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British Soldier Scoops Record-Breaking Mega Moolah Jackpot

A British soldier has smashed all previous Mega Moolah jackpot records after snapping up £13.2 million on the popular Microgaming progressive slot. Jonathon Heywood, from Crewe in Cheshire, placed a 25p bet on the game, whose jackpot had been growing steadily over the past few months, and was shocked to discover that he landed the top prize.

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Jonathon didn’t just smash a Mega Moolah record - he surpassed a Guinness World Record set by a Finnish player in 2013, who picked up €17,861,813 million on Mega Fortune. The £13.2 million windfall set by Heywood worked out to €17,879,645. The top prize on Mega Moolah is always paid out in the currency used by the winner of the game.

Heywood, who previously served in Afghanistan, plans to spend some of the money to help his father, who needs both a heart and lung transplant. “It’s amazing,” said Heywood to the BBC. “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.” In addition to his lofty goal of assisting his family, he also plans to swap his Fiat Punto for a Bentley Continental convertible GT.

Microgaming officials also expressed their delight at Heywood’s good fortune. CEO of Microgaming Roger Raatgever commented, “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.”

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