Earlier this year, a player from the United Kingdom caused near hysteria in the online casino industry after he hit the 17,879,645.12 jackpot on Microgaming's Mega Moolah slot game.
Very quickly, it was found that the October win had scraped past the previously held world record (Net Entertainment's Mega Fortune slot) and would thus grab the Guinness World Records title for the Largest Jackpot Payout in an Online Slot Machine Game.
This week, it was officially announced that Microgaming had been awarded the title, which the software group shares with the winning online casino and the lucky winner himself, Jon Heywood.
It took several weeks to make the win an official record since the Guinness World Records had to go through evidence submitted by the online casino and Microgaming, and ratified by the independent testing and regulation group, eCommerce Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA).
25p Bet Leads to Multi Million Win
Heywood, a 26 year old veteran soldier who served in Afghanistan, warmed hearts in October when he stated that he would spend his newfound fortune on the "best possible medical treatment" for his father who is waiting for a heart and lung transplant.
His 25p wager on Mega Moolah slot led to the multi million win - a fact he needed to keep a big secret for three days until Microgaming made the news public.
"When news broke about Jon's amazing jackpot win back in October, we were overjoyed - what an incredible and heart-warming story," said the CEO for Microgaming, Roger Raatgever. "We've achieved many industry records over the years, but to be officially awarded a Guinness World Records title is a special and proud moment for us all. It cements our position in providing the largest and most exciting progressive jackpot network in the industry. We can't wait to hang the certificate in our office reception!"
Official World Record
Now, just before the end of the year, the Guinness World Records has declared the Microgaming slot payout an official record.
"I'm pleased to confirm that the Guinness World Records title for the largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game is 17,879,645.12, which was won by Jonathan Heywood, while playing Microgaming's Mega Moolah," noted a spokesperson for the Guinness World Records."
"And Jon is certainly in the moolah now, thanks to his exceptional stroke of luck," added the spokesperson.