What are the real landmark Mega Moolah jackpot wins?
For the lucky winner celebrating a life-changing win, any progressive jackpot trigger on the Mega Moolah slot is going to be a landmark moment in their life.
Indeed, for the vast majority of winners, it may well be the moment in their life when they finally managed to realise their dreams. Shaking off the shackles of everyday life to live life to the full with money worries resigned to a thing of the past.
However, in terms of the Mega Moolah slot itself, there are times when a win tends to mean more than another. These are the landmark wins on the game, the ones that resonate with players over the years and which inspire a new generation of slot gamers to load up the game and see if they could be the next big winner and add a new chapter to the ever-growing history of this fabulous progressive jackpot slot.
So what have been the real landmark wins on the Mega Moolah slot? Which are the wins that have set new benchmarks, been a 'first' for the game, or which have opened the door to riches for new groups of players?
In this article, we are going to highlight what we believe are the key Mega Moolah wins for a whole variety of different reasons and this all begins with the very first confirmed win of the Mega Moolah back in 2007.
- The first ever Mega Moolah progressive Mega jackpot win
While the progressive jackpot had awarded a number of Mini, Minor and Major prizes before this win, it was the very first trigger of the Mega jackpot which got people to notice this new Microgaming game.
That first winner came on. the 15th November 2007 and the winner landed their prize in South African Rand. The prize was R4,308,741.01.
While this made the player an instant multi-millionaire in terms of South African Rand, it was equally notable as being the first ever confirmed win of the Mega Moolah jackpot prize.
Perhaps the only disappointing thing about this win was its relative value as the Rand was not a strong currency and although it was a million Rand jackpot in South Africa, it amounted to around £300,000 back in 2007.
The win did not make a lot of noise among the gambling community, however the second ever Mega jackpot win in 2008, by a Finnish player, for $5.5 million was big news and gave Mega Moolah a huge popularity boost.
- The first big Mega Moolah jackpot win
The first win on Mega Moolah didn't make a big dent in the cash balance available in the game as its value in pounds was relatively small, however it was the second jackpot win on the slot that really saw one lucky player win a vast amount of money.
The second winner won their prize in US Dollars and they landed their win just six months after the very first win in April 2008. Their prize was a far more sizeable $5,556,753.68, which even when the pound was much stronger against the Dollar back then, still amounted to a prize of several million in pounds as well.
This win gained a lot of publicity as the winner from Finland went public. The winner Klaus E., was flown to Sydney, Australia, to pick up the check presented by the Casino Rewards program.
- The first Mobile winner of a Mega Moolah progressive jackpot
Considering that mobile players now make up the majority of the progressive jackpot winners, it is important to note when that first mobile jackpot was landed. It came back in May 2012 and was a prize of just over $1.07 million in US Dollars.
Since that win, we have seen a further 28 winners of the Mega Moolah jackpot claim their prize from a mobile device and that trend seems set to continue into the future.
- The first Mega Moolah win not on the original Wild Africa theme
The vast majority of Mega Moolah winners through to this very day have all been won playing the original African Safari themed Mega Moolah slot. Indeed so far, only three winners have landed their prize playing one of the other Mega Moolah games available.
The first was one player who landed a relatively small €1.39 million prize playing the Mega Moolah 5 Reel Drive slot game when playing in April 2012. A second player has won the jackpot playing 5-Reel Drive in June 2014.
- The first British Pound winner and the only winner on a now-obsolete Mega Moolah slot
John Orchard's win of over £5.8 million in December 2012 was a landmark trigger for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was the first ever British Pound jackpot win and thus, the first time that the entire progressive jackpot fund had been won, meaning that Microgaming then seeded the game with a new £1,000,000 seed amount.
At the time, it was also comfortably the biggest value win in the history of the slot when compared to other wins in other currencies. It was also the only time that the jackpot has been won on the Mega Moolah Dark Knight slot, a game theme which was retired from the Mega Moolah roster of games a little while later.
Orchard's win, along with the two wins on the 5-Reel Drive slot in April 2012 and June 2014, may be the only three jackpot wins to be landed outside of the original Mega Moolah game.
- The first Canadian Dollar winner
With over CA$100 million paid out to Canadian players, it is incredible to think that it took well over eight years for the very first Canadian Dollar winner to land a jackpot prize. That came in June 2014, when one player took home a prize of over CA$4.2 million.
Since then, Canadian players have been by far the most successful on the Mega Moolah slot in terms of landing progressive jackpot prizes, landing 15 in total in the years since this first win. That is one more than all the countries in the entire Eurozone.
- The first Official Guinness World Record Jackpot Winner
Mega Moolah moved into the record books officially in October 2015 when Jonathan Heywood landed the largest ever online progressive jackpot prize of over £13.2 million. His win was officially verified by Guinness as being a new World Record win for an online slot payout.
Mr Heywood's win was also notable as it was the first time that the progressive jackpot fund on Mega Moolah had climbed to over the 10 million mark and it was the first of a run of four progressive jackpot prizes that each eclipsed 10 million in the currency in which they were awarded (one in New Zealand Dollars and two in Canadian Dollars).
- The Uncertified World Record win
Jonathan Heywood's win officially remains in the record books as the €18.9 million winner (September 2018) did not go public with their huge win. At current exchange rates, that prize amounted to more in British Pounds than Mr Heywood's win, but this cannot be ratified by Guinness as the new record due to the player opting to not go public.
What is certain is that this was the biggest ever numeric amount that Mega Moolah had reached and it was expected that it would be a record that was held for some time. However, those that felt that would be proved wrong in double quick time.
- The largest ever numeric Mega Moolah jackpot prize
Mega Moolah progressive jackpots can be awarded in a number of different currencies and as such their value relative to each other can be different. In numeric terms alone, the win in January 2019 was the highest ever amount reached on the Mega Moolah slot, with the jackpot increasing to over 20 million for the first time ever. The lucky winner landed a win of CA$20,059,287.27!
- The next one
Of course, the final landmark win on Mega Moolah is always going to be the next big winner! Will we see winners from different parts of the world? A massive win to challenge the records already held by the slot? Who knows, all we do know is that the jackpot can be won by any player playing the game, at any time and in any of the available currencies.
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