Mega Moolah jackpot won as lucky player claims huge 8.3 million win
Since the last Mega Moolah jackpot was triggered back on 20th April 2018, just 22 hours after the jackpot had been triggered previously, the game had reset to its minimum seed amount, £1,000,000, and the Mega Moolah jackpot from there on wards started to climb.
By the end of May, it has reached over four million and, somewhat unusually given the amount of time the jackpot had been won over the past 18 months or so, nobody had triggered the jackpot in May, the first time since February 2017 that a month had passed without at least one player landing the biggest jackpot on the Mega Moolah game.
We then continued through June and the jackpot continued to grow, reaching five million, then six, then seven and finally eight million as we headed towards the end of the month. With just six days left in June, the jackpot had risen to 8.3 million and there was the distinct possibility we could go two months without seeing a winner.
However on the 24th June, one lucky player decided to try their luck on the slot and had the Jackpot Bonus Game appear on screen. They spun that reel and in an instant, their life changed when the reel came to rest in that single Mega Jackpot sector, marked by the lions paw print. They'd won the Mega Moolah Mega Jackpot and a prize of 8,331,262.60 in their currency.
What do we know about the winner?
With it being less than 24 hours since the lucky player landed their jackpot win, details about the player, which casino they won their jackpot at and whether the individual intends to go public with their win or remain anonymous, are still very sketchy, but with a little detective work we can surmise a few things about this lucky winner.
First of all, when the jackpot was triggered, it reset back to an amount that was around £4,034,197. If the player had been playing from the UK, then this would have reset back to £1,000,000. Similarly, if they had been playing anywhere in the eurozone, then the total prize would have been worth around £7.3 million, which means that the game would have reset back to a smaller amount of money.
We can also rule out a winner in US dollars as an $8.3 million win in dollars converted into pounds is a win of around £6.3 million, which again means the jackpot would have reset to a lower amount.
This leaves us with two countries where I feel the winner is most likely to have heralded from. The first of these is Canada, where a 8,331,262 win in Canadian Dollars equates to around £4.73 million in British pounds (which is close to the right amount), or another possibility could be a winner from New Zealand, where a player last won the jackpot back in June 2016. An 8,331,262 win in New Zealand dollars would pay out around £4.35 million (which given the current jackpot figure on Mega Moolah, is, I believe, to be the more likely of the two figures).
What if the lucky winner is from New Zealand?
If this latest winner of the Mega Moolah Jackpot is from New Zealand then they would become the third player from that country to land the top prize. The first player to win was an anonymous player who was the first ever player to win the Mega Moolah jackpot via their mobile which came way back in May 2013, for a relatively small jackpot prize of NZ$1,000,000.
Three years passed before the next player from New Zealand took home the top prize, but it was worth the wait for Rawiri Pou, a 27-year-old fast food worker at the time. Playing at Casino Land, Mr Pou landed one of the biggest Mega Moolah payouts of $10,144,385 when he landed the top prize on 17th June 2016.
If confirmed as a winner from New Zealand it would be the second largest win for players from that country.
Mega Moolah Winners by Country
This chart assumes that the latest winner is from New Zealand, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.
- Eurozone - 18 jackpot winners
Fact - Players in the Eurozone won 10 consecutive Mega Moolah jackpot prizes from January 2017, through until the first winner in November 2017. A record for the game.
- United Kingdom - 10 jackpot winners
Fact - The biggest ever jackpot on Mega Moolah (and indeed ever paid out by an online casino progressive), was won by UK player Jonathon Heywood back in October 2015 of over £13.2 million.
- US dollar players - 9 jackpot winners
Fact - Residents of the US are not accepted at Microgaming casinos and therefore cannot play the Mega Moolah game. However many players around the world do play in USD especially when their home currency is not available at the casino. There was the US$5.7 million jackpot early in April 2018, was the first player to win the jackpot in USD since November 2014. Canadian players won it five times in that period.
- Canada - 5 jackpot winners
Fact - All of Canada's five Mega Moolah jackpot winners so far have claimed their prizes from April 2015 on wards. Canadian players won three of the four jackpot prizes won from the end of November 2017, through to February 2018.
- New Zealand - 2 confirmed, 1 possible jackpot winner
Fact - Rawiri Pou was the last player to win the Mega Moolah jackpot to go public with his win back in 2016, when he pocketed a NZ$10,144,395 prize. The first player to win from New Zealand was also the first ever mobile jackpot winner.
- Norway - 1 jackpot winner
Fact - Although the single Norwegian winner pocketed a jackpot of 5.4 million Krone, this would equate to just £502,137 roughly at today's exchange rates. This would be one of the smallest confirmed Mega Moolah jackpot wins in real terms.
What could the lucky winner buy with their Mega Moolah windfall?
Being able to afford some of the most luxurious properties available in any part of the world (or the ability to buy a substantial plot of land and build your own), the lucky prize winner could afford to buy a holiday home or two around the world to help them unwind and figure out how to invest their winnings.
Assuming the player spent a million or so on that, they'd have enough to spend on a Bugatti Veyrom Grand Sport Vitesse World Record Edition, one of just eight made, which was recently up for sale for around £1.8 million.
Alternatively, a new Ferrari LaFerrari would set you back just £1 million, although you'd have to join a lengthy waiting list to get your hands on one.
While a private jet may be stretching your £4,000,000 budget, you could afford your own second hand helicopter to get about in, with prices starting around the £1 million to £2 million mark.
Whatever the lucky winner decides to spend their money on, it is a nice problem to have to decide exactly what they would like and the great news for slot fans is that with the jackpot prize already at over 4 million and rising, the next lucky winner may just be around the corner on the Mega Moolah slot.
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