Monday, May 31, 1999

Islander hits $4.5
million slot jackpot

By Craig Gima


At first, the tourist from Hawaii didn't realize she had won $4.5 million -- the largest quarter-slot jackpot in history -- according to a spokeswoman for the company in Las Vegas that will pay the prize.

"She was happy that she maybe won 5,000 or 10,000 credits," said Laurel Morley, the Western regional manager for Megajackpots International Game Technology. "When she found out she had won $4.5 million she just started screaming, 'Get my husband, get my husband.' " The woman, 29, works as an operations manager at a Waipahu flooring distributorship. Her name was not released at her request.

"She hit, she was ecstatic, that's about all I can tell you," said Amy Dix, the slot supervisor at the Mirage, who was on duty when the woman won.

She hit the jackpot Saturday after putting 75 cents into the Jeopardy progressive game at the Mirage. The game is based on the television game show. The woman had invested about $60 in the machine, the company said.

"I stopped to play Jeopardy because there was another woman who was winning a lot," the woman said in a statement.

Morley said the woman took a seat next to the other woman, who seemed to be winning.

She said the woman went to the Mirage with her family to see the resort's white tigers.

Morley said she was not sure if the woman went back to Hawaii Saturday with her tour group or stayed in Las Vegas after the hotel offered a free hotel suite.

As part of a new Nevada law, the woman has 90 days to decide if she will take the $4.5 million in payments spread over 25 years or if she wants to accept a lesser amount in a lump sum payment.

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