An evening of casino gaming is one of those pastimes that never goes out of fashion. In fact, the advent of online options and live gaming has made it more popular than ever. We’ve all seen the warnings, and the vast majority of us understand the axiom that the house always wins. We play casino games because they are fun, and while the chance of winning some money is definitely part of the attraction, we understand that it’s the casino that will come out on top in the long run.
Still, though, that possibility is a tantalizing one. It’s part of the reason we are attracted to slot games, even if they don’t involve the same sort of strategic thinking as, say, blackjack. With the latter, you are only ever going to win 150 percent of your stake for a natural. But when it comes to hitting the casino jackpot on a slots game – well, just see for yourself what can happen.
£13.2 million on Mega Moolah ($20 million)
Mega Moolah has a reputation for living up to its name, and has coughed up some obscenely high jackpots on the casino floors of Vegas over the years. But if you ever wondered whether the online version is really the same, the tale of Jon Heywood should assuage your fears. The British soldier scooped the incredible jackpot while passing the time at home in between active tours, and it was from a bet of just 25p (30c). There’s a real feel-good side to this story, as Jon was able to afford the best possible medical care for his father, who was at the time awaiting a heart and lung transplant.
€17.9 million on Mega Fortune ($20 million)
If this win took place today, it would comfortably top the list, but owing to exchange rates at the time, it is just pushed into second place. Again, it was a bet of only 25 cents that led to the incredible jackpot win in 2013. The winner was a man in his 40s from Finland, but perhaps wisely, he chose to keep his identity a secret. Still, the win was big news in his home country, and made playing on the slots there even more popular.
€11.7 million on Mega Fortune ($13 million)
Staying in Scandinavia, we come to the story of the Norwegian man who couldn’t sleep one night in September of 2011. He decided to log on to his favorite casino site in the middle of the night and spin the Mega Fortune reels, and next thing he knew, he was celebrating a win worth $13 million. Chances are, he thought he was fast asleep and dreaming after all!
€8.6 million on Mega Fortune ($9.6 million)
Ae you spotting a pattern yet? Same game and yet another Scandinavian, this time a man called Alexander from Sweden. He achieved the win within weeks of Jon Heywood taking the Mega Moolah machine for $20 million.
$9.2 million on Mega Moolah
The fifth highest online win, it is the highest prize to be scooped via a smartphone app and the biggest online win in US history. Not much is known about the winner, who hit the jackpot in April 2017. One thing is for sure, though. With the rise of mobile gaming, there are certain to be even bigger mobile jackpot winners to come.