There is no point denying it, when it comes to progressive slot jackpots, Mega Moolah is the big daddy of them all.
Microgaming’s most famous and highest-paying progressive has been going for ten years now and the size of the progressive jackpots being won, just keeps on increasing.
First off, let us explain a little about the Mega Moolah jackpot game and how it is actually available in more than one theme. While most people are well aware that Mega Moolah is the big progressive jackpot game, you can actually play several other slots that share the same huge jackpot fund. In this article, we are going to primarily focus on the original Wild Africa themed slot for the review, but you can attempt to win the progressive playing any of the three other themes; American, Egyptian, and Holiday theme.
Now that we understand that you can land the Mega Moolah jackpot playing more than one slot, it’s now time to explain that the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot bonus game contains not just one jackpot, but four. The jackpot bonus game is triggered randomly, however the player may increase the chances of triggering the bonus game by betting the maximum amount.
Please note that the default currency of Mega Moolah is Pound Sterling (GBP). However the game can be played world wide and in various different currencies. This means that when a jackpot is won in a currency other than GBP, say, Canadian Dollars, then the amount is paid out in CAD, not GBP. Also note that only when the jackpot is actually won in GBP does the jackpot reset to 1 million. When won in another currency the jackpot resets to a converted value. For example, if the jackpot value is GBP 10 million but it is won by a player playing in Canadian dollars, then the player has won CAD 10 million, which is around GBP 6.3 million. Therefore the jackpot would reset to around GBP 3.7 million (depending on the forex of the day).
The progressive jackpot game takes on a different form to the base game slot behind it as it is a wheel. On that reel are four different coloured sectors, each sector, depending on the colour, corresponds to one of the four Mega Moolah jackpots available. Mini, Minor, Major and Mega.
Obviously, there are more slots on the reel for the smaller jackpots and when this wheel is triggered, the wheel is spun and when the wheel comes to rest, the jackpot the selector is pointing to is the one won by the player. Most of the time players will hit the Mini or Minor Jackpots, but occasionally a Major Jackpot is won but every so often, the Mega Jackpot is triggered and somebody somewhere celebrates a guaranteed 1 million+ credit win and often far, far more than that, as can be seen on our Mega Winner page.
You can only randomly trigger this Jackpot wheel however if you are playing the Mega Moolah base game, so now is a good time to learn a little more about this most popular of progressive slots.
The theme of the original Mega Moolah slot is an African Safari and it is a 5×3 reel slot, with 25 pay lines in operation and a maximum bet size of 125 coins. That equates to around 6.25 per spin, so you don’t have to break the bank betting large sums on every spin in order to give yourself a chance of the jackpot.
What is unusual about the Mega Moolah game however is that your chances of triggering the bonus jackpot wheel increase with the more money you wager on the spin. This means that you can play for smaller amounts, but you have a smaller chance of triggering the bonus wheel. Play for higher amounts and you have slightly more chance.
Don’t let that fact think that smaller stakes players have little chance of success. The Guinness World Record recognised largest ever jackpot was won by Jon Heywood, who with a 25p stake triggered the Mega Jackpot in October 2015 winning £13.2m!
The Mega Moolah base game is also well worth playing for plenty of other reasons. The game is fun, with cartoon style graphics and a host of creatures from an African Safari playing across the reels.
There’s also the chance of a huge 225,000 jackpot available to be won in free spins, and a 75,000 coin jackpot available in the base game.
The game features the usual assembly of bonus symbols. The in game Wild is the Lion symbol which substitutes for all other symbols on the reel, except the scatter symbol.
The Monkey is the in game Scatter symbol and when you land three or more of these across the reels, you trigger 15 free spins and all your wins in this section are tripled.
Mega Moolah is a medium to high variance game, probably out of necessity given the size of the progressive jackpot available. It is also one of the most instantly recognisable and popular progressive slots that you can play online today. It boasts the chance to win a huge amount of money, from spins that can cost as little as 0.01p, though you can of course increase that up to 6.25 if you prefer. Read our winning Mega Moolah tips and strategies article.
As progressive jackpots go, very few come anywhere near offering the potential for life-changing riches than Mega Moolah. It’s name sums up the slot somewhat perfectly.