27 Year Old Man Wins NZ$ 10 Million on Online Slots at Casinoland
A 27 year old man in New Zealand has won over NZ$ 10 million, playing slots at an online casino. This big win will most likely cause the government to speed up plans to look into international online gambling sites, to clamp down on their services in the country.
On the 17th of June 2016, Rawiri Pou, who has an account with Casinoland, hit the winning combination and won the Mega Moolah progressive slots jackpot; he was rewarded with a prize of NZ $10,144,395.82 for the win.
Pou currently works for a Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food restaurant in Matamata; he said that originally, he had secured a smaller winning sum of NZ$ 1,500 playing the slots, but decided to not cash out but let the winnings roll over; this proved to be the right decision in his case, as it landed him the grand pay out of NZ$ 10 million. While the sum is indeed life changing, Pou has announced that he does not have any plans for quitting his KFC job just yet. He admitted that, it is in part because the magnitude of the win has not fully struck him yet. He also said, “He does not know what to feel.” However, he did mention that after winning the money, he felt quite smug around his parents, as they had previously told him off for his wasting time and money on online gambling sites. Only time will tell if he will actually return to his job at KFC.
On Tuesday, the 21st of June 2016, Pou attended a press conference at an Auckland hotel, where he was presented with the customary, giant novelty check.
A spokesperson from Casinoland.com said that the company was thrilled for Pou and they have promised that the money would be in his bank account by Friday, the 24th of June 2016.
The Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot
The Mega Moolah Progressive Jackpot is powered by Microgaming Software Systems Ltd, which is one of the leading software providers for the online gambling industry. The jackpot is shared among several casinos and competition for the money is much more intense compared to other local jackpots; however, that is because the prize money goes up much faster with the Mega Moolah than any other local jackpot.
Casino players try their luck at both land based and online casinos in the hope of winning life changing sums of money and progressive jackpots represent that shortcut that casino players are looking for. Casinoland offers their members many different options for slots, all of which offer them the chance to win large sums of money through the site. The digital casino offers an array of video slots that have been produced by Microgaming and several other software developers, such as Betsoft, NYX Gaming, Play N Go, Net Ent and Quickspin games.
While all the games promote staggering sums of prize money to their real currency players, all their games can also be played just for entertainment, using a virtual currency that the site offers. The site employs all the popular methods of payments has a reputation for paying their winners promptly, who can then withdraw their profits without any unnecessary delays. It is reassuring to know that even the big winner such as Pou, can expect to get the full sum of his winnings in a matter of days.
Microgaming Software Systems Ltd
Microgaming Software Systems Ltd is a software developer that has been around since the 1990’s; while they have the reputation for providing market leading products, the company claims to have developed their first online casino software as early as 1994. The standard online casino, which is powered by Microgaming, currently has over six hundred games including slots, video poker, blackjack and roulette to offer their customer. The company mostly provides games in download and Flash versions but has noticed a shift in demand for games in HTML5 format that can render better cross platform compatibility.
The company offers a number of progressive jackpots, a slot machine or video poker service, where the value of the jackpot increases by a small amount after each game, unless the player actually wins the jackpot. For a company like Casinoland, multiple machines would be linked together to form one large progressive jackpot, which is much more appealing for players as the potential winnings also grow much more quickly as multiple players end up contributing toward the jackpot sum at the same time.
A History of Big Payouts for Mega Moolah
Microgaming has built a reputation for making a lot of millionaires over the course of time and Mega Moolah is almost always their best paying game. In May 2009, they announced that one of their players was walking away with USD 6.37 million, the biggest ever online casino win through the progressive slot Mega Moolah; this was the largest online casino pay out in history of such jackpots at the time. With the passage of more time however, several other winners did go on to eclipse that first history making amount with other jackpot wins on games produced by various other developers.
However, Mega Moolah regained its status and set a new world record for paying the largest online slot machine jackpot again on the 6th of October 2015. This time the winner was an ex-soldier from the United Kingdom, Jonathan Heywood, who was a customer at the The Betway Group, a leading global online gambling company that offers sports betting, bingo, poker and obviously casino services. The slot machine paid Heywood GBP 13,209,300, equivalent to USD 20 million at the time.
While Pou’s winning failed to break the global record for the Mega Moolah, it certainly is an impressive one and still represents the record for the biggest jackpot won by someone playing this video slot in New Zealand.
New Zealand Online Gambling Restriction
While Pou’s win is cause for celebration for the young man and his family, it highlights an important issue for the New Zealand government. It is currently not illegal for the residents of New Zealand to place bets with international gambling sites but it is a grey market and the government is keen and actively looking for ways to cut off access to these sites for their residents.
The only acceptable form of online gambling the country has at the moment is the online sports and race betting that is offered by the New Zealand branch of Tabcorp Holdings Limited. Local casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group even came under fire, last summer in June, for launching a free-play online casino. The founder and CEO of Problem Gambling, Graeme Ramsey, said that he did not believe “for a second that this was altruistic”. He also added that it was “pure promotion” and SkyCity was devising “a way to try and reach out with a new form of advertising.”
The New Zealand government has released no comments regarding Pou’s big win but the New Zealand Racing Board must be furious with the event and is likely to be demanding answers from Racing Minister, Nathan Guy, about how this could happen and what is going to be done to ensure more New Zealand residents do not realise the full scale of gambling options available online and start seeking these out at the cost of their very own local TAB.