played and won for a relatively small wager. Play the Major Millions slot from Microgaming for example, and your minimum bet to land the progressive jackpot prize is 3.00. On Mega Moolah, that minimum bet is just 0.25.
Now, an astute slot player would then think to themselves that there is little point in playing for more than 0.25 on the game, but they would be incorrect as on Mega Moolah, your chances of triggering the Jackpot Bonus game increase proportionally with any increase in the size of your bet. So for example, if you wager 0.50 per spin on Mega Moolah, you will have twice as much chance of landing the Jackpot Bonus Game than if you wager 0.25 per spin.
This scalability makes Mega Moolah a perfect progressive slot to play for all players as higher rollers can wager more per spin, while smaller stakes gamers can make a minimum bet knowing they still have a chance of claiming that massive Mega jackpot prize.
The other thing to note about your wager which is crucial to Mega Moolah's success is what it is used for. On a standard slot your wager is split two ways, the majority goes into the slot game to pay out winners and a small percentage goes to the casino as its profit for running the game.
On a progressive slot like Mega Moolah, your wager is split three ways. Firstly, you have your contribution to the standard Mega Moolah game (which is where the majority of your cash goes), secondly you also have a small contribution which you make to each of the four progressive jackpot funds in the game and finally, there is the smaller contribution still which is the casino's profit.
The RTP of Mega Moolah
Given that a significant amount of each wager on the Mega Moolah slot is required to fund the four progressive jackpot prizes, a smaller amount of money therefore goes towards the standard game cash prizes and as such, to allow for this, the Return to Player (RTP) percentage of the game is slightly lower than other games at just under 90 percent.
In short, this means that you may not see as much of your wagers returned to you or other players as winnings in the base game as on some slots, but instead you have four progressive jackpot prizes to play for, one of them offering a life-changing amount of money and another offering a significant cash prize too.
It is essential that the Mega Moolah slot is balanced in this way for it to work. If the base game paid out more money, then the game would see casinos lose money when offering the game and as such, no casino would run with it. Offer less than this, and the base game would be so punitive to slot players that it would not be appealing to play.
The game is so finely tuned that it offers players a chance to win up to 225,000 coins in the base game alongside four progressive jackpot prizes, two of which can easily eclipse this amount of money and one of those is guaranteed to be at least a million, if not considerably more.
It is this perfect balance between different prizes in the base game and Jackpot Bonus game, together with how the wager contribution is divided between these pots and the amount of wins the game pays out, that makes the Mega Moolah slot one of the greatest and most popular online slots available to play today.
Part of that massive appeal is just how that huge Mega jackpot prize can be won, on any spin, by any player anywhere in the world.
The random nature of the Jackpot Bonus game
In addition to the low cost to play to win the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot, what also appeals to players is how the progressive jackpot prizes are awarded. Unlike some other slot games, where the progressive can only be won by landing certain symbols on certain lines, or by activating a special bonus game and then achieving a certain feat within that bonus game, you can win the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot prizes on any spin.
That is because the Jackpot Bonus Wheel game can be triggered on any spin at random, regardless of whether your spin is a winner or not. Each time you spin the reels, you also are in with a chance of triggering the Jackpot Bonus game. You may not win on your spin, but if you manage to get lucky and trigger the bonus feature, then you are going to walk away with one of the four progressive jackpot prizes.
When the bonus loads up you are presented with a wheel which is divided into sectors and each sector is given a colour that corresponds to one of the four Mega Moolah progressive jackpot prizes. These range in size from the smaller Mini and Minor prizes, to the larger Major and finally the Mega jackpot prize, which is the one everybody wants to win.
In this feature you spin the wheel and when it comes to a stop, the sector that the pointer lands on will be the progressive jackpot prize you win.
It's tempting to think that your chances of winning the Mega jackpot are much higher due to how the wheel is presented on screen, but in actual fact this is only a representation. Once again the spin is decided by the RNG and once again there are a lot of possible outcomes and only a very small percentage of these will result in a Mega jackpot win.
This means that most of the time the Mini and Minor jackpots will be won, with the occasional Major jackpot also won from time to time. The Mega jackpot is won comparatively rarely compared to the three other progressive prizes.
Once again, the game has been delicately structured to ensure it can sustain itself. If the Mega jackpot was won too often, the game might diminish the appeal of the slot for many players.
As you can clearly see, there has been a huge amount of thought and planning (not to mention serious mathematics) gone in to ensuring the Mega Moolah slot is set up to ensure it can offer these huge prizes and make instant millionaires. It is this perfect balance which has made the slot one of the most popular in the world today.
That is how the Mega Moolah slot works and it is perhaps, the reason it is a game that enjoys immense popularity all around the globe.
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