The lure of slot machines, whether in a casino or online, is the jackpot that many players will continue to play for until they win, whether big or small. But imagine scooping up mega moolah and still returning to work the following day. That’s exactly what happened to Sean Doyle of County Down, Northern Ireland.
He was playing Blueprint Gaming’s Mars Attacks! Slot game on Paddy Power – and hit the Jackpot King Deluxe pot of £4.2 million (€4.8 million) from only an £8 (€10) stake. The game, a progressive jackpot slot, is based on the 1996 sci-fi film by Tim Burton and features many symbols of the film. The game was only launched in January of this year – and sources say that Sean was only an online gaming customer for six months, prior to his win.
The 33-year-old picked up the biggest online win in the company’s history and told the Belfast Telegraph: “I watched it until it reached about £1 million on the count thing and I switched off my phone. I couldn’t look. When I got home, I couldn’t believe my eyes after I saw the final amount!”
“My sister is a single parent in New Zealand with three kids so I’m delighted because this means I will be able to help her out. I also have three brothers, my parents and a few aunts and uncles too”.
However, it was business as usual and the chef at The Artisan Cookhouse in Strangford. Sean reported to work the following morning at 9am – on Valentine’s Day, notoriously a busy day amongst restauranteurs.
Gaming Commercial Director, Mike Phelan commented on the win: “This sums up why Blueprint Gaming’s progressive jackpot system is a key component of our games offering. Jackpot King allows our players to win staggering amounts of money at the spin of a reel, while also raising excitement levels and delivering increased revenues.
“We’re thrilled that Sean has walked away with the jackpot and hope he has as much fun spending the prize as he did playing the game!”
More about Mars Attacks
The branded game consists of five reels and three rows, with 20 pay lines. However, whilst playing the game, a number of modifiers can randomly add or change symbols on the reel, or offer free spins – which enables players to win up to 3,125 different ways. There are also five progressive bonus rounds, that build up to the exciting final stand. In the final stand, you can get unlimited free spins with multipliers, offering big money. There are three jackpot levels, two of which guarantee pay-outs of £3,500 (Royal jackpot) and £35,000 (Regal jackpot) respectively. Sean, of course, won the King jackpot of millions of pounds.
What are progressive jackpot slots?
On most slot machines, the jackpot is fixed. However, with progressive slots, the jackpot increases each time the game is played – so the more popular a game is, the higher the jackpot – but not won. The amount is often displayed on the game, in order to attract players. When the jackpot is won, it is then reset to a pre-determined value and resumes increasing after each play.
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