In April, 2021, a unamed Belgian gambler set a new world record for the highest payout ever from a single spin of an online slot. Having invested €15 on Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolan – a five-reel, three-row progressive jackpot from Microgaming – at the Napoleon Sports & Casino, which is headquartered in Aalst, East Flanders, the anonymous player collected the eye-watering sum of €19.4 million, or £16.3 million, at the current exchange rate.
In so doing, John Doe beat the previous record, €17.9 million, or £13.2 million, set by British soldier Jon Heywood from Crewe, Cheshire in 2015. Coincidentally, Heywood also won his life-changing jackpot on Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah, but at Betway Casino; his story is chronicled elsewhere in these pages.
Slick graphics, trouble-free mechanics and an official Return to Player percentage of 92.02% make Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah a popular slot at online casinos worldwide. Absolootly Mad: Mega Moolah incorporates four progressive,networked jackpots, namely Mini, Minor, Major and Mega, which start at £10, £100, £1,000 and £1 million, respectively, and can be won by spinning the Jackpot Bonus Reel. All told, the slot offers 243 ways to win, with stakes ranging from £0.20 to £50 a spin and has developed a reputation for yielding record-breaking jackpots on a regular basis.
Indeed, John Coleman, CEO of Microgaming, said, ‘We’re absolootly [sic] delighted to see Mega Moolah make history once again…’ For his part, the incredulous, but lucky, Belgian winner said, ‘At first, you can hardly believe it and I think it will take a long time to sink in completely. It was on my last spin that it happened.’