Mega Moolah, the world’s best-known online progressive jackpot slot, since it was launched by Microgaming in 2006 has paid out over $820 million in prize money. There are four progressive jackpots in the game, the largest of which starts at $1 million.
Mega Moolah features 5 reels and 25 paylines and has a maximum bet size that ranges between $0.25 – $6.25. Coin sizes are limited to 0.01, 0.02 and 0.05 and players have the option of playing between 1–5 coins per line. Wins pay from left to right, apart from scatter wins which are awarded anywhere on the reels. Although the progressive jackpot bonus feature is randomly triggered, it’s important to know that the chances of this happening are increased when you bet the max.
The 15x free spin feature is triggered when you hit 3x, 4x or 5x Monkey scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. All wins are tripled during this bonus round, which makes the payout for hitting 5x Lion Wild symbols $11,250 when betting the maximum coin size and paylines. During the bonus feature, additional free spins can be awarded, again for hitting 3x, 4x or 5x Monkey scatter symbols.
It’s probably fair to say that Mega Moolah is showing its age a bit these days, particularly when compared to some of Microgaming’s later progressive jackpot slots (most notably The Dark Knight). However, the visuals and sound effects are not really the reason why anyone plays Mega Moolah and so these shortcomings can be overlooked. Nevertheless, the design is bright and fun, featuring African animals as the symbols, combined with a drumbeat soundtrack and loud bursts of African music on winning spins.
There are four different progressive jackpots available on Mega Moolah, and access to these is randomly triggered. However, as noted above, betting the max gives you a greater chance of getting access to the bonus round.
When the progressive jackpot bonus round is activated, you are taken to a new screen with a big wheel (like you might find on a game show, or something similar). The wheel is divided into 20 different sections – 1 for the Mega Jackpot; 3 for the Major Jackpot; 6 for the Minor Jackpot; and 10 for the Mini Jackpot. While the wheel is spinning, players hit the Stop button and where it ends up determines which of the four jackpots you’ve won.
Each jackpot continues to grow until it’s won, with a proportion of every losing spin on the game worldwide contributing to the pool. The ultimate size that each can grow to is unlimited, but each has a minimum starting point: Mega Jackpot – $1,000,000; Major Jackpot – $10,000; Minor Jackpot – $100; Mini Jackpot – $10
With an average RTP of 95%, the Mega Moolah jackpot increases extremely quickly, and the huge number of players it attracts around the world also means that major jackpot prizes are won relatively frequently.
The biggest ever jackpot on Mega Moolah was in October 2015 when a UK player won an astonishing CAD$25.48 million when playing at Betway online casino, and on average, the Mega Jackpot is won every seven months.
Aside from the progressive huge jackpot, Mega Moolah has a number of special features that make it an enjoyable game in its own right. The game can be played in most mobile casinos, for instance, either directly in the browser of your smartphone or tablet, or via a casino app. The game also features a 15x free spin bonus feature where all wins are tripled, as well as wild and scatter symbols.