Mega Moolah jackpot won as lucky player claims huge NZ$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 New Zealand 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 NZ$8,332,554.01!

What do we know about the winner?

Details about the player and 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 but still not on the button), or another possibility could be a winner from New Zealand, where a player last won the jackpot back in June 2016. An 8,332,554.01 win in New Zealand dollars would pay out around £4.35 million (which given the current jackpot figure on Mega Moolah, is exactly correct.)

The lucky winner is from New Zealand!

This latest winner of the Mega Moolah Jackpot is the fourth from New Zealand to land the top prize. This latest NZ$8,332,554.01 jackpot is the second largest win for players from New Zealand.

Three years passed before the next player from New Zealand took home the top prize, but it was worth the wait for 27-year-old Rawiri Pou from Matamata. Mr Pou landed one of the biggest Mega Moolah payouts of NZ$10,144,395.82 when he landed the top prize in June 2016.

Mega Moolah winners by country

  1. Eurozone - 13 jackpot winners.

Fact - Players in the Eurozone have won 13 times, a record for the game. It must be noted that some known wins by Europeans have been in US dollars.

  1. Canada - 12 jackpot winners.

Fact - Players from Canada have won 12 times and considering the small population of that country there must be something in the water in Canada that makes them so lucky!

  1. US dollar players - 7 jackpot winners.

Fact - Residents of the US cannot play the Mega Moolah game due to changed gambling laws in that country. However many players around the world play in USD especially when their home currency is not available at the casino.

  1. United Kingdom - 5 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.

  1. New Zealand - 4 confirmed

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$10,144,395.82 prize.

Note: New Zealand players have a special Mega Moolah offer of 200 Chances to Become a Millionaire. Only available to NZ residents.

  1. South Africa - 2 confirmed

Fact - The first ever Mega Moolah win back in 2007 came from South Africa. Today the Mega Moolah game is no longer available to South African residents due to changed gambling laws in that country.

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.

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.

Byline: This article was published by Mega Moolah expert Henry. Media and other enquiries.

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