(Tampa, FL) — The Seminole Casinos across Florida were busy over the weekend, awarding two incredible MegaJackpot® prizes on the same day totaling $1.3 million.
The MegaJackpot® action at Seminole properties has been picking up speed since the games went on-line last summer. Paul Tjoumakaris, Senior VP of Gaming Operations for Seminole Gaming commented, "The high frequency hits and huge payouts with these large jackpots are indicative that only Seminole Casinos are offering the most exciting games people love to play."
The first jackpot to be paid over the weekend was a Wheel of Fortune® Special Edition™ MegaJackpot®. The jackpot hit on Sunday May 10th, in the amount of $776,341 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Fla. The winner, who asked to remain anonymous, said she was visiting the casino for Mother's Day and "just wanted to play a small amount" on a quarter machine. The winner went on to say she had a feeling the winning machine was "lucky" but was surprised to learn she had won the top progressive prize. "I didn't know what happened" she said. The winner plans to continue working and will use her winnings to help pay for her children's schooling.
Just hours later, at the Seminole Immokalee Casino in Immokalee, Fla., an impressive $539,651 Wheel of Fortune® MegaJackpot® was paid on a one-dollar machine. The winner, who also asked to remain anonymous, was visiting the casino for a "Mother's Day getaway" and said she knew which machine she wanted to play. "I like Wheel of Fortune® I usually get my money back" she reported. Ironically, the winning machine was "the only one available" but the MegaJackpot® winner knew immediately she had won the top progressive prize exclaiming, "My prayers have been answered!"
There are six Seminole casinos in Florida. The Seminole Tribe of Florida owns and operates casinos in Brighton, Coconut Creek, Hollywood and Immokalee and Big Cypress, as well as two Hard Rock Hotel & Casino properties located in Hollywood and Tampa. The Seminole Casinos are part of a Native American progressive gaming network which includes over 300 casinos nationwide. Each time a coin is played in a linked machine, anywhere in the network, the jackpot accumulates until some lucky winner hits the top jackpot award. Since going on-line with IGTs progressive MegaJackpot® systems last year, three Seminole casinos have awarded eight MegaJackpot® prizes totaling $8.6 million.
The first hit was on July 19th 2008, when the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek awarded an amazing $2.3 million MegaJackpot® prize on a Wheel of Fortune® Special Edition™ progressive. A few short months later, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa awarded back-to-back MegaJackpots® on the Wheel of Fortune® one-dollar progressive system. The first to hit in Tampa was a $334,279 jackpot paid on October 6th. It was followed by a record-breaking $2.5 million MegaJackpot® awarded on November 25th. Since then, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa has paid an additional four MegaJackpots®. On January 12th, the casino paid an impressive $425,245 MegaJackpot®. Less than a month later, on February 26th, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino paid an amazing $1,195,508 Wheel of Fortune® progressive MegaJackpot® on a five-dollar machine. Then on March 8th the casino awarded another incredible $833,013 prize. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa has now paid six MegaJackpot® prizes totaling over $6 million in money. Sunday's MegaJackpot® is the first ever to be paid at the Seminole Immokalee Casino.
Seminole Casinos are Florida's ultimate entertainment destinations featuring thousands of high paying slot machines, live action poker tables, and favorite table games including Blackjack, Mini Baccarat, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker, Pai Gow and Let it Ride. To learn more about these incredible casinos visit: www.seminolecasino.com.
Wheel of Fortune® progressive systems were developed by IGT (www.IGT.com), a global company specializing in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and sales of computerized gaming machines and systems products. All IGT MegaJackpot® top awards are paid in annual installments upon verification, except MegaJackpots Instant Winners Jackpots awards, which are paid in their entirety upon verification.

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