Luck O’ The Scottish? Librarian Books Record Online Casino Jackpot

Posted on February 2, 2016 - Last Updated on December 22, 2020

On January 25 in Glasgow, Scotland, the record for the largest-ever mobile casino jackpot in the UK was broken. A player made a £4 wager at Gala Bingo’s mobile casino and hit a £4.5 million jackpot.

The jackpot was hit on the appropriately-named Jackpot Giant slot game. The game and Gala Bingo’s platform are both produced by Playtech, a large iGaming software provider.

This jackpot is the largest to have ever been struck on a mobile device for real money in the UK. It marks the second largest jackpot to have been hit on a Playtech product – second to a £6.2 million jackpot hit on Beach Life in 2012.

Playtech is well-known for its progressive online casino games. The gaming company boasts a monthly average of 20,850 jackpot progressives. In total, Playtech is the creator of over seventy online progressive jackpot casino games.

In a press release earlier this week, Sihmon Akan, COO of Playtech, expressed excitement for the new record:

“To claim the UK mobile slot jackpot record is fantastic and proves we lead the industry when it comes to progressive jackpot games. I’d like to also congratulate Gala Bingo and their winning player.”

Winner is a Scottish librarian

The winner of the progressive has chosen to remain anonymous but has made statements to both Gala Bingo and Playtech. We do know, however, that she is a librarian from Glasgow who has been a faithful Gala Bingo player for over three years. The woman was playing on an Android Galaxy S5 when she made the life-changing £4 bet on the slot game Jackpot Giant. The win was worth over 1,126,317 times the bet.

The woman spoke to Playtech about her unbelievable luck:

“I picked up my mobile and started playing while I was watching TV. Minutes later I saw a huge string of numbers coming up and realized I’d hit the jackpot. I was simply blown away and couldn’t believe I’d won.

It’s still sinking in and my family and I are still in a complete state of shock.”

However exciting the win was for the librarian, she resumed work at her local library the day after she struck the big win.

How and where to play Jackpot Giant

Jackpot Giant is an exciting game with a frequently massive widespread progressive. The game features wild symbols, scatter pays, a bonus round, and stacked giant symbols which occupy two vertical reel positions.

The Jackpot Giant Bonus triggers whenever a bonus symbol simultaneously on both reels one and five. The bonus game gives players six volcanos with hidden prizes to choose from. Players choose three of the volcanos, which either contain cash prizes or trigger one of two additional features.

The first feature, Win ‘Em All, awards the remaining five volcanos to the player. The second, Extra Pick, allows players to choose one additional hidden volcano prize.

The Jackpot Giant Progressive Jackpot is where the big bucks are, as one Scottish librarian can testify. The progressive jackpot is hit if a five-of-a-kind of wild symbols is hit on payline one. To qualify for the progressive jackpot players must wager the maximum amount of credits.

Jackpot Giant is available at several major online casinos including Bet365 and Ladbrokes.

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Las Vegas-based Rudee has been a longtime poker player and eSports aficionado. She writes for a number of publications, with a particular focus on issues relating to the regulated U.S. online gaming market.

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