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Las Vegas Cabby Wins World Record Nickel Slot Jackpot

19 January 2004

LAS VEGAS – (Press Release) -- Saying that winning $3.2 million was made even better because he won it downtown, Las Vegas cab driver Robert Baker proudly showed off his oversized ceremonial check to tourists on Fremont Street Sunday evening after he hit the jackpot on an Elvira®, Mistress of the Dark(TM) Video Slots machine at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.

The jackpot was the largest ever hit on a nickel slot machine and sets a new world record for the denomination. The Elvira® machine is on IGT's (NYSE: IGT - News) Spooky Slots(TM) progressive system which reset at $100,000. On progressive slot machines, the jackpot grows larger as the game is played.

"I play nickel progressives," Baker said, "they are my favorites and it really paid off today!"

But come Monday, he says he'll be behind the wheel of his taxi as usual. "I need to take some time to figure out what I'm going to do from this point and going about my life as usual seems like the best way to keep my feet on the ground," he said. Other than that, he says the only thing he knows for sure is that he'll fulfill a lifelong dream to buy a Lincoln Town Car.

The Nevada Spooky Slots(TM) progressive links Elvira®, The Addams Family(TM) Video Slots and Young Frankenstein(TM) Video Slots machines all over the state. Because it is a MegaJackpots Instant Winners(TM) product, Baker was presented with a real normal size check for the full amount of $3,193,505.85 after the jackpot was verified.

Spooky Slots(TM) is one of 22 Nevada MegaJackpots(TM) systems operated by IGT, a world leader in the manufacturing of gaming machines and proprietary software for progressive gaming systems. MegaJackpots Instant Winners Jackpots(TM) and Rapid Riches MegaJackpots(TM) awards are paid in their entirety upon verification while IGT MegaJackpots(TM) machines such as Megabucks® and Wheel of Fortune® are paid in annual installments upon verification.

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