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Beekeeper and Ex-Cop Hit $9.1 Million Jackpot

13 June 1999

A Washington couple hit America's largest ever jackpot at an Indian casino on June 10 at Wildhorse Casino Resort in Pendleton, Oregon.

Bob and Mollie Breshears of Yakima, Washington raked in $9,164,299.31 while playing a $20 bet on a Megabucks slot machine, part of the National Progressive Slot network. The previous record Indian casino jackpot, hit in December 1998 in Wisconsin, was $7.4 million.

"When Bob hit the jackpot, I thought he was joking," said Mollie Breshears. "I never thought anything like this would ever happen. I guess the first thing we will do is visit some of our family."

The Breshears have six children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Bob Breshears is a beekeeper and Mollie Breshears is retired from the Yakima Sheriff's Department.

Wildhorse Casino Resort is part of the 11-state Native American Progressive Slot network. Slot players across the nation to contribute to a central jackpot each time they play a machine linked to the system. Participating states include Oregon, New Mexico, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Connecticut.

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