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Legends Casino announces $1 million winner

18 May 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- When Dale from Yakima stopped at Yakama Nation Legends Casino Hotel on a break between appointments, he had a feeling about the Gold Series Buffalo Bucks machine. That feeling on Tuesday, 2 May, transformed into a jackpot worth $1,090,678.23.

The day started normally for Dale from Yakima at his job in Toppenish. When he had a two-hour window between assignments, he decided to stop by Legends Casino Hotel to pass the time. He chose the Gold Series Buffalo Bucks game, which offers a progressive top jackpot. This machine is a Wide Area Progressive Top Jackpot, part of a nationwide progressive prize. The Gold Series WAP Top Jackpot is played for in over 50 other tribal gaming facilities on the Rocket Gaming Systems (RGS) Gold Series Network.

"It still hasn't sunk in completely," Dale explained of his win. "I choose the machines I play based on which one feels like it might hit. I picked that machine that day."

Dale, a Legends Rewards member since 2012, is no stranger to jackpots. Luck has been on his side for more than 20 jackpots, totaling over $20,000 in the past year. Dale recounted, "When it came up, I didn't see the five gold shields because the black screen came up all of a sudden. The numbers on the wheel were spinning so fast. I couldn't believe I would win the $1 million, so I called over to one of the casino employees. The lights weren't blinking on top like a typical jackpot, but after the employee checked it, I did win!"

According to Rocket Games the maker of the machine, Wide Area Progressive Top Jackpots require examination of software and hardware prior to confirming the win. Once the win is confirmed and the machine is unlocked, all associated exciting entertainment features are displayed.

The Legends Casino Hotel team encounters a wide range of reactions to jackpot wins. From January through April, more than $6.8 million in jackpot prizes have been distributed.

"Our team loves to give away jackpots and prizes to our guests," Letisha Peterson, General Manager of Legends Casino Hotel explained. "Dale is a relatively calm winner, but we're thrilled the progressive hit in our community."

For guests interested in locating a machine with a similar progressive opportunity, Legends Casino Hotel offers several RGS Gold Series games currently including Gold Series High Roller Club, Gold Series Diamond Wheel, Gold Series Blazing Diamonds, Gold Series Lightning Dollars, Gold Series God of Olympus, Gold Series Knights of the Round Table and two of the Gold Series Buffalo Bucks games.

Dale recently retired in January after 26 years with his job at a local shipping company, and he visits Legends Casino Hotel for entertainment. He shares that he still has some decisions to make regarding what to do with the winnings. "I'm not going to buy anything yet. I've heard that the first thing people mess up with is buying a ton of stuff, so I'm going to wait and help my mom, who is 87 and lives in Spokane, get some hearing aids."

The casino includes nearly 1,500 slot machines, 18 table games including craps and roulette, a poker room, Keno, a buffet restaurant and gift shop. It is located just minutes off 1-82 and exit 50, one mile west of Toppenish. For more information, call 1-877-7-COME-11 or visit the website. Legends Casino Hotel is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.

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