It is the aim of every player that plays the popular Mega Moolah slot to trigger the Jackpot Bonus Game, and yet it is an aspect of the slot that relatively few people get to turn their dreams into a reality.
As such, there have been many ‘facts’ spouted about the Mega Moolah jackpot bonus game over the years. In this article, we are going to sort the facts from the fantasy.
We’ll answer some key questions too, such as how to play Mega Moolah’s Jackpot Bonus Game, how you get to trigger the Jackpot Wheel, how the wheel is organised and how your spin of the wheel will progress and what it could mean.
When I write about the Jackpot Bonus Game, Jackpot Bonus, Jackpot Bonus Wheel and the Jackpot Wheel, they are all the same thing. It is the bonus game that looks like this:
Let’s start by getting a clear understanding of how the Mega Moolah Jackpot Bonus game fits into the general Mega Moolah slot.
- How do I trigger the Mega Moolah Jackpot Bonus Game?
Other than spinning the reel for the minimum bet price of 0.25 per spin, then there is nothing else you can do to influence whether or not you will trigger the Jackpot Bonus as it is awarded entirely at random in the slot game.
However, you can increase your chances of landing the bonus on any particular spin by betting more on that spin. The more you bet on a spin over 0.25, then the more chance you have of triggering the Jackpot Wheel. Similarly, the more spins you have in a session, then the more chances you give yourself of landing the bonus.
That said, your expectations of landing the Jackpot Bonus wheel should be somewhat tempered. Nobody knows what your exact chances are of triggering the bonus game itself as Microgaming keeps that information a secret. However, it is entirely possible to play through many, many spins and never trigger the bonus.
Yet on other occasions, you could, in theory at least, trigger the bonus twice in just the space of a few spins. It is all down to pure luck as to whether your spin is one that will trigger the bonus.
Why do Microgaming elect to offer the Jackpot Bonus game in this way? Well firstly, it avoids having a single universal fee to play the slot (as is the case if you want to play for the progressive jackpot on games like Major Millions, Treasure Nile or King Cashalot) and by offering a range of spin prices, this caters for a far higher number of players. Higher rollers may want to play for the 6.25 per spin, while those with much smaller bankrolls can still play and enjoy the game for considerably less.
In addition, by offering spins from just 0.25, Mega Moolah is not just a game with one of the highest jackpots available online today, but it is also one of the cheapest progressive jackpot games to play, and that in an age when every penny counts, is certainly a key issue for many.
- What happens when the Jackpot Bonus Game is triggered?
If you are fortunate enough to trigger the Jackpot Bonus on a spin, then the first thing that will happen is that the reels that you play the base game on will disappear (don’t worry, your cash is safe and the reels will return once your bonus spin is completed). Then the Jackpot Bonus when page will be loaded up onto the screen.
The wheel comprises of several different sections and they are identified by having their own colour and their own symbol in each section of the reel. The mini section is red coloured, the minor jackpot section is more orange while the major jackpot section is yellow and lastly, the Mega Jackpot, the top prize, is a silvery/white colour.
The pointer to the left of the wheel is the key to the game and all you do is click on the spin button to put the bonus wheel in motion. There is no charge to you for this spin and as you will see from the way the wheel is set out, your spin will result in your winning one of the four progressive jackpots available on the Mega Moolah slot.
However, as you will notice, there is much more chance of you winning either the Mini or Minor jackpot prizes then there is of you winning the Major or Mega and as such, the smaller two jackpot prizes, as you would expect, are the ones that are won most often (both are usually won several times a day).
Obviously, the Major Jackpot and in particular the Mega Jackpot are won far less frequently as they are worth considerably more in value. It is also important to note that your chances of winning each of the jackpots shown is not exactly how they are represented visually on screen on the Jackpot Wheel.
In truth, the Jackpot Bonus game spin has millions if potential outcomes but to represent this on a wheel is impossible as each sector would be so tiny as to render it almost invisible on the screen. As such, the wheel is just the device used to show you the outcome of your spin on the wheel. Your chances of winning the Mega Jackpot are therefore not one in 20 as the sectors seem to suggest.
Once you hit the spin button in the Jackpot Bonus game the random number generator will select a prize for you and then the wheel spinning will replicate that outcome.
- What happens after a Jackpot Bonus Game spin?
Once your bonus game spin has been completed and you have won either the Mini, Minor or Major Jackpot prize, then your account will be credited with your win and the jackpot bonus game will end and the slot will then return to the base game that you usually play.
However, if you are fortunate enough to win the Mega Jackpot, then you will see the entire jackpot flash on the screen and you will shortly be contacted by your casino to confirm your win and go through the ratification process. It’s important that you register with the casino with your correct name and address and phone number, because fake accounts will not be honoured.
At this point, the casino will also arrange with you some of the key decisions you need to make as a big jackpot winner, such as whether to go public with the win, how you want to receive your lump sum payment. You may also seek financial advice to help you deal with the many issues you will now face regarding your bumper win. Such as placing some of the winnings in a term deposit while you think about how to best invest the money.
Essentially, when you trigger the Jackpot Bonus Game in Mega Moolah, you are guaranteed a progressive jackpot win, however you are more likely to win the smaller jackpot available on the slot, those Mega Jackpot wins are still rarities but they can be won, as over 50 players so far have found out since the game first began. You can see those winners on our Mega Moolah Winners page.