Australia is, without a doubt, the largest market for poker machines in the world by population density. This latest story out of Coffs Harbour, NSW, is just another testament to that fact. History was made earlier this month when one extremely lucky player struck the new Megabucks pokies jackpot to the tune of $346,456.17.
Big wins on the pokies happen all the time in Australia, but what makes this particular story so special is the ground-breaking network of jackpots that led to it. Megabucks is the largest state-wide linked pokies jackpot the Land Down Under has ever known, seeded at $250,000. The win also signified the largest single prize ever awarded by a linked jackpot at a registered Australian pokies club.
The Megabucks poker machine was the brainchild of manufacturer International Game Technology (IGT) and systems monitor Maxgaming, launched in late September of 2014. After a daily dose of exponential growth that averaged around $1,200 per day, it took little more than two months for a winner to take home the first, historic jackpot prize. The jackpot was struck at the C.ex Coffs pokies club in Coffs Harbour on December 5, 2014.
“Megabucks is proving to be our most successful link in many years,” came the enthusiastic comment of Maxgaming’s NSW State Manager, Don Hammond. “The support from venues has been exceptional and we continue to see numbers grow week on week. Congratulations to C.ex Coffs on their win,” Hammond added.
“We have been carefully monitoring the jackpot as it climbed higher each week with more and more clubs welcoming the new Megabucks product in their venues,” said Andrew Neagle, Sale Director ANZ for IGT. “It validates the strength of the Megabucks brand and product with our loyal club customers in NSW and offers their players something truly unique, entertaining and aspirational. We encourage other venues to contact us and join in with the phenomenal success.
“Lastly,” Neagle continued, “we’re delighted that one of our top customers, C.ex Coffs, has been the lucky venue and I’m sure that the winner will be having an extra special Christmas this year.”
Megabucks has been a phenomenal success from day one. In the time since it was launched up until the massive jackpot release, the poker machine’s secondary jackpot was struck a staggering 675 times. With the smaller jackpot being seeded at $1,000, it’s already paid out well over $720,000 in prizes, amounting to twice that of the primary jackpot win that hit less than three weeks ago.
IGT is an American-based poker machine developer with branch offices all over the world. The company has been serving the Australian market for over 20 years, delivering innovative products that appeal to businesses, as well as fans of the pokies.
Maxgaming is the gaming systems monitoring arm of the Tatts Group, based out of NSW, NT and Queensland. The company operates a triad of systems under four separate protocols, and is responsible for monitoring over 134,000 poker machines across 4,027 venues in Australia alone, as well as providing services to numerous UK-based betting groups under its Talarius brand.