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A few minutes before the publication of this article a lucky player spinning the reels on a Microgaming video slot won the Mega Moolah Mega Jackpot for a record-setting £13,212,882 at Betway, the largest progressive win online of all-time, providing a life-changing win to a lucky UK soldier.
The big win was taken by Jon Heywood, a 26 year old UK man who currently is serving as a soldier with a previous tour of duty in Afghanistan. He won the huge jackpot on a just a 25p stake, bringing home the biggest progressive win of all-time online as the amount translated to €17,879,645.12, which beats the previous record held by Net Entertainment's Mega Fortune jackpot by just €18,777.
Speaking about his reaction to the big win, Jon said, "It's all so surreal, and I can't come to terms with it just yet, I just kept staring at my screen and seeing this huge number in my Betway account." Despite striking the huge win, Jon was still able to get himself together and report to his post a few hours later, showing a lot of composure in a thrilling situation.
Jon revealed that his father is currently ill and is awaiting a heart and lung transplant, and he says the first thing he will do is make sure his dad gets the proper medical care he needs to survive. "The first thing I will spend it on is the best possible medical treatment for my dad. That's more important than anything. Family comes first and I'd give all this money back for him to be healthy again."
Microgaming CEO Roger Raatgever spoke about the record-setting win, noting: "We have the longest-standing progressive jackpot network, having launched the first internet progressive jackpot in 1998, as well as the biggest, having paid out over half a billion Euros to date. Our progressive jackpot network has set many records since its inception, but I'm absolutely overjoyed to say that our software has generated the world's largest ever online jackpot win. Many congratulations to Jonathon on this life-changing and historic win!"
Betway spokesman Alan Alger also commented on the win, noting: "We are delighted for Jonathon and having met him the day after his win we can honestly say that it couldn't happen to a nicer young man. We hope he really enjoys the World Record win."
The Mega Moolah Mega Jackpot is available to be won on a variety of Microgaming powered slot machines including The Dark Knight and the Mega Moolah Summertime games.
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