March 23, 2011
On Saturday, March 12, Michael Washam from Plano, Texas, won $1,185,286 while
playing an Indiana Jones 3-D MegaJackpot® penny slot machine, made by
International Game Technology (IGT), at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant,
The slot machine played by Washam is considered a “Wide-Area Progressive,” which
is an electronically linked gaming machine, offering large, progressive jackpots
to customers in many gaming venues, simultaneously. Choctaw Casino Resort is one
of more than 300 tribal casinos across the nation that belongs to the 17-state
Native American progressive gaming network.
The Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade™ 3-D Slot MegaJackpot® combines the
action of previous Indiana Jones branded machines with 3-dimensional reels for
even more aesthetic gaming pleasure. In addition, there is a 20-stop bonus wheel
that multiplies pay-outs. Bets are made in penny, two cent and 5 cent
denominations with a maximum bet of 40 credits ($2.00).
“We are thrilled to be a part of such a life-changing event for Mr. Washam,”
said Tammye Gwin, senior director of gaming. “Mr. Washam was very surprised and
elated to have won such a huge jackpot. He’s part of an elite group that came in
for fun and excitement and left a millionaire,” said Ms. Gwin.
Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma, which underwent an extensive
renovation and addition in 2010, includes 330 hotel rooms, a natatorium, fitness
center, business center, full-service spa and three retail outlets. In addition,
there is a 175-seat amphitheater, five restaurants and 110,000 square feet of
gaming space, including 3,000 slot machines, 30 poker tables and 38 table games.
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