A UK player made online gambling history this week after hitting the jackpot on Mega Moolah slot.
Online slot fans have been watching in fascination as the jackpot on Microgaming's most popular slot game passed the £10 million mark, and then jumped at an incredible pace until it hit £13.2 million this week.
26 year old Jon Heywood was the lucky player who wagered just 25p on Mega Moolah slot at his favorite Microgaming powered online casino on October 6th, and found himself with the life-changing sum after just a few spins on the game.
The war veteran, who served in Afghanistan, could hardly believe his luck and had a hard time keeping his win a secret until the official prize giving on Friday.
"It's all so surreal," said the Cheshire resident, "and I can't come to terms with it yet. I just kept staring at my screen and seeing this huge number in my casino account."
The winner will use the money towards his father's medical expenses as he awaits a heart and lung transplant, and will also be purchasing an brand new Bentley convertible.
Microgaming Celebrates Big Win
Microgaming's management was absolutely thrilled with the big win, especially as the total landed by Jon Heywood narrowly beat the former world record for the biggest online slot jackpot payout in history.
In 2013, a player from Finland won a fraction less than Heywood on Net Entertainment's Mega Fortune slot game, making the Guinness Book of World Records. It seems certain that the latest win will now replace NetEnt's long-standing record.
Microgaming's Chief Executive Officer, Roger Raatgever said following the win: "We have the longest-standing progressive jackpot network, having launched the first internet progressive jackpot in 1998, as well as the biggest, having paid out over half a billion euros to date. Our progressive jackpot network has set many records since its inception, but I'm absolutely overjoyed to say that our software has generated the world's largest ever online jackpot win."
"Many congratulations to Jonathon on this life-changing and historic win!" he added.
'Millionaire Maker' Slot
It is not for nothing that Mega Moolah is known as Microgaming's 'Millionaire Maker', proving this week that it really does provide the biggest online jackpots in the business.
The wild-African themed slot game has been a favorite among Microgaming fans for years, and not only because of its reputation for paying out huge sums of cash.
The five reel, 25 pay line game carries numerous bonus features, including the Wheel of Fortune style jackpot game.
The wild Lion in Mega Moolah slot has the potential to double all wins it helps create, while the scatter Headhunter trophies are the gateway to 15 free, re-triggerable spins and 3 x multipliers.