Is Mega Moolah fake or real and legit?
When you are completing any form of financial transaction online, whether that is depositing in a bank account, buying something or gambling online, you want to be 100 percent sure that the site you are intending to use for those purposes are completely fair, honest and offer you and your money security.
Barely a week goes by nowadays without hearing tales of people who complain about losing their money in scams of sorts.
While these issues are a concern for any individual with an online presence, they are also a concern too for the many millions of businesses that operate legally and fully above board online. They know that these fake sites, smear stories and allegations of corruption or worse, harm people's faith in playing online.
This is bad enough if you are in an industry such as the retail sector for example, but when it comes to online gambling and in particular online casino's, then it can be an even greater problem. All it takes is one disgruntled player, who doesn't win the jackpot, to start spreading false rumours. Often this is the case where the player has fallen for a typical click bait type of scam.
Of course, for scammers and fakes, the best targets are the most popular games and without doubt one of the most popular slot games online at the moment is the Mega Moolah slot from the UK based Microgaming. As a result, this has led to some rather questionable practices and even led to some individuals stating that the people winning the Mega Moolah jackpot prizes are fake and that Microgaming casinos are not legit.
A little investigation into this matter reveals the key reasons why people think this, and while it is relatively easy to prove that they are wrong (as we will show you later in the article when we show you why you can be sure Mega Moolah is licenced and 100 percent real and legitimate).
And the main culprit of this has nothing to do with Microgaming casinos or the Mega Moolah slot game itself, but instead it is all to do with some website owners deciding to adopt more questionable methods of advertising to drum up new customers for their sites.
The curse of scam advertising
Without doubt the biggest complaint about Mega Moolah is, somewhat oddly, to do with the advertisements people have noticed to promote the game (or more accurately, the casino at which the game can be played).
It is important to note that while Microgaming will license their game to reputable and government licenced casinos, Microgaming do not have any say over how the casino chooses to advertise the game. Critically too, the casino in question cannot alter any aspect of the Mega Moolah slot on their site. So what you will play will be the real, legitimate, safe and secure Mega Moolah progressive jackpot slot.
However, some websites have decided to engage in forms of advertising pertaining to the game itself that can be misleading. These are known by some as 'click bait' and the way they try to get people to click on the article is by making outlandish claims which will pique a readers interest and get them to click on the article in question.
The whole point here is to note that when website owners choose to engage in this form of advertising then it is likely that the content of the advertisement is likely to be either:
- Completely false and made up.
- Only partially true with significant aspects of the narrative made up to suit the advertiser.
- A purposely distorted version of the true story.
A fine example of this is one casino, that will remain unnamed, which used click bait on a story regarding a Canadian fast-food worker who won the Mega Moolah's Major jackpot (of around CA$362,000) and who then was able to quit her job and improve her life.
Another case a few years back was a story about a refugee in Sweden winning millions in the Mega Moolah. There was no such win but the story made some news. One Swedish newspaper contacted MegaMoolah.com for a quote, which is how we found about it.
Now given that jackpot winners on Mega Moolah have their privacy kept. It can be difficult to know what is a true story and which is not. This is why gamblers should visit MegaMoolah.com. We display stats on the jackpots won, the averages per year, the hit frequencies and other pieces of data so users can see what's real and what isn't. We also write about the winners and post news.
Other click bait scams target players who want to play for free, or play on the house (no deposit offers). Being a progressive jackpot the Mega Moolah game cannot be played for free or in demo mode. Players must play with real money because from every single bet a small seed is placed into the progressive pool. Microgaming puts 1 million in into the pool, the rest is generated by players' bets.
Another click bait scam on Android mobiles are the so-called "Mega Moolah apps". There is no app. It is highly recommended to NOT install such apps, which can unfortunately be found in the Google Play store.
These are just some examples of how a scam adverts work but also how people can then misinterpret from this. Yes the advertisement itself may not have much truth to it (and what truth there is, may well be distorted) but the truth is no one has control over this. Players need to take responsibility over their actions online and learn how to spot click baiting and scams. If uncertain, players can always contact MegaMoolah.com to double check if the offer is authentic.
