Online gambling is one of the biggest industries in the world, generating billions of pounds every year. As a result, the industry has changed people’s lives by making them multi-millionaires overnight. Slot machines tend to be fairly popular amongst players who are looking for a quick win, and if you play games on Paddy Power, you could also join the list of people that have won the jackpot.
There have been multiple winners over the years, but here are 4 of the biggest online game jackpots ever.
Anonymous – €18.9 million (£16.5 million)
Last month, the world record for highest payout on an online casino game was set when a lucky player managed to walk away with almost €19 million. Over the past few months, the progressive jackpot on the world-famous Mega Moolah game has constantly been climbing over the £10 million marks.
Understandably, the multi-millionaire slot player has decided to remain anonymous for the time being, but there is no doubt they’ll remember their 75 cent bet for the rest of their life. Not only is the highest payout in the world, but it is also the highest paid out to someone who played on a mobile device.
The Mega Moolah online slot machine has a history of paying out huge sums of money and you can expect to see the name appear a number of times throughout this article.
Jon Heywood – €17.9 million (£13.2 million)
To date, this is the largest UK jackpot payout in an online slot machine game. Jon Heywood, a British soldier, placed just 25p on the online slots game Mega Moolah and got £13,213,838.68 in return. Not a bad return for someone who had bet a small sum of money and had just opened their online account 25 minutes prior to his win.
Heywood has kept a low-profile since his win, but shortly after his win, he did announce that he’d be spending it on the best possible medical treatment for his dad, as well as treating himself to a yellow Bentley Continental GT.
Until the record win last month, this was the world record for the highest amount paid out to an online jackpot winner due to the pound-to-euro conversion rate at the time.
Anonymous – €17.8 million (£15.5 million)
Before Jon Heywood’s win in 2015, the record for the biggest jackpot was set in Finland in 2013. Unlike our previous jackpot winner, our anonymous winner managed to secure his jackpot on the Mega Fortune slot game.
Like Jon Heywood, the lucky Finnish man also placed the equivalent of 25p on the slot machine before securing the multi-million jackpot, – becoming an overnight millionaire.
This winner also decided to stay anonymous, but the forty-something-year-old man did announce that he “laughed and cried at the same time” when he realized that this was a dream come true.
Anonymous / Mr. Gary L – €4.2 million (£3.7 million)
The majority of keen gamblers tend to visit their favorite online casino site on their computer rather than on their mobile device. However, with more sites developing their own app or editing their site to make it mobile friendly, people are starting to prefer using their phone to gambler rather than their computers.
This jackpot amount might not be as large as the other’s mentioned in this article, but it was a win that was quite unique at the time. In 2013, ‘Mr. Gary L’ won around £3.7 million on his sofa, playing the Mega Moolah slots on his iPhone. At the time, this was the largest mobile jackpot in the UK.
These are just a few examples of those who have been lucky enough to secure the multi-million-pound jackpots online over the years. Obviously, some people have been luckier than others, but with the way that progressive jackpots works, there have been plenty of people that have won a decent sum of money – you never know, you may be the next big winner!