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71 Year-Old Woman Wins $1.57 Million MegaJackpot

17 July 2001

TEMECULA, California--(Press Release)--July 17, 2001-- ``Friday the 13th turned out to be my lucky day!'' said a 71 year-old Menifee, California resident who won a $1,570,680 jackpot on the evening of Friday, July 13, 2001 at Pechanga Entertainment Center in Temecula.

The lucky winner, who asked to remain anonymous, has been visiting Pechanga since it opened in 1994 and says, ``It pays to play at Pechanga!'' When asked what she will do with her winnings, she said, ``This will give me a chance to take some time off, start my retirement and take a trip to visit my 91 year-old mother.''

Anthony Miranda, president of Pechanga Development Corp., commented, ``We are pleased and excited that one of our players hit the Wheel of Fortune progressive jackpot. Because of the high volume of play we enjoy, Pechanga pays about 10,000 jackpots each week, but not in the $1.5 million league. Congratulations to our lucky winner and our thanks to her for her comment that 'It pays to play at Pechanga.'''

The $1.57 million jackpot at Pechanga is the second largest MegaJackpot that has been awarded in California. Pechanga Entertainment Center, located in Temecula on 45000 Pala Road, just off I-15, has 2,000 of the latest Vegas-style slots, 37 Blackjack tables and a 13-table Poker Room.

In addition to its current facilities, Pechanga has a new 14-story hotel and casino under construction with an opening scheduled for next summer. The new property will feature 522 luxury rooms & suites, a 75,000 square feet casino, 7 restaurants, and 40,000 square feet of conference space. For more information about Pechanga Entertainment Center visit

Wheel of Fortune was developed by IGT of Reno, Nev., the world leader in the manufacture of gaming machines and proprietary software for progressive gaming systems. Sodak Gaming Inc. is the leading distributor of IGT slot machines and progressive systems on tribal lands and manages the Native American Progressive Systems from its headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota. For more information visit the IGT web site.

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