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$3 Million Slot Jackpot Won at the Excalibur

18 February 2001

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – (Press Release) --Feb. 18, 2001-- A spur of the moment Las Vegas vacation has made millionaires of a Texas couple late Sunday afternoon. MJ Morgan and his wife, Mamie, were playing Wheel of Fortune Dollars at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino when MJ's machine lined up a $3,078,439 MegaJackpot. The couple lives in Amarillo and arrived in Las Vegas Sunday morning.

On an earlier trip in December, MJ had won $500 at another machine in the same bank of Wheel of Fortune machines and was playing with hopes of doing it again. When the jackpot hit, MJ yelled to Mamie that he had won $2,000. Another player corrected him, saying that he had won $41,000. It took a third person to explain that he had won the $3 million progressive.

Mamie Morgan said that they had been suffering from a case of the mid-winter blahs and about week ago decided to come to Las Vegas. MJ is a retired construction electrician. The couple recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

They said that they'll share their good fortune with their three children and three grandchildren as well as tithing to their church. As for their plans? Mamie says that now she'll be able to realize a life-long dream of visiting Australia.

Wheel of Fortune Dollars is based on the world's most popular game show and is one of 17 Nevada MegaJackpot systems operated by IGT. All IGT MegaJackpots are paid in annual installments upon verification, except Elvis, The Addams Family, Slotopoly, Party Time and video Jeopardy! which are paid in their entirety upon verification.

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