--Second largest slot jackpot in history--
SPARKS, Nev., April 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rachael Renee Romanick is
IGT's latest Megabucks(R) winner after winning a $33,000,563 MegaJackpot(R),
the second largest slot jackpot in history. The 38-year-old Reno resident and
mother of four daughters was playing at Terrible's Rail City Casino on Sunday,
"I really owe it to my friend," said Romanick. "I wanted to stay home,
but he wanted to gamble at Rail City and convinced me to join him. I said to
myself, 'Why not? If you're gonna win big, you have to play big and take a
"We are very pleased to have a local winner for the second largest jackpot
in IGT history," said Ed Rogich, IGT vice president of marketing. "This is
truly monumental and will be a life-altering prize for Rachael and her
Romanick had only been playing for about 10 minutes when she hit the lucky
jackpot and initially had no idea what she had won.
"I had to ask someone if this was for real," she said. "I kind of froze
because this was so unexpected."
Romanick's big win marks the first Megabucks(R) jackpot hit at Terrible's
Rail City Casino. "We pride ourselves on being a true local's casino and the
fact that a local player won at our property is very exciting," said Barry
Phillips, vice president and general manager of Terrible's Rail City Casino.
Terrible's Rail City Casino is owned by Herbst Gaming, owners of 14
casinos as well as the second largest slot route in Nevada.
IGT launched Megabucks(R) and the MegaJackpots(R) progressive product line
in 1986, and has since produced dozens of major winners with jackpots ranging
from just over $1 million (when a million dollars was the system's base
jackpot) to the world record slot jackpot of $39.7 million, won in March 2003
at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
All IGT MegaJackpots(R) top awards are paid in annual installments upon
verification, except MegaJackpots Instant Winners Jackpots(TM) and Rapid
Riches MegaJackpots(TM) awards, which are paid in their entirety upon
verification. For current MegaJackpots(R) prize amounts and "Where to Play"
information, visit MegaJackpots.com.
SOURCE International Game Technology
CONTACT: Ed Rogich of International Game Technology, +1-702-669-8777,
Web Site: http://www.igt.com