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VIDEO: British soldier – How my life changed after winning world-record £13.2million jackpot

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VIDEO: Jon Heywood’s £13.2million jackpot journey

Jon Heywood became a millionaire just 25 minutes after opening his Betway Casino account to play online slots game Mega Moolah. This is his story. 

Thursday August 2nd Jon Heywood had one eye on his online slots game Mega Moolah, but most of his attention was on the documentary about World War II tanks he had stumbled across.

“Next thing I know, there’s a big wheel spinning,” he says. “I thought: ‘Brilliant, I’ve won 10 grand here.’ But no. Oh, good God, no.”

No indeed. Jon – then a British soldier – had actually won £13,213,838.68.

Yes, you read that right: thirteen million, two hundred and thirteen thousand, eight hundred and thirty eight pounds and sixty eight pence. He had only opened his Betway Casino account 25 minutes earlier.

Jon’s win – which was subsequently certified by Guinness World Records as the “largest jackpot pay-out in an online slot machine game” – came in October 2015, and it’s fair to say his life has changed dramatically since then.

Our documentary tells the story of his win, and reveals what the overnight millionaire has done with his fortune.

  • “What the hell is going on?!” Jon relives the moment he realised he’d won £13.2m, just 25 minutes after becoming a Betway customer.
  • “He didn’t seem as excited as a normal winner would be!” Alan Alger, Betway’s Head of PR, explains how the jackpot was won and how Guinness World Records got involved.
  • “At the end of the day, money can’t buy a new heart and lung.” Jon and his mother Carol discuss how he has been able to help his dad Douglas.
  • “We always had this pact that if we won some money, we’d help each other out.” But just how much did Jon gift to his friend Michael? (Spoiler: it’s more than you think.)
  • “For me to comprehend having all that money, I had to work for it.” Jon explains why it was never an option for him stop working. But what job does he do now?
  • “I must admit, I do still find it strange when I see him lying under a bath.” Jon’s colleague Glyn discusses what it’s like working alongside a multimillionaire.
  • “Do you think I’ve become pretentious?” Carol reveals what Jon’s biggest luxury is.
  • “That’s the biggest thing I’m looking forward to.” Jon reveals what’s next for him and family.

 

About the Betway Group

The Betway Group is a leading provider of first-class entertainment across sports betting, casino, bingo and poker. Launched in 2006, the company operates across a number of regulated online markets and holds licences in the UK, Malta, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Ireland. Based in Malta and Guernsey, with support from London, Isle of Man, Stockholm and Cape Town, the Betway team comprises over 1,000 people.

Betway prides itself on providing its customers with a bespoke, fun and informed betting experience, supported by a safe and secure environment. Betway is a member of several prominent industry-related bodies, including ESSA, the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) and the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), and is accredited by trusted international testing agency eCOGRA. It is also a partner of the Professional Players Federation (PPF) and is a donor to the Responsible Gambling Trust.

In addition to the flagship Betway brand, the Betway Group operates a number of other brands including Dream Bingo, Bingo on the Box, Spin Casino and the Hippodrome Online Casino. For more information about Betway’s various products and licenced brands, please visit www.betwaygroup.com.

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Merkur’s Strong Presence at Gaming in Holland Expo

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The Netherlands has always been an important market for the Merkur brand, in terms of both the arcade and casino sectors. Holland’s current climate of positive regulation being provided by the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) chaired by René Jansen has led Merkur to become a strategic partner of Gaming in Holland (GiH) and to join the GiH Conference & Expo that was held from June 20 to 21 at the Jaarbeurs expo centre in the city of Utrecht.

Since 2011, the annual Gaming in Holland Conference has been the event to find out what’s happening in the Dutch gaming market and to meet up with all the major decision makers, focusing on the entire Dutch gambling industry. The opening of the regulated online market in October 2021 not only created a completely new market segment but also materially impacted existing markets, channels and verticals.

Recognising the importance of this event Merkur made a strong commitment and created a major presence at the Expo, being represented by Merkur Gaming and Group subsidiary companies, GeWeTe and edict eGaming solutions.

“We had good discussions with many customers, especially about our new ZONIC slot machine for the Dutch arcades. This unique cabinet with its very good ergonomics and the new game package with the new FIVE game feature was very well received by our customers. In addition, discussions were also held with our many pub customers. They are already looking forward to our own next, specifically for the pub sector, exhibition that will be held on 4 July in the Van der Valk Hotel Sassenheim in the Netherlands,” Dirk Sondermann, Managing Director of Merkur Gaming, said.

“This was a great opportunity for GeWeTe. We would like to thank the organizers for a great event, for the informative conference presentations and for the possibility for us to meet with important personalities from the gaming industry in Holland,” Aristidis Tsikouras, CEO of GeWeTe, said.

“The Dutch gaming market has always been an important part of GeWeTe, and not just because our company is geographically close to the Netherlands. Our extensive range of products and our solutions meet all needs, for arcades, gastronomy and also for casinos,” Aristidis Tsikouras added.

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Holland Casino and Trade Unions Reach Agreement Over Wage Increase

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Holland Casino, FNV and De Unie have reached a negotiation agreement for a new collective labour agreement. The parties have been discussing this in recent weeks. The new collective labour agreement will run from 1 June 2022 to 30 September 2023.

The wage will be structurally increased by 2.5% from 1 June 2022. A nominal amount of 60 euros per month will also be added on a structural basis. On 1 January 2023, wages will increase by another 0.75%. It has also been agreed that the hourly wage for employees is at least 14 euros. In addition, all employees who are employed by Holland Casino in July this year will receive a one-off gross amount of 350 euros based on full-time employment in that month.

“The past two years have been dominated for Holland Casino by the impact of the coronavirus. We were forced to close our doors for months and were confronted with many restrictive measures. In the discussions about wages, we had to take into account Holland Casino’s financial position on the one hand, and inflation and the situation on the labor market on the other. I am pleased that we have achieved a good result in a relatively short period of time. With this increase, there is a balanced agreement that is good for our employees and for Holland Casino,” Marleen Berk, HR Director at Holland Casino, said.

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Betsoft Gaming Signs Partnership Deal with Simsino

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Betsoft Gaming has signed a partnership deal with Simsino, iGG’s newly launched casino brand.

The MGA licenced casino – simsino.com – will host Betsoft’s portfolio of table games and award-winning slots. Latest releases Alkemor’s Elements and the anime themed Kensei Blades, alongside classic hits The Slotfather and Weekend in Vegas are already available to play.

In order to further enhance gameplay, Betsoft launched its first promotional product, Take the Prize, earlier this year. The promotional tool will significantly add to the overall player experience by offering a random fortune wheel with cash prizes or bonuses in any of Betsoft’s qualifying games throughout any promotion.

Simsino has been designed to appeal to a younger player base looking for exciting promotions and fast, immersive gameplay. A generous Welcome Bonus and a unique “Simsino Cashback” feature are available as part of the Simsino loyalty programme. Furthermore, the easy-to-navigate site offers a streamlined user experience to take players straight to the games and promotions they want.

Anna Mackney, Head of Account Management at Betsoft Gaming, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Simsino as they are a young and innovative brand. Betsoft has a diverse portfolio which appeals across many demographics and we anticipate a successful relationship with Simsino.”

John Foster, Head of Games & Aggregation Manager, iGG WhiteLabels, said: “Great content is a significant driver of customer traffic and so a provider of Betsoft’s calibre is essential for simsino.com and other iGG WhiteLabels. We look forward to seeing this partnership enhance players’ engagement with the brand.”

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