(PRESS RELEASE) -- Betway
has been confirmed as a world record holder by the prestigious Guinness World Records organization following a rigorous approval process.
The online bookmaker can now claim to have officially awarded the largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game ever.
The €17,879,645.12 (£13,213,838.68) jackpot was paid out in October to Cheshire soldier Jon Heywood via Microgaming's Mega Moolah
online slot at Betway Casino
. It beat the previous record, set in Finland in 2013, by almost €18,000.Betway
and software provider Microgaming submitted exhaustive evidence to Guinness World Records, including ratification from online gaming authority eCOGRA, to prove the legitimacy of the jackpot. They will share the record with Heywood.
The win turned the 26-year-old squaddie into an overnight mega millionaire after he deposited £30 and placed just 25p bets. The winning spin came after only seven minutes.
"Guinness World Records is the most respected adjudicator of world records on the planet and this proves beyond doubt that Betway hands out the biggest jackpots to their players," said Betway spokesman Alan Alger. "Having the record is a great honor, however the main point is that we keep changing the lives of players just like Jon, who won this huge jackpot in minutes and from just a 25p spin."
"I'm pleased to confirm that the Guinness World Records title for the largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game is €17,879,645.12, which was won by Jonathan Heywood, while playing Microgaming's Mega Moolah on Betway's website," said a Guinness World Records spokesperson. "And Jon is certainly in the moolah now, thanks to his exceptional stroke of luck."