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Big Casino Winner, Plans To Keep Job As School Superintendent

7 August 2000

WHITEHALL, MICHIGAN – Aug. 7, 2000 – As reported by The Associated Press: "A school district superintendent who won more than $700,000 from a casino slot machine said he loves his job and plans to keep working despite his recent gambling windfall.

"Larry Curtis, who has headed up Whitehall District Schools for three years, has been an educator long enough to qualify for a full retirement pension.

"But last month the district extended the contract of the popular superintendent until 2005, taking the action after he had won $709,731 on a 25-cent slot machine at a Manistee casino on May 12.

"… Winning that much money would tempt a lot of people to quit their jobs, but Curtis said he's not about to end his educational career. "`I love my job,' he told the newspaper.

"…The Michigan Department of Education has no problem with Curtis' good fortune, agency spokesman Brad Wurfel said.

"`It's perfectly legal for him to be in a casino and if that's what he does in his spare time, hey, somebody's got to win,' Wurfel said.

"Profits from the casino benefit the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians."

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