A Mega Jackpot lump sum
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All the bells are ringing here at River Belle Casino – it’s time to celebrate because we have a mega winner! That’s right, one of our very own online casino members hit the jackpot big time on 8 May – just last week! – to scoop a whopping lump-sum real-money pay-out of €7,784,425.63. That’s some serious money right there – seven figures, go figure! – and it’s bound to make a big difference in our winning player’s life. The game in question was Atlantean Treasures™: Mega Moolah, the new progressive jackpot video slot from Microgaming. The game only went live in our casino on 25 February this year, but Atlantean Treasures is already making online casino history, and we’re very proud to play a part in it.

Golden pearls trigger Mega Jackpot chances

We can only imagine what it was like to be the first online casino player ever to play Atlantean Treasures™: Mega Moolah and win the first ever Mega Jackpot – but let’s try. Far beneath the waves, the lost city of Atlantis sleeps and guards its treasure. On 5 reels and 10 bidirectional paylines in the deepest blue ocean, the story unfolds … Colourful ocean creatures – orange starfish, green anemone, blue seahorse, purple-orange and pink-orange fish – flit around the reels to favour the player with potential wins. Blue 7 and BAR symbols accompany them. As the symbols land on the reels, winning combinations form from right to left and left to right. It’s when the mermaid appears, though, that the player’s eyes really light up! The mysterious mermaid of Atlantis is an Expanding Wild, and when she lands on reels 2, 3, and 4, she fills the reel she lands on – substituting herself for every other symbol and awarding the player with a Wild Re-Spin, which can trigger more Re-Spins for as long as the Wilds keep landing.

What takes things to another level, though, is the pearls. The glimmering golden pearls of Atlantis – that’s what the player really wants to find. Landing on reels 2, 3 and 4, they act like Scatters in a regular video slot, but the bonus round these precious symbols trigger is the Progressive Jackpot round! This is the moment when the player gets to spin the Mega Moolah bonus wheel for a potentially life-altering opportunity to win the Mini, Minor, Major, or Mega Jackpot. And the wheel spins …

Pearls trigger the Progressive Jackpot Bonus Round
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Every player helps to win

The chances of winning the Mega Jackpot are very slim – we all know that. But on 8 May 2020, one player did just that and went down in history. That’s the beauty of Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network. The way it works is that a fraction of every bet placed in a particular game like Atlantean Treasures is added to the jackpot, which just keeps growing until that moment when the bonus wheel stops at the right place. This makes Mega Moolah a collective experience. Every player makes a contribution every time they play – so they’re a part of history, too! And it’s quite a history. Since Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network first began, online casino players have collected more than €1.1 billion in wins. Even a newcomer like Atlantean Treasures: Mega Moolah has already paid out 238,594 jackpots to date, including 45 Major jackpots, for collective wins of more than €14.2 million.

The historical impact of this win was underscored in a statement by Jean-Luc Ferriere, Chief Commercial Officer at Microgaming, who commented: “Congratulations to the winning player for hitting the first ever Mega jackpot on Atlantean Treasures: Mega Moolah. The tremendous €7.7 million win marks another milestone for Microgaming’s progressive jackpot network, and we look forward to further enhancing our growing portfolio with additional progressive games to deliver even more entertaining gameplay experiences and opportunities to win!”

Jackpot chances to look out for

Developed exclusively for Microgaming by Neon Valley Studios™, designers of the popular story-driven feature slot Aurora Wilds, Atlantean Treasures: Mega Moolah is a medium-volatility game with a hit rate of 21.69%. That’s an appealing figure in any slot player’s book, and one that helps offset RTP of 92.08% which some online casino gamers might find a little steeper than usual. Players who enjoy Atlantean Treasures may also be interested in other new Microgaming releases such as Absolootly Mad™: Mega Moolah, freshly developed by Triple Edge Studios, as well as Wheel of Wishes, the first in a forthcoming series featuring the completely reworked WowPot jackpot concept.