Who have been the British winners of the Mega Moolah jackpot?
One of the most strikingly apparent facts about Mega Moolah's top progressive jackpot winners is that they come from all over the globe.
There have been winners on at least four different continents (Europe, North America, Australasia and Africa) and across a number of different countries, including Great Britain.
How can you tell which winners are from Great Britain?
It is actually very easy to know when a player wins the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot when playing from Great Britain as it is the only time when the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot fund resets back to its initial seed amount of $1,000,000 following a win.
In other countries across the world, players play in their home currency, such as the Canadian, Australian or New Zealand dollar, the euro or the South African rand, or Russian ruble. However, when a winner lands in these parts of the world, they do not win the full British Pound jackpot amount (say £12,000,000) but instead they win 12,000,000 in their own currency.
What this means is when a player wins from outside Great Britain, then once they are paid in full, there will be money left in the jackpot fund. However, when a British player wins the jackpot, they win the full amount shown in British Pounds, which requires a new £1,000,000 seeding amount from Microgaming to start the fund off once again.
Checking the new jackpot amount following a win, it is very easy to see if a winner has come from Great Britain as if it has reset back to £1,000,000, you can be sure the game has rewarded another British winner!
How many winners from Great Britain have there been on Mega Moolah?
Since the game was first released back in 2006, there have been a total of five jackpot winners based in Great Britain out of the 47 total jackpot winners on the Mega Moolah slot.
- 9th December 2012 - £5,883,044
- 6th September 2013 - £3,744,513
- 6th October 2015 - £13,213,838
- 1st October 2017 - £1,448,116
- 20th April 2018 - £1,778,226
In total, players based in Great Britain have won a total of £26,067,737 across those jackpot wins, which is an average win size of £5,213,547.
Of the five winners, two have gone public with their wins (which we will learn more about later in the article) while the three other winners have remained private. Interestingly, it is the two biggest jackpot winners from Great Britain that have opted to go public, while the three smaller jackpot winners remained private.
With five wins out of 47 jackpot triggers, this means that on average a player hailing from Great Britain wins the jackpot prize once every 9.2 times the jackpot is won. However, what is notable is that the average win size of over £5.2 million for winners in the UK is larger than the average sized wins for other countries.
There are a couple of key reasons for that and that is that two of the winners from Great Britain set a new record jackpot win at the time of their victory and that began with the very first winner of the Mega Moolah jackpot from these shores.
John Orchard's Christmas win in December 2012
The very first winner from the UK came in the run up to Christmas 2012, six years after the game was first released and oddly enough, it was a bingo-fan, rather than a slots enthusiast, that ended up winning not just the first jackpot for a player from these shores, but also what was, at that time, the largest jackpot prize (when converted into other currencies) ever awarded by the Mega Moolah slot.
That player was John Orchard, who hailed from Lincolnshire in the United Kingdom. On the 9th December, Mr Orchard tended to focus his online gaming on bingo games, which remain hugely popular in the UK, but on this evening, he decided instead to load up the Mega Moolah slot.
Wagering just £0.30p per spin, Mr Orchard began spinning the reels and after a short time, he landed a chance to spin the Jackpot Bonus Game. He did so and then watched dumbfounded as the reel stopped on that tell-tale white slot, meaning that he had won the biggest Mega Moolah jackpot since the game began.
In total, he won £5,883,044, which at the time equated to US$9.5 million or €7.3 million, which dwarfed the former highest jackpot win of €6.3 million which was landed in 2009.
John was quick to capitalise on his good fortune. He intended to use some of the money to buy a house for his daughter and one of the first things he did having landed the win was to quit his day job and buy himself what every Brit desires, a Jaguar.
The second British winner came just nine months after John's famous win and they took home £3,744,513 in total. Little is known about this winner other than they became the first British-based player to land their jackpot playing the Mega Moolah slot from a mobile device.
With the second winner in the UK electing to keep their details private, there was not as great a fanfare for that win. However for the third winner in the UK, they would become one of the most famous and celebrated Mega Moolah progressive jackpot winners in the history of the game.
Jonathon Heywood's Record Shattering October 2015 Win
By the time of John Orchard's win in 2012, the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot was being won between two and five times a year. There were only two winners in 2011 but double that number in 2012. 2013 had also seen four winners and then in 2014, there were a then record number of winners that year of six.
With the game growing in popularity and more people playing more spins more often, the jackpots were also growing more rapidly as we headed into 2015.
The last winner in 2014 won their jackpot in early November and the jackpot climbed from then until 9th April 2015 when a Canadian player landed a CA$7,562,019. With the win being in Canadian Dollars, this meant that the prize fund was not hugely depleted and so it began to grow, soon reaching a new record amount and by October 2015, with no more winners in the year since that win in April, there was over £13 million in the progressive fund.
Late in the evening on October 6th, a former British soldier Jon Heywood living in Cheshire, decided he would try a few spins on the Mega Moolah slot. He loaded up the game and began to play for the minimum bet amount of £0.25 per spin.
It didn't take too long for Jonathon to trigger the Jackpot Bonus Game and on that spin, he watched as the wheel came to rest in that white sector, meaning he had just won the massive jackpot.
His prize of £13,213,838 and 68 pence is now enshrined in Mega Moolah legend as by far the biggest win in the game's history. Not only that, the Guinness Book of World Records confirmed that Jon's win amounted to a new World Record for a win on an online slot game. It is a record that stands to this day.
Jon's good fortune meant that he was now in a position where he could help his ailing father, who was in need of a heart and lung transplant, to get the best possible care. He also intimated that he would splash out on a little luxury item for himself.
Those first three wins for players from the UK were all sizeable jackpot wins, but the last two wins have been for smaller amounts. In October 2017 one British player won a £1,448,116 prize just a few days after the jackpot had been triggered in September and then incredibly, another British player landed a prize of £1,778,226 on 20th April 2018 which came just 24 hours after a player won a US$5,691,921 prize the day before on 19th.
Could the next Mega Moolah Progressive winner break Mr Heywood's record?
With the current jackpot now at over £13.8 million, if the next winner of the jackpot prize hails from Great Britain and/or Northern Ireland then they will definitely win more than Mr Heywood did back in October 2015, however their win may not be a new World Record prize.
The reason for that is that the British Pound has depreciated considerably since 2015. The debilitating effect on the strength of the pound against other currencies such as the US Dollar and Euro in particular since Brexit was confirmed, means that although the next winner could win a British Pound record amount, the amount when converted into Euro and US Dollars would be less than what Mr Heywood's win in 2015 amounted to.
Indeed, it is estimated that to be a new World Record across the different currencies in full, the jackpot would have to climb to around the £16 million mark before that prospect is likely.
However, the great thing about Mega Moolah is that this could happen. Remember, the chances to win the jackpot are the same on every spin of the game, regardless of the size of the jackpot or when it was last triggered.
Of course, it would take a winner to hail from the UK to set a new record, but if that happens, then you will be able to read all about it here at MegaMoolah.com first.
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