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The British Soldier Who Won Mega Moolah

Online slots have been around since 1996 when the Canadian software company named CryptoLogic launched the world’s first internet casino – InterCasino. However, it took three years to pass after gambling sites came into existence for progressive games to make their way onto these platforms. Now, they are all the rage, ranking as the preferred gaming option for most players.

The jackpot monster of the land-based casino industry is IGT’s millionaire maker titled MegaBucks. It debuted on gaming floors in 1986 and is responsible for the most sizable slot prize of all time. That is a reward of £28.8 million landed inside the Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas in 2003. The internet equivalent to this machine is Microgaming’s Mega Moolah reel spinner, which appeared online in 2006, and continues reigning supreme as the most popular jackpot game in the digital sphere. Below we tell the story of a Cheshire soldier who managed to scoop up millions on its reels. Note that if you want to test your luck on this game, Mega Moolah can be found on specific American online slot casinos.


Jon Heywood Becomes a Millionaire Via a 25p Wager

In October of 2015, Jon Heywood was a 26-years-old British Army soldier who had only recently returned home to Cheshire after completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan. In the month before he landed his life-altering sum, Jon had to work as a home renovator to make ends meet, as he was facing financial hardships and was low on career prospects.

After watching a TV ad for a casino on October 6th, 2015, he decided to try his hand at online gambling on that evening. He created an account and deposited £30 into his balance to serve as his gaming budget. Having no prior experience in the world of online casinos, Jon opted to play the game that promised to provide the most massive prize of all, which was Mega Moolah. He claims that he did not check the prize pool at the time of his deposit, nor did he glance at it during his entire gameplay.

Jon began his jackpot hunt conservatively, playing only 25p per spin. It turned out to be the correct strategy, as shortly into his session, the jungle-theme game roared, and an image flashed on screen claiming that he had won a jackpot prize. According to his statement at the ceremony where he got handed over an oversized check for his £13.2 million, he claimed that it is unbelievable that he has won all that money and that everything still feels so surreal. “It still has not sunk in,” Jon said at the ceremony.

At the same press conference, Jon mentioned that, first and foremost, he plans on using the money to provide the best medical treatment for his dad, who at that time was awaiting a lung and heart transplant. “I would give this money back for him to be healthy again,” Jon told the Sun newspaper. He added that aside from the funds allocated for his father’s medical costs, he also planned to spend a chunk to take his family on a cruise and buy a yellow Bentley Continental GT for himself. Before hitting his stunning jackpot prize, the most staggering online one of its kind, Heywood drove a Fiat Punto.


Other Mega Moolah Millionaires

The first Mega Moolah jackpot prize got hit in November of 2007, totaling £210,000. Five months later came the first reward that went over a million pounds, a jackpot worth £4 million. From that point to Jon Heywood landing his stunning chest of treasure, Mega Moolah made two to three millionaires per year. However, following Heywood’s record, the game upped its average, even creating thirteen millionaires in 2017. That is likely mainly due to its increased player pool, which was a byproduct of the global press coverage Jon’s win garnered.

In September of 2018, Heywood’s record got shattered by an anonymous gambler at Grand Mondial Casino, who managed to make this game yield £16.2 million via a session that involved only 75p bets. He hit the gigantic jackpot in less than 50 spins. It took another three years before his record got shattered by a Belgian player at Napoleon Sports & Casinos. That individual who also wished to remain anonymous won £16.4 million on the Mega Moolah variation known as Absolootly Mad. That gambler got inspired by another Napoleon multi-million-pound winner, who had claimed a jackpot a week before him. However, the unnamed Belgian player’s record differs from the previous two because it took a £15 bet to generate it. It marked the most substantial payout in Napoleon Sports & Casinos history.


About the Author

Shelly Schiff has been working in the gambling industry since 2009, mainly on the digital side of things, employed by However, over her eleven-year career, Shelly has provided content for many other top interactive gaming websites. She knows all there is to know about slots and has in-depth knowledge of the most popular table games. Her golden retriever Garry occupies most of her leisure time. Though, when she can, she loves reading Jim Thompson-like crime novels.

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