It's official! Microgaming has been awarded the title of "Largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game" by the Guinness World Records.
It was on October 6, 2015, that a UK player named Jon Heywood hit the mega jackpot prize while playing on Microgaming's Mega Moolah online slot game, making him £13,213,838.68 (€17,879,645.12 or US$19,745,207.27) richer!
Mr. Heywood, a Cheshire soldier who went to Afghanistan with the Army in the past, became an instant overnight multi-millionaire just from a 25p bet. After a comprehensive approval process with supporting evidences submitted by both Microgaming and the online betting and gaming company that he played at, along with confirmation from eCOGRA, the Guinness World Records has declared the win as a true-blue world record for the world of online gaming. Heywood shares this Guinness title with both Microgaming and the site where he played.
The CEO of Microgaming Roger Raatgever said, "When news broke about Jon's amazing jackpot win back in October, we were overjoyed - what an incredible and heart-warming story. We've achieved many industry records over the years, but to be officially awarded a Guinness World Records title is a special and proud moment for us all. It cements our position in providing the largest and most exciting progressive jackpot network in the industry. We can't wait to hang the certificate in our office reception!"
The representative of Guinness World Records also stated that, "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."
When asked what to do with his winnings, Mr. Heywood instantly answered without any hesitation - he will first and foremost buy the "best possible medical treatment" for his father who is waiting for a lung and heart transplant. He added, "Family comes first and I'd give all this money back for him to be healthy again."
When he won the jackpot on October 6, he even went to work the next day and kept quiet about it for a good 3 days!
Mr. Heywood currently owns a Fiat Punto, and he said that with his winnings he would also like to buy himself a luxury car, which is a yellow Bentley Continental convertible GT.
Source: Microgaming - https://www.microgaming.co.uk/ Guinness World Records - http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/ eCOGRA - http://www.ecogra.org/