Every player when playing at online casinos dreams about winning the jackpot. No matter what your favorite casino game – be it an online slot, blackjack, or video poker – the prospect of walking away with a life-changing sum of money is truly the stuff of fantasy. Still, for a lucky minority, it’s a blissful reality. Across Europe and of course the UK, numerous players have scooped massive prizes at online casinos, winning enough to redefine their entire lives. Below, we take a look at the continent’s biggest successes, all of which span their way to glory on progressive jackpot slots. The same titles appear multiple times and account for big amounts of money, even creating world records. Here follow the biggest wins with the luckiest online casino players from the oldest to the most recent:
Nr 1 — January 2013 – €17.8m for Finnish player
On January 20th 2013, one lucky Finnish man was playing Mega Fortune at PAF Casino, a Scandinavian online casino, when he won €17.8m (just over £15m today). His winning bet cost him just 25 cents, but saw him receive a life-changing progressive jackpot prize in return. Though little is known of the winner, he claimed to have laughed and cried at the same time, overwhelmed by the unexpected win.
Nr 2 — October 2015 – £13.2m for British player
Another Mega Moolah player saw their life change forever with one well-placed, well-timed bet. Mr. Jon Heywood, from Crewe, Cheshire, had made a 25p wager on Mega Moolah at Betway Casino on October 6th 2015. Mr Heywood had served as a soldier and toured Afghanistan, and in the year before winning, his grandfather had died.
The 26 year-old claimed he would invest in quality medical care for his father (due for a major lung and heart operation), and a classic care. This win overtook the anonymous Norwegian man’s win on Mega Fortune to claim the Guinness World Record for the largest jackpot payout at an online slot game.
Nr 3 — September 2011 – €11.7m for Norwegian Player
One night, when one anonymous player from Norway couldn’t sleep, he decided to visit Betsson Casino instead. Trying your luck at an online casino wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice when trying to fall asleep again, but it paid off for this individual. The choice might have left him awake, but also transformed him into a millionaire.
On 24th September 2011, the anonymous man managed to win €11.7m for his efforts on Mega Fortune, which is worth a little over £10m today, and was unable to get back to sleep until dawn. This actually became a Guinness World Record, as the biggest jackpot payout at an online slot game. This has been broken since.
Nr 4 — November 2015 – €8.5m for Swedish Player
Back on the 28th November 2015, one lucky man from Sweden managed to win €8.5m while playing NetEnt’s famous Mega Fortune game. Alexander, just 30 at the time, was stunned to find himself scooping the massive prize, which equates to almost £7.4m now.
The man claimed he woke his wife to tell her of the life-changing news upon winning, and intended to pay off his mortgage (as well as taking a holiday or two). Mega Fortune is a dynamic progressive jackpot slot game, which features 5 reels, 3 rows, and 25 paylines; there’s a special bonus game, in which players spin a wheel to snap up one of several prizes. Luckily for Alexander, his turn was the winning one.
Nr 5 — August 2016 – €7.9m for an anonymous player
This winner has been shrouded in secrecy, with no details on their name or location. Known just as D.P, this individual was playing Mega Moolah at Zodiac Casino on the 28th of August 2016 when they won €7.9m (£6.8m today).
They were known to have been playing on an iPad, and the winner had joined Zodiac Casino’s ‘80 Chances to Become a Millionaire’ incentive. In order to qualify, players had only to deposit a single Euro. This is the biggest progressive jackpot to have been won on a mobile device. As mobile casinos continue to become more and more popular, this record will be broken again and again.
Nr 6 — April 2015 – €7.8m for an anonymous player
Another winner on Hall of Gods, with its three progressive jackpots. This individual was playing at Betsson Casino on the 18th of April 2015, and won 7.8m EUR, and kept their identity, gender, and location secret afterwards. NetEnt’s Hall of Gods has changed multiple lives for the better since it launched in 2010. Given the growth of online casinos and mobile gaming, this doesn’t look set to change anytime soon.
Nr 7 — November 2012 – €7.6m for Swedish Woman
In November 2012, one Swedish woman managed to walk away a millionaire following her win at Unibet Casino (a well-known online casino and sports-betting site). She was playing Hall of Gods at the time; a slot game developed by NetEnt, and claimed €7.6m (nearly £66m today). When asked about her win, she said she planned to pay for her house and take care of loans, as well as treating her family to a Thai holiday. At the time, this was Unibet’s largest jackpot win, and she became the casino’s fifth millionaire.
Hall of Gods gives players the chance to win three progressive jackpots, with a theoretic payout of 96.5 percent. This is based on Norse mythology, featuring such iconic figures as Loki, Odin, and Thor. The three jackpots are small, medium, and large, ranging from thousands to millions, offering multiple lucky winners enough to change their lives.
Nr 8 — March 2009 – €6.3m for Greek Player
March 2009 saw one lucky Greek man, known only as Georgios M., snatch a healthy €6.3m in cash at the River Belle Casino. This equates to just over £5,4m today. Mr. M was playing Mega Moolah, a game known as ‘the Millionaire Maker’, at River Belle online casino. This is a progressive slot developed by Microgaming (one of the leading software developers) known for its large jackpots, and has created other incredibly wealthy winners in its time. Mr. M was 36 at the time, and owned his own business. Mega Moolah features 5 reels and 25 paylines, with a four-tiered progressive jackpot. There are now multiple spin-offs, such as Mega Moolah 5 Reel Drive, Mega Moolah Summertime, and Mega Moolah Isis, each with subtle variations.