Why did Guinness Hand Microgaming a Certificate?
February 9, 2016
On February 2nd, 2016, Pravin Patel from Guinness World Records handed Microgaming a certificate for a world-record-breaking progressive jackpot win that occurred at Betway Casino last year. This huge jackpot win was actually recognised by Guinness World Records towards the beginning of December 2015, but the official Guinness World Records® certificate wasn’t presented to Microgaming until February 2nd at the ExCel centre in London, for this year’s ICE Totally Gaming exhibition.
Microgaming wasn’t the only one to receive an official Guinness World Records® certificate on February 2nd. A Guinness adjudicator also handed certificates to Betway Casino (where the huge win occurred) and also to the lucky winner (26-year-old Jonathon Heywood from Cheshire, England).
The former British soldier placed a £0.25 bet (approx. AU$0.50) on the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot pokie and ended up triggering the progressive jackpot bonus round. He took a spin of the bonus wheel and ended up hitting the ‘Mega' Jackpot (the largest of the four accumulating prize pools).
Jonathon won a total of £13,213,838.68 (or €17,879,645.12) which was approximately NZ$30.1 million and his incredible win occurred just after midnight on October 6th, 2015. This life-changing win is now recognised by Guinness World Records as the ‘Largest Jackpot Payout in an Online Slot Machine Game’
“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,” said a spokesperson for Guinness back in December.
The Microgaming CEO, Roger Raatgever, said in a recent press release, “It was fantastic to welcome Jon to our stand at ICE for the official Guinness World Records certificate handover. Having spent some time with him today, I can honestly say it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.” He then finished by saying, “We’re proud to share the world record and look forward to creating our next jackpot millionaire.”
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