“Life’s a Beach” is a 5-real, 20-line slot machine with a progressive jackpot available on the Microgaming platform. At many Microgaming-based online casinos, such as UK-based Paddy Power, Life’s a Beach is one of the most popular and lucrative slot machines available. In fact, due to the progressive jackpot, which spans the entire Microgaming network, Life’s a Beach often has a jackpot in excess of £5 million.
Just recently, Life’s a Beach paid out £5.1 million to a Scotsman, who chose to remain anonymous. The person’s a regular slots player at Betfred, another UK-based online casino that uses the Microgaming platform. According to the story published in the Daily Record, the winner woke due to a barking dog and couldn’t get back to sleep. So he fired up the Betfred client, and started playing the pokies.
What makes this story particularly appealing to the average person is the winner’s casual approach. When he bets, he tends to bet only a £1, and when he wins, he moves to a different machine to keep his hot streak alive. This night, he had won twice on two different machines, and he had converted a single pound into £250. That’s when he moved onto the Life’s a Beach slot machine.
As mentioned, normally he bets no more than £1, and he often favors penny slots. This time, however, he decided to go with the max bet, which is £200. He lost. On his second bet, he wagered the remaining £50 and won £800. He bet four more times at £200 each. The first three pulls came up empty, but the fourth landed him the big jackpot, which was £5.1 million that night.
The next day, Betfred picked him up by private jet and flew him to their headquarters, where he signed the paperwork and received the check. This was the biggest online slots jackpot in UK history, and the third biggest in the world, so Betfred wanted to make a big deal out of it. The winner, however, wanted to maintain his privacy, and the casino respected his wishes.
As soon as the story broke, new clients began flooding sites like Paddy Power. Paddy Power even offers a £5 free bet that new clients can use to try Life’s a Beach or any other game without obligation. If they decide to stick around, Paddy Power provides a 100 percent match bonus up to £200, available over the first three deposits. In other words, deposit £200, and you have £400 in your Paddy Power account. That’s a lot of £1 Life’s a Beach bets!