The Mega Moolah slot is the world’s most famous progressive jackpot pokie, with an unmatched record for providing multi-million dollar payouts. Launched a decade ago, the sequel Mega Moolah Isis is also popular, but the original remains the king.
The Mega Moolah slots game is a 5 reel, 25 payline progressive jackpot online pokie. There is a limited range of three coin sizes – 0.01, 0.02 and 0.05 – and between 1 – 5 coins can be played per line. This means the max bet ranges in size between $1.25 – $6.25 (with a minimum bet of 0.01), and it’s important to note that although the progressive jackpot is randomly triggered, your chances of activating it are increased when you’re betting the max. All wins pay left to right, except for scatter wins which pay anywhere on the reels, and are multiples of the line bet (scatter wins are multiples of the total bet).
There are four levels of progressive jackpot to be won on the Mega Moolah casino game – Mega, Major, Minor and Mini. Access to the progressive jackpot bonus feature is randomly triggered, although your chances of this are improved when you’re betting the maximum number of coins and paylines.
The progressive jackpot bonus feature is played as a separate game. You are presented with a jackpot wheel which is divided into twenty segments – 10 for the Mini Jackpot, 6 for the Minor Jackpot, 3 for the Major Jackpot and 1 for the Mega Jackpot. Players spin the wheel, and where it ends up determines which of the four progressive jackpots you win.
Each jackpot has a minimum value, but there is no limit as to how high they can grow. The Mini Jackpot starts at $10, the Minor Jackpot at $100, the Major Jackpot at $10,000, and the Mega Jackpot at $1,000,000. A percentage of every losing spin wherever the game is played contributes to the jackpot prize pool, which is why it grows so quickly and to such huge sums.
15x free spin bonus feature
In addition to the progressive jackpot, there is also a Mega Moolah free spins feature. This is triggered by hitting 3x, 4x or 5x Monkey scatter symbols anywhere on the reels, and all wins during the free spins bonus are multiplied 3x. Further free spins can also be won at any time during the bonus round.
The Mega Moolah slots game has a long and glorious record of huge jackpot wins. The Mega Jackpot is won on average every seven months, with all jackpot wins being paid out in a lump sum, and to date the game has paid out more than NZD$940 million in prizes.
The record jackpot prize win is NZD$29.28 million, which was won at Betway online casino in October 2015 by a player in the UK, with other recent big wins including one of NZD$11.3 million in April 2016 at All Slots.
The Mega Moolah casino game was released in 2006 and so it is perhaps not as visually impressive as more modern pokies. Nevertheless, there is a bright and fun African theme, featuring wild animals such as lions, monkeys, antelope, elephants and giraffes, with earthy colours that reflect the landscape. The music consists of African drumming and jungle sounds in the background, and this is punctuated by a shaking rain stick and upbeat bursts of music on winning spins.
The Mega Moolah slot is rightly famous for its huge, life-changing payouts, although with a RTP of about 95% and a free spin bonus round where wins are tripled, there is still plenty to recommend it as a pokie in its own right. The gameplay is quick and straightforward and the visuals and sound effects appealing, although it is the lure of an enormous jackpot that has kept players coming back to the game for more than ten years.