Understanding the key rules of the Mega Moolah slot
Even the most inexperienced of slot players can understand the basic precepts of how a slot game works. You wager some money, click the spin button, the reels will spin and then come to rest and if you have a sequence of symbols on the reels that match a winning line, you will receive the commensurate amount for that win.
It is this simplicity which has ensured that slot games remain one of the most popular and important of all casino attractions as they generate a significant proportion of a casinos funds, both online and in the real world.
Now in the olden days, slot games were very simple indeed. Most had just the three reels and a single pay line. You could play from as little as 0.01 per spin and you'd win relatively small amounts based on the combination of symbols you'd land on the reels. Indeed, many modern slot players can trace their enjoyment of these games to playing cheap slot games in the 'penny arcades' that were popular in the 70s and 80s in particular.
However, in the more technological age, slots have moved from the real world to the digital. Online slots are big business, and none is bigger than the Mega Moolah slot. The world record holder for the biggest ever online slot pay out (£13.3 million) attracts a huge number of players every month all hoping to be the next lucky player to land a massive jackpot prize that starts at 1,000,000.00 and just keeps rising until it is won.
As a progressive slot, Mega Moolah operates in a similar way to many online slot games but it does have some slight differences. These rules are what allows the game to offer such a massive jackpot and are part of the reason why it is so popular with players.
So, without wading through all the information about the slot, we are going to summarise the key rules of the Mega Moolah progressive right here so that if you are a slot player that is familiar with online gaming but have yet to try your hand at Mega Moolah, you can jump in right away after reading through this short list.
Mega Moolah's Key Rules
So what are the seven key rules you need to understand if you are to make the most of the Mega Moolah slot? Well other than the standard rules for most slot games, there are these golden rules that are specific to Mega Moolah that if you understand, you will get better and hopefully, more profitable game play from the machine.
- The Base Game Jackpot is 75,000 coins, Free Spins Jackpot is 225,000 coins
Many people play Mega Moolah solely because it offers a significant jackpot prize of at least 1 million in their chosen currency as a progressive jackpot prize. Of course, that is a huge attraction but what is often overlooked is that you can win significant money playing the base game without once landing a progressive prize.
For a minimum wager of 0.25, up to a maximum of 6.25, you can win a top prize of 75,000 coins in the base game alone. If you wager the smallest amount of 0.01 as a coin, that means that you would still win a cash prize worth 750.00. Wager 0.10 per coin (2.50 per spin) and that increases to 7,500.
However, if you can trigger the Free Spins round (and we'll explain this in more detail below) then the multipliers on offer in that round mean that you could potentially win up to a massive 225,000 coins. To put that in real money terms, if you are wagering using $0.10 as your coin denomination for a $2.50 spin cost, a jackpot win in the Free Spins round would earn you a massive $22,500.
For sure, play Mega Moolah to try and land that big jackpot prize, but never forget that you can still pick up some massive cash prizes in the base game too. This slot is not just about the progressive jackpot bonus feature.
- The Lion Symbol is the Wild
Without doubt the most helpful symbol to you as a player in the Mega Moolah base game and Free Spins bonus round is the Lion symbol. That is because this symbol is the Wild in the game and can be used to substitute for any of the standard symbols to create a win and when it does, it also applies a 2x multiplier to the win.
Best of all, hit five Lion symbols on a line and you land the 15,000-coin prize for doing so, which again is a considerable amount of money. The Wild also appears in the Free Spins round where it can be offer even greater rewards.
- The Monkey Symbol is the Scatter and is the Free Spin trigger
The key to unlocking the Free Spins bonus in the Mega Moolah base game is the Monkey symbol. This is the Scatter and if you land three or more of these symbols anywhere across the reels (they do not have to be on a pay line), then you will trigger 15 Free Spins and every win on your Free Spins bonus will come with a 3x multiplier.
It is this multiplier which increases the value of the top win in the Mega Moolah base game from 75,000 to 225,000 coins. The good news here is that if you land another three or more Scatter symbols during the Free Spins bonus round, you can re-trigger the bonus and earn additional Free Spins.
One key thing to remember though about the Mega Moolah Free Spins round is that you cannot trigger the Jackpot Bonus Game during Free Spins.
- There are four progressive jackpots
Many people often refer to the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot and I am as guilty of that as any other reviewer. In fact, the Mega Moolah slot has a total of four different progressive jackpot funds and they range in size as follows:
- Mini - The smallest jackpot is seeded at 10.00 and is the most commonly won of the four progressive prizes, often being triggered several times in each hour of the day.
