Jackpot Stars – Mega Moolah

May 12, 2020 | Jackpots


It’s time to place a magnifying glass against some of our most popular Jackpot slots. Here we shine the spotlight on Mega Moolah from Microgaming


Top 5 things to love about Mega Moolah

  1. Frequent base game wins
  2. Four Jackpots
  3. Enormous prize potential
  4. Fun theme
  5. Rewarding Free Spins game



Why is Mega Moolah a Jackpot favourite?

Many people think of Mega Moolah as the big daddy of all jackpot games. It even carries the nickname “The Millionaire Maker”. That’s because it’s responsible for some of the largest jackpot wins of all time – including one for over $20 million! Despite being launched back in 2006, Mega Moolah continues to hit top 10 Jackpot lists all around the world, every single day.

Microgaming is the team behind the scenes. This game provider is one of the original kids on the block, tracing its roots to the very beginning of Online Casino entertainment. Despite now being in the company of numerous fierce competitors, Mega Moolah has stood up to copy (jungle) cats and jackpot games offering similar win potential. 

Today, Mega Moolah appears on more than 160 sites, all of which contribute to its progressive Jackpot. Microgaming has paid out close to $1 billion to players all over the world!


What theme does it follow?

Welcome to the jungle! Mega Moolah was one of the first slot games to shroud itself in a wild animal theme. The idea has been replicated several times over ever since, but this original interpretation still retains its magic. 

It is set in the African Savannah, but there isn’t much animation going on in the background. Instead, you’re treated to the rather serene view of a solitary tree set against a magnificent orange sunset. If you’re a bit of a slot veteran, you’ve definitely come across several other similar vistas. Keep the sound on if you don’t mind being exposed to the sounds of the jungle – that’s birds chirping, lions roaring and all the rest.

As you might imagine, various animal symbols litter the reels, each one with its own little affectation. The Lion symbol is the game’s Wild, a rightful position for the king of the jungle. The Scatter is a characterful Monkey who offers a cheeky wink. He’s also how you trigger the Free Spins bonus game (probably the next best thing to hitting the Jackpot). Both of these are in good company, with a blundering Elephant, a robust Buffalo, a very chill Giraffe, a befuddled Zebra and an elegant Kudu (that’s an antelope to you and me).



What Bonus Features does Mega Moolah offer?

Okay, okay, I know that deep down you’re only here for that jackpot win, but there are other (admittedly smaller) ways to get rewarded when you play Mega Moolah. So even if you haven’t hit the Mega Jackpot yet, the bonus features will help you make back some bet spend so you can afford more spins, or happily walk away with a little profit. 



Wilds are your best chance for a big win within the base game. The Lion Wild landing on your screen is a reason to celebrate because it’s the highest paying symbol in the animal kingdom. Not only can this fearsome cat substitute for any other symbol to build winning lines, but it also adds a 2 x multiplier to the payout.

If you’re lucky enough to land 5 Lion Wilds on a winning payline then you’ll score a whopping 15,000 coins.


Multiplier Free Spins

The Free Spins game is almost (but not quite) as exciting as hitting the Jackpot wheel. You need three Monkey Scatters to trigger the bonus game for 15 Free Spins. This gets even better. During the 15 Free Spins, all the accumulated wins are tripled!


Jackpot Wheel

And now it’s time for the real showstopper. The Mega Moolah Bonus Wheel is your key to the room of dreams. I mean this quite honestly, because if the wheel stops on the Mega, then you’ve become an instant millionaire.

The real nerve-wracking part is that there’s no telling when the segmented wheel will occupy the grid – it could happen on any spin. Once it appears it will begin to spin and it’s your job to hit stop and watch it come to a halt. You’re guaranteed a prize from the Mega, Major, Minor, or Mini Jackpots. In the next section, we talk about numbers. 


Final verdict on Mega Moolah

We already mentioned that the base game alone offers the possibility of healthy prize money. The Lion Wilds are key to wins of 15,000 coins or more. But if you’re lucky enough to trigger the Jackpot Wheel of dreams you’ll walk away with one of four prizes.

The Mini Jackpot is usually fairly disappointing, bringing in a value in the 10s (i.e. $10 or $20). The Minor Jackpot is slightly better, usually valued at $100 or higher. The Major Jackpot is worth a celebration as you’ll be treated to thousands of dollars in prize money. If you land the Mega Jackpot then you’ll want to pick your jaw off the floor as you’ll be the ecstatic recipient of millions of dollars. In fact, the ‘reset’ value of Mega Moolah is $1,000,000, which means you’re guaranteed that amount and probably much more.

In 2015, Mega Moolah set the world record for the largest jackpot payout of any Online Slot Machine with a grand prize of close to $18 million. It later went on to break its own record with a payout of almost $19 million in September 2018.

On the 30th December 2019, one lucky player in New Zealand saw the Jackpot Bonus Game click onto that life-changing Mega sector to claim a massive $4,966,561.64 prize!

Once again on the 18th September 2021, another lucky player in New Zealand hit the Jackpot Bonus Game to claim the colossal prize of $5,160,432!


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