The Biggest Jackpot Wins in History

While most of them wouldn’t admit, all gamblers dream of hitting a jackpot. Make no mistake, they know the odds are not in their favour but many of them also know that hitting a jackpot at an online slot machine is way more likely than, say, winning a lottery.

Mega Moolah is one of the most generous online progressive jackpots in the industry. Since its release in 2006, its Mega jackpot was hit more than 60 times, paying out over $1 billion in the process. It has made another millionaire this May, paying out close to €7.8 million to a user playing for the Atlantean Treasure Mega Moolah progressive jackpot. Is it a big win? It certainly is – but much bigger sums were paid out by slot machines in the past.

Mega Fortune at, 2013

Mega Fortune is a progressive jackpot slot machine built by the Swedish developer NetEnt that made a name for itself by becoming the game paying out the biggest progressive jackpot at an online casino at the time. While its Guinness world record has been broken, it remains known for its generous payouts.

The biggest jackpot win paid by Mega Fortune happened in January 2013, when a Swedish player who preferred to remain anonymous won €17.8 million at, a government-run online casino from the Åland Islands.

This Mega Fortune jackpot has remained a Guinness World Record until 2018 when…

Mega Moolah at Betway, 2015

…paid out another record-breaking amount, £13,2 million (€17.88 million) to a lucky British player. The winner, a 26-year-old veteran from Cheshire, UK, told the press that he was playing the game while watching TV at home.

This payout has been confirmed and recognized by Guinness World Records, and even though the speciality press has written about bigger wins that were paid out ever since (including an €18.9 million Mega Moolah payout in 2018), Heywood’s win still remains the official record holder to this day.

Megabucks at Excalibur Hotel-Casino, Las Vegas, 2003

To this day, the biggest jackpot win in the history of slot machines – online and real-life – was the one hit by a 25-year-old Los Angeles software engineer who preferred to remain anonymous. He was visiting Las Vegas for “March Madness”, a major college basketball event, and – like most other people who visit Sin City – has tried his luck at the slot machines.

The amount he won was fabulous, to say the least: $39.7 million, the biggest amount ever paid out by slot machines since their invention in the late 19th century.

Megabucks is the most generous land-based slot machine. Between its introduction by developer IGT in 1986 and its record-breaking payout, Megabucks has made 58 millionaires, paying out a total amount of $425 million – and it has made way more ever since, including two more millionaires this July.

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