- Minor - The second smallest jackpot has a larger seed amount of 100.00 and again this is won relatively frequently with a couple of these winners usually most days.
- Major - This is where things get interesting as the Major jackpot is won usually every few days and it has a seed amount of 10,000.00 which means that a Major prize is usually a sizeable win.
- Mega - This is the progressive jackpot prize that gives the slot its name and it is triggered relatively rarely. It's minimum seed amount is 1,000,000.00, but it can grow considerably from that amount up to many millions.
So, when people talk about the Mega Moolah jackpot or the Mega Moolah progressive they are usually referring to the Mega progressive jackpot, rather than the other three, which are won more often.
- You can only win the progressives after triggering the Jackpot Bonus Game
As you will have noticed, there is no clear way to earn a shot at the progressive jackpots available from within the base game, in terms of landing a specific sequence or number of symbols. That's because the Mega Moolah slot offers every user a chance to win the progressive jackpot by offering access in an entirely random fashion.
Every real cash spin on the slot, regardless of whether you wager the minimum 0.25 or the maximum 6.25 per spin, can be a winner. Your chances of triggering the Jackpot Bonus Game increase the more you bet on each spin, but any spin can be a winner (and indeed, several winners of the biggest progressive jackpot prize, including the current world record holder, achieved their wins with a 0.25 spin).
Once the Jackpot Bonus Game is triggered the good news is that you are guaranteed-to-win one of the four Mega Moolah progressive jackpots. The wheel is divided into different coloured sectors. The Red sectors apply to the Mini jackpot, the Orange to the Minor, the Yellow to the Major and the White to the Mega progressive prize. You will notice there are far more orange and red sectors on the reel than yellow (three) or white (one).
It is also important to note here that the wheel is simply a simplistic representation of the randomly generated prize you will receive. Your chances of winning the mega progressive are not the same as represented on the Jackpot Bonus Game. The game is used simply to represent the outcome of the random number generator which decides which of the four progressives you will win.
Most of the time, players will win the Mini or Minor jackpots, a couple will be lucky enough to win a Major prize and every so often one extremely lucky player hits the Mega prize.
- Every spin can be a progressive jackpot winner at any time
One thing to remember about the Mega Moolah slot is that even when the Mega jackpot has just been won (or indeed any of the four jackpots), you can still win the Mega prize again on any subsequent spin.
The casino lobby has indicators that show when a slot is 'cold' or 'hot' in terms of being likely to pay out. These are indications of how a slot has performed, on average, over time. They are not stating that a slot will pay out if it is hot, or that it will not pay out if it is cold.
With the Mega Moolah slot there can be long periods between wins (the longest is a period of over a year) and at other times there can be a very short amount of time between wins. The record for a long time was the Mega jackpot being won twice in a period of five days, but in April 2018, this was shattered when two players won a Mega jackpot each within 22 hours of each other on the 19th and 20th April.
What this means is that regardless of when the big jackpot was last paid out and how much money is in the fund, you could win that money on the very next spin.
- Jackpot winners are always paid out in their currency-of-play
The final golden rule to remember is that while the Mega Moolah prize fund uses British Pounds as its base currency, players can play using their home currency or choose US dollars or Euros. If the player's home currency is available at the casino, it makes sense to play in that currency.
If the Mega Moolah's Mega Jackpot was five million and a player from Canada won the prize, and they were playing the game in CAD, they would be paid out five million in Canadian dollars. If a player from India won the prize, and they were playing the game in US dollars, they would be paid out five million US dollars.
When the jackpot is won in another currency than British Pounds, Mega Moolah will convert the amount won by the player into a pounds amount and deduct that amount from the progressive jackpot fund. So, in this case, if we say the Indian player won, then that US$5 million prize would equate to around £3.7 million, which would mean that the progressive jackpot for Mega Moolah after the win, would revert back to around 1.3 million, instead of resetting to the minimum guaranteed amount of one million.
The only time the prize reverts back to the lowest seed amount of £1 million is if a player based in the UK wins the jackpot prize.
Understand these seven simple rules for the Mega Moolah slot and you will go a long way to unlocking all the best things that the game has to offer and while it won't guarantee you a huge progressive jackpot win, it will at least allow you to understand the mechanics of how this massively popular online slot works.
Give it a shot at any of the Mega Moolah casinos.
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