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RIVERSIDE BREAKS LOCAL RECORD WITH QUARTERMANIA PAYOFF

 RIVERSIDE BREAKS LOCAL RECORD WITH QUARTERMANIA PAYOFF
 LAUGHLIN, Nev., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A Tuba City, Ariz., woman


made Laughlin history Saturday night when she won the gaming community's largest jackpot to date. Viandrea Throssell experienced the thrill of a lifetime when she stopped in at Don Laughlin's Riverside Resort & Casino and hit its Quartermania progressive jackpot for $718,263.25.
 Coming to Laughlin was simply a side trip for Throssell, her sister- in-law Patricia Throssell and several of their children. The family had been in Needles, Calif., earlier that day when Viandrea expressed a desire to stop in Laughlin "just to experience playing the machines." It was her first attempt at gaming.
 "I just wanted to see how it feels," said the elated 27-year-old. As she spoke, the petite brunette laughed and rolled her eyes as the enormity of her win momentarily sank in. "I still can't believe what happened."
 What happened earned her a place in Laughlin's history books. After purchasing a roll of quarters, Throssell spent about $2 playing a slot machine, then decided to move on. "My family was joking that I'd wind up losing, so we were working our way through the casino toward the Losers' Lounge," remembered Throssell. "Then I saw the handles on these machines, and I just wanted to pull the handle."
 Apparently, Throssell had the right touch. She put in the maximum bet -- two quarters -- and pulled the handle. Four Quartermania symbols lined up on the center line. When a floor attendant explained that she had won more than $700,000, Throssell and her sister-in-law started screaming with joy.
 On hand to congratulate Laughlin's biggest winner was Don Laughlin, owner of the Riverside Resort. Laughlin offered Throssell the use of a cellular telephone to call her friends and family, but Throssell said she was too nervous to talk.
 The big win comes on the heels of another exciting event in Throssell's life; she recently married Steven Throssell, an employee of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The couple have four children: Nora, 7, Ryan, 6, Stephanie, 2, and Nicole, 1.
 Throssell says she will use a portion of her winnings for the couple's upcoming honeymoon to Hawaii. She would also like to buy a mini van.
 "I don't know what to call it, if it was luck or fate, why I won so much money," said Throssell on Sunday, still stunned from the preceding night's history-making win. "I didn't come to Laughlin with big ideas of winning. I Just wanted to have fun."
 And did she have fun?
 "Oh, yes!" Throssell replied with a huge grin.
 Quartermania is part of a statewide progressive slot system. Nationwide, the largest jackpot to date is $1,704,658.63. It was awarded Feb. 20 at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, N.J.
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 /CONTACT: Wendy Miller of Riverside Resort, 702-298-2535/ CO: Riverside Resort ST: Nevada IN: CNO LEI SU:


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