A leap of illogical thinking
This is the leap of illogical thinking that many people take when they see scam advertisements such as these, or read a click bait articles pertaining to a casino or Mega Moolah. They feel that because the advert is clearly not true, or makes outlandish claims, that this means that the casino is corrupt or that the game itself is fake.
As we have clarified previously, no one has control over the forms of advertising used on the internet. But for those that engage in this form of advertising, it is not the fact that the advertising is false or misleading that is their primary concern, it is trying to convince players to click through to their websites and bring traffic and sign up and play the game. If this click bait leads to new sign ups then some will engage in this form of advertising.
Why Mega Moolah is legit
The easy way to tell that the Mega Moolah game is legitimate and real, is to simply investigate the company behind the game, which is Microgaming, and how it has been rigorously checked by an independent authority in the gaming industry.
ECOGRA are a body that will check out the software of a casino and the games it hosts to ensure that the casino is offering a player a safe place to play (in terms of maintaining the security of the site so the players information is safe online) and also a fair game (in terms of games offering players the stated chance to win).
What ECOGRA do for games like Mega Moolah is to take the software from the developer and then play on the software, not just for a few hundred or even thousands of spins, but many millions of spins. It is only by doing this that they can verify the claims made by the company regarding the potential pay out of the slot, the size of the jackpots and similar.
By simulating so many spins of the slot and analysing the programming of the slot and the Random Number Generator that powers it, ECOGRA can then certify that a game is set up as the developer says it is and this certification allows slot gamers to be confident that the game they are going to play offers them a fair chance of winning.
Of course, Microgaming has its own ECOGRA certification and is a member of that organisation, as well as the Remote Gambling Association and the company also adheres to the strict gambling conditions imposed by the Gambling Commission in the UK and the Malta Gaming Authority, both of which have awarded Microgaming licenses.
All these authorities have their own rigorous testing processes to ensure that the games offered by companies like Microgaming are safe and fair for players to play. Indeed, Microgaming are one of the few companies to be allowed by eCOGRA to display their Certified Software Seal.
The Mega Moolah winners
Another way you can clearly see that the Mega Moolah slot is legit is in the fact that there have been numerous documented winners of the big Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot prize over the years. While a good number of these winners have elected to remain anonymous (which is their right and a choice they make following their win), a smaller number of winners have gone public with the news.
There is plenty of photographic and video evidence of winners receiving their cash prizes, perhaps none more so than Jon Heywood's historic record-breaking win back in October 2015. Not only was Mr Heywood's win documented at the time both in local and national press, he was interviewed just short of three years later following his win during which he outlined how his life had changed since he landed a new Guinness World Record online slot jackpot prize.
The sheer fact that there have been so many Mega Moolah top jackpot winners over the years shows that the game is operating as it should. That's because wins have not been uniformly distributed over time, in some years there have been just two or three winners, but in 2017 there were 13 winners of the top jackpot prize, more than double the amount of any other year.
Some people choose to see this as evidence that the game is fake, but in actual fact it is simply a result of a random number generator working as it should. Wins should not be uniformly spread out, but should occur over different periods of time and that is precisely what has happened with the Mega Moolah jackpot. That's why the jackpot has been won just once in a the course of a year, but has also been won twice within the space of 24 hours! That's not a fault in the game, or evidence of it being fake, it is just evidence that the Random Number Generator is working at random, as it should.
So I can be sure Mega Moolah is legitimate?
Absolutely. Mega Moolah is perhaps the most prolific jackpot slot games in the world and it has a massive following across the globe. Millions of people play the game and experience no issues with the game itself, or indeed with the different sign up offers available at a wide range of casinos running with Microgaming products.
However, if you see a website in Google that has decided to adopt a more click bait approach to their advertising then it is simply a case where that website has chosen to advertise the game to try and snare as many clicks on the advert as possible and to do that, the truth has to be distorted or sensationalised.
Of course, in a perfect world, these advertisements would not exist but you can be sure that while these false adverts may be fake and unrealistic, Mega Moolah offers you a perfectly fair and safe way to play.
Byline: This article was published by Mega Moolah expert Henry. Media and other enquiries.