n October 6, Microgaming’s Mega Moolah slot made history when UK player Jon Heywood hit the mega jackpot, scooping £13,213,838.68 (USD 20M). The Cheshire soldier became an instant millionaire from a 25p bet, receiving the life-changing amount via a single payment.
After a thorough approval process with evidence submitted by both Betway and Microgaming, including ratification from eCOGRA, Guinness World Records has confirmed the win as a world record. Microgaming shares the Guinness World Records achievement with operator Betway, and jackpot winner, Jon.
A spokesperson for Guinness World Records said: “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 on Betway's website. And Jon is certainly in the moolah now, thanks to his exceptional stroke of luck.”
Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, remarked: “When news broke about Jon’s amazing jackpot win back in October, we were overjoyed – what an incredible and heart-warming story. 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!”