On Wednesday 7th October, 2015, UK player Jonathon Heywood won the Mega Jackpot just after midnight (GMT) while playing at Betway Casino on a progressive jackpot pokie called Mega Moolah. The jackpot had been growing for more than 125 days and it eventually climbed to a world-record-breaking £13,213,838.68 before it was won (which is approximately NZ$30.1 million).
However, had he been playing in New Zealand dollars at the time of hitting the jackpot, he would have won NZ$13,213,838.68. If he had been playing in Euros at the time he would have won €13,213,838.68, and so on. He vows to use some of his windfall to pay for medical treatment for his father, Douglas, 54, who is currently in need of a heart & lung transplant.
According to reports, the Afghanistan veteran, from Crewe, Cheshire, has his eyes on purchasing a yellow Bentley Continental GT and he will also pay for his relatives to go on a Mediterranean cruise. Jonathon made an initial £30 deposit (approx. NZ$70) and he had the line bet and the coin value both set to the lowest values possible, meaning that he was just playing with £0.25 per spin (approx. NZ$0.50) when the progressive jackpot bonus round triggered.
“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,” said Jonathon. A spokesperson for Betway Casino, 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.”
Betway Casino is an eCOGRA-certified online casino which is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority. It welcomes a wide range of New Zealand online payment options and it accepts New Zealand dollars. This perfectly secure Kiwi online casino is powered entirely by downloadable and non-downloadable by Microgaming software and the CEO of Microgaming, Roger Raatgever, also commented on this incredible win.
He said, “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.” We took all of the comments contained within this article from a recent Microgaming press release.