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Woman wins over $5 million on penny slot

13 March 2009

FLORENCE, Oregon -- As reported by The Register-Guard: "A woman in town visiting friends won a $5.3 million jackpot on a penny slot machine Friday evening at Three Rivers Casino and Hotel, according to Rich Colton, the casino's marketing director.

"The $5,284,316.55 payout is the largest jackpot Three Rivers has awarded since it opened in the summer of 2004, Colton said.

"The winner, who asked to remain anonymous, told Three Rivers officials she stopped into the casino to take 'some time to relax,' and had spent about $100 before she hit the jackpot with a $4 bet.

"'At first I thought I had won $600,' she was quoted by the casino. 'I still didn't believe it until I saw the check.'

"She was playing a progressive Wheel of Fortune Special Edition Megajackpot machine, which is linked to a network of machines in more than 300 other tribal casinos across the country. Three Rivers Casino also has had Megajackpot winners of $1.3 million in 2005 and $856,000 in 2008..."

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