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WORLD RECORD QUARTER SLOT JACKPOT HITS AT ALADDIN HOTEL AND CASINO

 LAS VEGAS, Nev., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Dean and Linda Thomas had lost their business and their home, and had relocated to Las Vegas to find work. Last night, Linda became an instant millionaire at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino when she won $1,881,545 on a Quartermania progressive slot machine.
 The big payoff exceeds the previous world record for a quarter slot jackpot by more than $100,000.
 Thomas, an unemployed bookkeeper from Granada Hills, Calif., was at the Aladdin to play bingo. "We play bingo every week, and we got here a little early. I decided to play some slot machines," she recalled. "I had already lost $2 on a nickel slot machine and thought I'd try $10 on these Quartermania machines. Just before I hit it, I was wondering if anybody ever wins this. Then I lined up all of the Quartermania jackpot symbols and asked my friend what I had won. She said I won the whole thing. My hands got a little tingly and I thought for just a minute I was going to pass out."
 The record jackpot happened 16 days before the Thomas' eighth wedding anniversary. When asked how she plans to spend her money, Thomas said, "I'm going to pay our bills off and give some money to my mom. She's going to be 70 and has worked hard all her life. She deserves to have a little more."
 Quartermania is a statewide progressive quarter slot network that links more than 1,100 machines in 134 Nevada casinos to a huge jackpot of at least $400,000 which can be won for a 2-coin bet. The Quartermania system has produced a total of 98 major jackpot winners.
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 /CONTACT: Rick Sorenson of International Game Technology, 702-688-0232/


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