- One of the highest paying slots.
- Awards top payouts frequently.
- Available at several casinos.
- A minimum £1 million payout.
- Available for mobile play.
- Jackpot is paid in one lump sum.
What Could Be Better
- Unavailable to US players.
- Awards low-tier prizes rarely.
- Return percentage is 94-95%.
... and Here's Our Review
Sit down at a wild African themed game, be lucky enough to trigger a random bonus jackpot round, and then bypass the Minor, Minor, and Major segments to land on the one "Mega" zone. Do those three things and you receive life-changing money.
That's the premise of the Mega Moolah game that provides for a guaranteed Mega Jackpot starting amount of £1,000,000!
Casinos that provide their customers with Mega Moolah prominently post those ever-increasing jackpots, and avid players will specifically choose a site based on its availability.
The Five-Reel Slot
Mega Moolah is a five-reel slot produced by Microgaming and linked through its dedicated casinos. The minimum bet starts out at 0.01 and, at any given time, tens of thousands of people are playing anywhere from 1p to £6.25 per round.
Microgaming is best known for launching the first online casino in 1994. It's a big player in the world of gaming software, responsible for nearly 1,000 unique games and 350 mobile-available versions.
It was Australian-based Aristocrat, though, that launched the video-based and five-reel slot modernization in 1979 with its Wild West game. Five reel slots allow for more pay lines but also encourage higher betting, as each pay line demands a separate wager. Today's five-reel slots can also be video based as well as offer progressive jackpots similar to this game.
As one of the most popular five-reel slot games, Mega Moolah combines small and big payout possibilities into one.
There are several versions of the game including:
- Mega Moolah
- Mega Moolah Isis (Egyptian themed)
- Five-Reel Drive (American themed)
The original game, though, is just called Mega Moolah, and it has a wild Africa flavor, combined with a Wheel of Fortune type random bonus.
- Five reels and 25 pay lines
- .01, .02, and .05 denominations, with the default set at .05
- Minimum bet = .01
- Maximum credits per line = 5
- Maximum credits per game = 125
- Maximum bet per game = 6.25
- Wild card = Lion
- Scatter symbol = Monkey
- Successful scatters = 15 free spins with a three times multiplier
- Four jackpots = Mini, Minor, Major, and Mega
- Top payout = Mega
- Jackpot trigger = random
- Jackpot play = Wheel of Fortune style; spin the wheel and hope for the Mega
- Mega Jackpot minimum = one million
- Maximum non-progressive payout = 15,000 credits awarded for five Lion symbols
- Practice mode = No
Mega Moolah has a dedicated website that offers all of the information that players could ever want to know about the game that has captured the attention of slot lovers around the world.
Their self-promoted payout percentage is 94% - 95%, and it is a medium to high variance game because of the top prize potential.
The higher the variance, the less of the "ordinary" wins that are paid out. Meaning that, because the jackpot is such a substantial amount, the occasional 100, 1,000, or 15,000 credit awards will come up less (46 – 47% total hit frequency). Low variance games don't have a focus on one big top prize, so you'll see more continuous prizes being issued equating to a higher percentage total hit frequency.
What Makes This Game Different?
As far as the game itself, the one notable feature that stands out and, is not always the case with jackpot progressives, is the random jackpot bonus trigger. With this type of set-up, a maximum bet is not necessary to spin the wheel for the "Mega" prize, or any of the bonus game awards
In a different progressive game, like Major Millions, five of the Major Millions Wild Cards are needed on one specified pay line combined with the maximum bet, to claim the top amount.
With Mega Moolah, a maximum isn't required, but the odds of triggering the bonus are directly tied into larger wagers. It only takes one bonus, though, so small bettors need not be discouraged.
In 2015, a player from Cheshire was awarded the largest jackpot ever at the time, according to its Guinness World Record, at £13.2 million. His wager? 25p.
The other thing that we feel puts Mega Moolah in a class of its own is the incredible publicity it provides for its lucky Mega winners.
With a dedicated website at megamoolah.com, the @megamoolah YouTube channel, and the PR and prominent promotion via all of its casino partners, dedicated slot players know its name. They know what the payout potential is and where to go to play, and will seek it out specifically.
Whereas most online gaming is determined through the selection of casino or sportsbook, Mega Moolah players find the casino to be secondary and the game itself to be the top priority.
The "mega jackpot" is always set at a minimum of one million. Mega Moolah promotes that its biggest winners will be instant millionaires so, regardless of the currency played, millionaire status is assured.
The amount is only completely reset to one-million if a player collects the prize in Pounds Sterling (GBP).
Aside from the top prize, slot players are still looking for as much payout potential as possible, so other top awards include:
The highest win for one pay line:
- Regular game play (no multiplier attached) – 15,000 credits x 5 credit bet = 75,000
- Free spin/multiplier play – 15,000 credits x 5 credit bet x 3 times multiplier – 225,000
Bonus Round Payouts:
The ultimate of all bonus round payouts is obviously "the Mega," but everyone who spins the wheel does win something. Prize amounts include £10+, £100+, £1000+, and a million pound minimum. Honestly, though, it would be quite disappointing to get so close to a million and end up with only £10.
For more than 11 years, "The Millionaire Maker" has been providing evidence that winning is possible. There are numerous life-changing stories from players who got lucky spinning the reels right from the comfort of their own home or even through their smartphone.
The most recent (at the time of this guide):
May 2017 – from the Tipico Casino – 3,722,530.12 Euros to a player from Norway
April 2017 – also from the Tipico Casino – 8 million Euro+ won through mobile play
March and January 2017 winners also resulted from the mobile play experience, and each paid out more than six million in Euro.
The most heartwarming:
October 2015 – a British soldier from Cheshire UK - £13.2 million
The largest mobile jackpots:
August 2016 – €7.9 million through the Zodiac Casino
April 2017 – the Tipico Casino payout of over €8 million
The small wager winners:
October 2011 - €3.8 million on a 0.50 wager through the Challenge Casino
December 2012 - £5.88 million with a 30p wager playing the Mega Moolah networked game The Dark Knight
As Mega Moolah is a product of Microgaming, it's available where Microgaming software is being used. Some of the casinos that carry Mega Moolah and have also provided some substantial payouts include:
- The Hippodrome Online
- Bodog88 (Mega Moolah Isis)
- Royal Vegas Casino
- Captain Cook's Casino
- Zodiac Casino
There are numerous others, and all you really need to do is search for Microgaming, and you're sure to come up with whole hosts of casinos.
One thing to note is that Mega Moolah is not available to US players, so you won't be able to find it on American-catering casinos' gaming sites.