Should I go public with my massive Mega Moolah jackpot win or not?
As we reported on May 4th 2019, the Mega Moolah jackpot was won for the fourth time in 2019, with one lucky player taking home a cash prize of CA$8.1 million.
Of course, details on the winner in the few hours following the win are almost non-existent, but at least we know exactly how much the Mega Moolah jackpot was triggered for, and how much is left in the kitty for players to keep spinning and trying to win!
The first thing we need to ask is why news about a Mega Moolah progressive jackpot winner takes so long to come out, if it is even made public at all. The reason for that is very simple. Microgaming assure any player that plays Mega Moolah, that should they win the top prize, then they will have a choice as to whether they want to go public with their win or not.
Now there are some people who are quite happy to go public with a win and do not mind who knows that they have had a slice of good fortune. However, there are many more who would prefer the details of their win, or more accurately, their own private details, to be kept a secret. Why is this?
Why keep your Mega Moolah win quiet?
If you are lucky enough to be in with a chance of winning a prize like the Mega Jackpot, or perhaps a huge lottery win, or any form of prize that is a very large amount of money, after the initial shock has died down, you may feel like shouting about your win from the rooftops. Wouldn't it be lovely to let those people you know and love, or maybe those you know and just tolerate, that you have had a major slice of good fortune?
Well yes...and no is the truthful answer. Sure, while your friends and family will no doubt be delighted for your success and good fortune, you can also find people resent your win and the 'green-eyed monster' can raise its ugly head at times. Understandably, some people who have landed big wins are concerned about this so try to avoid it.
It can be incredibly difficult for people, who may well have been in a less-fortunate position themselves, to suddenly find they have a large amount of money and to then go public and may have several "old acquaintances" asking for money. This can be hugely distressing, and it is often why people who do win jackpot prizes choose to remain anonymous.
Some people who have good fortune do want to help others though. Going public with a big win can help with that but even with a win such as the recent 8.1 million win on Mega Moolah, those funds won't cover sorting out everybody's problems.
So, it is easy to understand why people may not want to go public with a big win and as such, that means details of a win are very thin on the ground, until the person who landed the win has decided what they want to do. If they want to remain anonymous, then unfortunately for us, we only get the basic details of the win.
Should big money winners be allowed anonymity?
The issue of anonymity for winners of big lottery jackpots or the Mega Moolah top progressive prize is something of a contentious issue. Some people believe winners should all be made public. Indeed, the recent winner of a huge lottery jackpot based in Wisconsin in the United States was forced to go public with their win as their state legislation has a rule called the Open Records Law, which states that any big money winner from Wisconsin must go public with details of their win.
Watch the announcing of the US$768 million Powerball winner - Manuel Franco from Wisconsin.
However, with Mega Moolah and other big money prizes, such as the Football Pools or the National Lottery games, players have the option to remain anonymous for the reasons outlined above.
On the one hand, it is good for any player to know that should they land a big money win, their private life, security (and even their safety) will be enhanced by being able to remain anonymous. However, for news outlets and the general public, who all would love to know who landed the big money prize, it can be frustrating to only have the tiniest amount of information about the win.
From a personal perspective, I think the ability to remain anonymous after a win is a very positive thing for Mega Moolah or indeed any other game or draw which has a large prize. It is comforting to players to know that if they are fortunate enough to win, they maintain control over exactly who knows about that win.
Indeed, in the UK now, with safeguarding issues being what they are and the initiation of the General Data Protection Register (GDPR), it may well be a case of some people cannot go public with their win for reasons of security. For example, what if the winner was someone who had left a violent partner and had been rehomed away from that person, in secret?
Again, this is something that is very pertinent, especially in the United States where people who testify in big cases against criminals can become part of the witness protection program. What would have happened if the big winner in Wisconsin had been part of that? Would they have been forced to go public with their win, or would they be allowed to remain anonymous and potentially break state law?
While for outlets such as MegaMoolah.com, having all the details about a big win on the Mega Moolah slot is great for us to be able to generate more interesting articles and blog posts for you, we could never really blame anyone for ticking the box for anonymity as you never really understand the situation of the actual winner. As such, it is great that Mega Moolah winners have that choice.
Some people, especially if you hail from Wisconsin, don't have that option. But then again the Mega Moolah is not available from the United States, so we don't need to speculate on a Wisconsin Mega Moolah winner.
So, who will be the next big winner of the Mega Moolah jackpot? Will it be won again a short time after the last trigger, or will we see it grow over the coming weeks and months into another monster jackpot prize?
As always, it is going to be interesting to find out! Best of all it could be you!
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