KFC Worker Wins $10 Million Playing Mega Moolah Slot… But Doesn’t QuitJune 23rd, 2016
One man from New Zealand got the shock of his life as on June 17th 2016 he triggered one of the biggest Microgaming slot jackpots around.
What would you do if you won $10 million? Quit your job? Jump in a bed of dollar bills, Scrooge McDuck style? Book a round the world ticket and disappear for the year?
Or head back to work at your local Kentucky Fried Chicken?
That’s exactly what 27 year old Rawiri Pou, from Matamata in New Zealand, did on the 18th of June, a day after becoming one of the biggest Microgaming jackpot slots winners.
This is his story, and how on that fateful evening in June, he became an instant millionaire.
How the Mega Moolah slot did it again
In the last year, Mega Moolah has been breaking records.
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It’s not like it’s not a famous slot, in fact it’s one of Microgaming’s most infamous casino games online, having been around for close to a decade.
But this last year has seen some crazy wins.
John Quinn, Head of Casino at Microgaming, said: “Mega Moolah and our progressive jackpot network continues to make the headlines. To be able to deliver frequent life-changing jackpots… is certainly a highlight of the job. Many congratulations to Rawiri… on this mega win.”
First we had the soldier in October 2015, from the UK, who broke the Guinness World Book of Records for biggest jackpot won at £13.3 Million (€17.8 million).
Then you had one anonymous winner back in April 2016 who won a staggering €6.9 million.
And now Rawiri, just a few months later, who at NZ$10,144,395.82 (€6.3 million) does quite beat either record, but we doubt he cares.
A $1,500 win kept him playing on slots
In this particular case, it seem that luck followed luck, as Rawiri didn’t start with a huge bankroll that evening.
He’d always loved Mega Moolah because of the wins within the game, rather than the jackpot… though it was always in the back of his mind of course.
What sealed the deal was one lucky huge win of $1,500, which he was very much tempted to withdraw there and then.
But something made him stop. Something made him wonder if maybe he should just push his luck a little further.
He increased his bet and kept spinning on the jackpot slot game
The thing about the Mega Moolah slot machine is that you can trigger any of the 4 jackpots randomly on any spin.
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We’ve seen people win with 0.20 bets, 5 bets, and anything in between.
But to be clear, Microgaming casinos do make it clear that the more you bet, the better your odds of triggering one of the 4 jackpots. It’s not guaranteed, but it does tip the odds in your favour slightly.
Rawiri upped his bet in order to try and get bigger wins within the game itself.
What he never expected was for his screen to flash, for him to enter the jackpot wheel bonus, and a $10,144,395.82 sum land in his online casino account.
No plans to quit KFC, despite life changing amount
It’s hard to fully comprehend what a sum like $10 million will do to your life. Which is probably why Pou has yet to quit his KFC job, or even sure if or when he will.
After all, it’s such a monstrous amount, the sky is pretty much the limit. And when you can have anything you’ve ever wanted, how do you know where to even start?
“I still can’t believe this is real, I’ve been in shock since I won and it is literally going to change my life. There is so much I want to do with this money and it couldn’t have come at a better time. My family are overwhelmed and so happy.” Said our lucky winner.
On the bright side, he was able to say ‘I told you so’ to his parents, who in the past haven’t really understood why he would rather spend his spare cash gambling rather than on more social activities.
How much did he actually win?
Here’s the bit where we help our international readers grasp the size of the sum, thanks to the internet and currency conversion.
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NZ$10,144,395.82 amounts to:
- CA$ 9,344,855.30
- 59,982,242.21 SEK
That’s a large fortune, no matter what currency you put it in.
Any clues as to how he’s going to spend the money?
The short answer? No. But despite his parent’s misgivings about his gambling ways, that won’t stop Rawiri from thinking of them first.
“Right now, the amount is too big to comprehend. But I come from a very close-knit family, so I’d like to spoil my mum, dad and three siblings.” Pou finally stated.
As with all Microgaming jackpots, he will receive the lump sum in one amount, and not as annuity, on the same week he won.
Can you re-create Rawiri’s success?
Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network is one of the biggest around, having paid out over €595 million to date.
Now most of you will probably think that there’s not much point playing on the Mega Moolah slot game as it only triggered 5 days ago (at the time of writing).
Well guess what? This online and mobile video slot has managed to climb back up to over 5.6 million already. And it’s often hit at around the 5 million mark, so don’t think it won’t this time around.
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