Why the chances of winning Mega Moolah is a secret
There is no doubt that Mega Moolah is something of an enigma. It is a slot game that can be played in multiple currencies all over the world by billions of players for just 0.25 per spin, but which could still see you walk away with a life-changing jackpot prize of many millions.
As a result, the game has now developed its own aura. There are players who will play little else when it comes to their slots spending. Others play it as part of their regular slots routine. Others will play it only when the jackpot rises above a certain amount of money (because, of course, you'd be disappointed winning just a few million, I've never really understood that train of thought to be honest!)
Part of that aura of the game stems from the fact that Mega Moolah is a very well known slot, but there are some aspects of the slot that nobody knows anything about and that Microgaming, the game's developers, keep secret. One key piece of information that remains top secret is the chance you have of winning the Mega Moolah slot.
Now before we examine some of the reasons why Microgaming may have chosen not to reveal your exact chances of winning the top jackpot prize on Mega Moolah, let's try and give ourselves an idea of what the chances of winning Mega Moolah could be. And we will do that by taking a look at the chances of winning some other big money slots and games.
Your chances of winning some other big money prizes
- UK National Lottery
Back when the UK National Lottery began in the 1990s, there were a total of 49 numbers available for people to pick from. The jackpot would be won by any player who correctly predicted all six numbers drawn from the lottery machine for that draw.
Some relatively simple mathematics reveals that your chances of winning the jackpot at this time was just under one in 14 million.
However, in October 2015, the National Lottery changed the structure of its draw. Not only were entries increased in price to £2, but the number of balls in the lottery was increased from the original 49 to 59 in total.
Camelot's reasoning for this was that they wanted to create 'bigger rolling jackpots' which attracted more people to play the draw, as they noted that it was when the jackpot was at its highest value that they generated more ticket sales.
However, the addition of the ten additional numbers into the draw meant that your chances of winning the lottery had decreased from one in just under 14 million, to now one in 45 million. That are your odds if you play the lottery each week in the UK and you'd think your chances of winning Euromillions would be about the same.
You would be wrong.
The Euromillions jackpot is the one that has awarded the largest ever lottery prize in Europe and there is a good reason for this and that is that the Euromillions prize is considerably less likely to be won by a player than even the UK National Lottery.
The reasons for this initially seem unclear. The Euromillions lottery has just 50 numbers in the main draw, but there is a separate pool of 12 balls which are the Lucky Star numbers and it is the possible combinations of these 62 different balls that makes all the difference, along with the fact that the game requires you to pick two lucky stars and five balls from the main draw, a total of seven correct predictions (as opposed to six in the UK National Lottery).
Those factors make hitting the Euromillions jackpot all the more difficult. How difficult? Well winning Euromillions is more than three times less likely than winning the UK National Lottery as your chances are 1 in 139,838,160 of winning the big jackpot prize.
- Megabucks Slot
The famous Megabucks slot in Las Vegas is another game that likes to keep a lid on the chances of winning its massive progressive jackpot prize, but with a total of 368 symbols on each reel, it is possible to work out the chances of doing so.
Your chances of landing the Megabucks slot jackpot if you play the game in Las Vegas are around one in 49,836,032.
Incredibly, one man, Elmer Sherwin has managed to win this jackpot prize not just once, but twice. The chances of that happening? Less than one in 248,000,000,000!
Why do Microgaming keep Mega Moolah's chances of winning a secret?
Now that we know how comparable games offer players a very limited chance of landing a massive prize, the question we have to ask is why have Microgaming not made this information official and available to the public?
The evidence clearly shows that Mega Moolah is winnable (there's been over 50 confirmed winners of the progressive jackpot since the game began) and the sheer variety in the size of those jackpot wins, ranging from just over the seed amount of a million, to over 20 million, shows that the jackpot can be won at any time, in any place by any player making the minimum qualifying bet.
Some believe that if people knew the odds of winning Mega Moolah they may be put off playing it. Again, I find that hard to believe as people do know the odds of winning the National Lottery, Megabucks Slot or the Euromillions jackpot to name but three and they are more than happy to play these games on a regular basis.
When you are talking about probabilities of one in a million or more, then the truth is many people feel that they are either going to be lucky or not and the actual probability is irrelevant to them. That is why they continue to play these games in their droves.
Personally, I feel that Microgaming keep the chances of winning Mega Moolah a secret because it helps add another layer of intrigue to the game. Does this slot offer a better or worse chance of winning a comparable jackpot progressive? More it would seem, especially when you compare the number of Mega Moolah wins compared to the top progressive wins paid out by other rival slots. Some of whom have only paid out one or two progressive jackpots in their lifetime.
Microgaming don't need to reveal the chances to win Mega Moolah because it won't lessen people's enjoyment of the game and by not revealing it, people can get more excited when playing in the hope that one day, the luck may fall their way.
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