Microgaming has confirmed reports earlier this week that a world record online progressive jackpot has been hit at one of its licensees, advising that a UK player at the Betway online casino is now an instant multi-millionaire.
The big hit took place on the Mega Moolah progressive slot just after midnight on October 7, when UK player Jon Heywood hit the mega jackpot, winning GBP 13,213,838.68.
Using the exchange rate on the day of the win, this is the equivalent of Euro 17,879,645.12, making it the largest ever online slot win. As with all Microgaming’s progressive jackpot wins, the jackpot will be paid out to the player in a lump sum.
Jonathon, a 26-year-old soldier from Cheshire, couldn’t believe his luck when the life-changing figure splashed up on his screen, but he still managed to make it in to work just hours later Microgaming reports.
“It’s all so surreal, and I can’t come to terms with it just yet, I just kept staring at my screen and seeing this huge number in my Betway account” the fortunate warrior said.
Betway’s spokesman, Alan Alger, added: “We are delighted for Jonathon and having met him the day after his win we can honestly say that it couldn’t happen to a nicer young man. We hope he really enjoys the World Record win”.
Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, commented: “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!”
The massive win eclipses even the Euro 17,861,813 previous record achieved on NetEnt‘s Mega Fortune progressive in 2013 .