Over NZ$21 million won on Mega Moolah from New Zealand
New Zealand based players are free to enjoy the most famous progressive jackpot slot. Indeed, some would say that the slot fans in this country are enamoured with the game.
It's not difficult to see why. Firstly, the game itself is hugely fun to play. The original Mega Moolah is based on an African Safari theme and you can win up to 225,000 coins in the base game and during Free Spins on that slot alone. That is before you realise that on any qualifying spin, you could be one of the lucky players to take home one of the four progressive jackpots.
There's the Mini jackpot of a few New Zealand Dollars, the Minor, which is worth tens of dollars, the Major which is worth thousands and then of course, there is the Mega Jackpot which is the one that everybody wants to win, which is worth a minimum of a million and which can often increase to way beyond that, often in excess of ten million and as has happened once before, even beyond the 20 million mark - won by a Canadian player.
However, if the sound of an African Safari theme doesn't get you excited, then you have a choice of other games to play, all of which are linked in to the Mega Moolah jackpot prize fund and which offer you the exact same chance to win any of those progressive prizes. There's Mega Moolah 5-reel Drive, Mega Moolah Summertime and Mega Moolah Isis all available for you to play.
Each theme is different to the last and each offers its own exciting base game, all of which is linked to the Mega Moolah Jackpot Bonus game, which you can access randomly on any qualifying spin. With bets starting at just 0.25 per spin to qualify for the massive progressive prizes, it is easy to see why so many players around the world, not just in New Zealand, want to try their luck on one of the Mega Moolah slots.
Little wonder then that whether you are based in New Zealanders are flocking to try their hand at the Mega Moolah slot. But there's more to New Zealand's love affair with the game than simply all the options and great game play, part of the appeal is that New Zealanders have won the biggest Mega Moolah jackpot prize a total of four times in the past.
Big money Mega Moolah winners from New Zealand
It is fair to say that the first Mega Moolah winner from New Zealand was a relatively long time coming. Indeed it was almost seven years after the release of the slot game in late 2006 before we saw the first lucky winner claim their prize in New Zealand.
That first winner was a tad unfortunate as they claimed their prize just seven days after another player, based somewhere in Europe had landed a prize of over €3 million. That winner claimed their prize on the 3rd May 2013, and it was just seven days later on the 10th May 2013 that the first ever winner from New Zealand was confirmed.
That lucky winner, who elected to remain anonymous, landed what was then the smallest numerical value cash prize in Mega Moolah history, taking home NZ$1,062,335.92. It should be noted that back in 2013, Mega Moolah was not played as often, or by as many people as it is now and as such, it took much longer for the jackpot amounts to climb to higher figures.
However, with many more players earning big jackpot prizes, it soon became apparent that this was a game anybody could win and the next New Zealander to land a prize, won a considerably greater amount.
The incredible NZ$10 million win
Without doubt the best known of all the winners to hail from New Zealand was Matamata-based Maori Rawiri Pou. The likeable Mr Pou, who had been working in a fast-food restaurant up until his win, landed his prizeon the 17th June 2016.
The exact amount Mr Pou won was an incredible NZ$10,144,395.82 and after deciding to go public with the details of his win, he stated:
"I still can't believe this is real. I've been in shock since I won and it is literally going to change my life. There is so much my family and I can do with this money and it couldn't have come at a better time. We are so overwhelmed and happy!"
Mr Pou explained how he would like to spend his money.
"Right now, the amount is too big to comprehend. But I come from a very close-knit family, so I'd like to spoil my family."
Rawiri's win is still the largest ever win by a New Zealand player on the Mega Moolah slot, it is also the seventh largest win, in numerical value, on the Mega Moolah slot in the history of the game.
The third and the fourth win
Over three years had elapsed between the first and second winner from New Zealand on the Mega Moolah slot, but the third winner came a little over 12 months after the massive NZ$10m win. The third winner landed their prize on the 19th June 2017 and it was for NZ$1,599,752.60. Another relatively small win, but an important one in the history of Mega Moolah nonetheless as it came just a month after the jackpot was triggered twice in one day for the first time (on the 22nd May 2017) and incredibly, it was the first of two jackpots to be won on the 19th June, with another winner of just over a million Australian dollars landing the jackpot a few hours later.
June seems to be the lucky month for New Zealanders when playing Mega Moolah as after the first win for a New Zealander occurred in May, the next three wins have all been in the month of June and itw as in June 2018 that the next big New Zealand winner was confirmed, when the lucky player landed a huge $8,332,554.01 jackpot prize
In total New Zealand winners of the Mega Moolah jackpot have earned over NZ$21 million from winning the top prize alone. Add to that all the different winners of the Mini, Minor and Major jackpot prizes too (of which there will be too many to mention) and the actual figure in terms of cash awarded to New Zealand players from Mega Moolah progressive prizes, will be far in excess of that considerable sum.
What is the best offer to play Mega Moolah from New Zealand?
At the moment, any New Zealand-based player can enjoy a fantastic (and exclusive) Mega Moolah offer of 200 Chances to Become a Millionaire when you deposit just NZ$20, plus you also get a chance to claim a further NZ$1,600 Welcome Bonus if you wish to keep playing after your initial 200 spins. So why not sign up today with this great value offer and see if you can become the fifth player to land a life-changing amount of money in New Zealand, playing the Mega Moolah slot. Read the details of this offer here.
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