A lucky Swedish slots player became a krona multi-millionaire this month when they hit the jackpot on NetEnt’s Mega Fortune Dreams game.
The anonymous player won the top prize on the Hyper Casino platform on May 1. They were enjoying a bonus game on the highly popular slot and had worked their way to the innermost wheel when the game stopped working. Concerned, the player contacted the platform’s customer service to tell them Mega Fortune had frozen mid-play.
Hyper Casino contacted NetEnt to tell them they needed to repair the game. Meanwhile, the player had to wait an agonizing seven days to hear whether they’d actually won anything.
To their shock, Hyper Casino said NetEnt had checked the Mega Fortune server and verified that the player had actually won the jackpot. The player is the first big winner in Sweden’s new online gambling market.
The lucky player has collected winnings of SEK 27m (€2.5m, £2.1m, $2.8m), although Hyper Casino has released no further information on the win, including the stake sum.
Hyper Casino said: “This Swedish player might have been the first jackpot winner, but there are other progressive jackpots waiting to be won at Hyper Casino, and all of our other brands, too.”
NetEnt released Mega Fortune Dreams back in 2014. It is a progressive jackpot slot, with five reels, three rows, and 20 paylines. The bonus game offers the possibility to win on a triple progressive jackpot. The slot has a high return to player of 95.9%, the percentage of stakes a game pays back to players.
New to Sweden
Hyper Casino won a license in December 2018 to operate online in Sweden’s gambling sector, which was liberalized in January 2018. It was previously a state-run monopoly, but now more than 60 offshore gambling operators are licensed for business in Sweden.
Malta-based Hyper Casino is owned by L&L Europe and also has a license to operate in the UK. L&L’s other online casino brands include CasinoCasino, All British Casino, and Fun Casino. The Hyper Casino platform offers more than 700 slots from various developers, including NetEnt.
Big wins on progressive jackpots
The multi-million krona payout in Sweden is a nice sum for the winner, but it’s by no means the biggest. Progressive jackpot games on online casinos are growing in popularity and have paid out some outrageously high jackpots of late.
NetEnt previously paid out a windfall of £4m (€4.6m, $5.2m) on Mega Fortune Dreams in November 2018. The British player had placed a bet of just £0.80 on the Bingo.com platform.
Mega Fortune Dreams also turned two players’ dreams into reality in March this year. At the beginning of the month, an unnamed winner took home a jackpot of €3.5m (£3m, $3.9m). Less than a fortnight later, a 65-year-old woman who placed a €4 stake on the Betsson platform scooped the €4.3m (£3.7m, $4.8m). That jackpot has been NetEnt’s biggest so far this year.
But the biggest win ever on Mega Fortune Dreams was a €17.8m (£14.9m, $20m) jackpot, collected by a player in Finland in 2013. It is believed to be the biggest ever jackpot on a progressive slot globally.
In April, a player scooped €3.1m (£2.7m, $3.4m) playing Joker Millions on the Betsson platform. Joker Millions also paid out a jackpot of €7.8m (£6.7m, $8.7m) in fall 2018, its biggest to date.