Pay-outs at casinos using Microgaming's progressive jackpot games exceeded €150m in 2018, the leading provider's highlight of the year being a new record set in September.
The total paid out last year was €154,954,249, more than €40m of that going to just eight players. The biggest result though came on Friday, September 28 through Microgaming's Mega Moolah progressive online slot.
Playing on a mobile device, the lucky online slots user staked 75c to land a jackpot of €18,915,872.81, an amount that set a new payout record for Mega Moolah, which had earned a Guinness World Record title for its previous highest pay-out of €17,879,645.12 (from 25p) on Betway's casino back in 2015.
Technically, September 28's jackpot win now owns the World Record: 'Largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game', though Microgaming and Guinness World Records have not officially confirmed it will be replacing 2015's win in the list just yet.
The new slots multi-millionaire was playing Microgaming's progressive jackpot game through Grand Mondial Casino, which also landed a player €4.6m on April 19 - the third of four 2018 jackpots to top €4m at casinos using Microgaming software.
Mega Moolah created six new millionaires in 2018, Major Millions 5 Reel slot game generating two more life-changing pay-outs during that period - and a further seven-figure jackpot already in 2019 through 32Red's casino.
The 32Red player landed €1,162.021.24 on Major Millions just two days into the new year, getting the slot game off to another good start, having won a Betsafe casino player just shy of €1.9m on February 2, 2018.
Mega Moolah's jackpot was the big success for Microgaming in 2018, and it has already grown to €17.7m and counting in January. With total payouts across Microgaming's network totalling €980m, it is now the largest network in the industry.
John Coleman, CEO at Microgaming, said: “Congratulations to all the lucky winners in 2018. We are proud to host the industry’s largest progressive jackpot network, which paid out more than €150m last year, setting a number of payout records in the process.
“It is remarkable to see total payouts nearing €1bn, which really highlights the strength of the network, and we are excited to be working on a series of developments aimed at taking our progressive jackpot offering to the next level.”
Microgaming's 2018 figures come off the back of the Isle of Man-based gaming developer announcing it would produce a surprise third Tomb Raider slot game, more than a decade after its last instalment.
That news was revealed earlier this month, Microgaming entering its 15th year of partnership with video game developer Square Enix, who license use of the Lara Croft brand.
Microgaming's first slot was Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2004, with Tomb Raider: Secret of the Sword launching in 2008, and the third title will be revealed at the industry event ICE London in February.
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