Jackpots waiting!

Jan 11, 2005 1:14 AM

With Megabucks in pole position at more than $9 million, 13 MegaJackpots progressive top awards have raced past the $1 million mark. Three — Diamond Cinema, Wheel of Fortune dollars and Wheel of Fortune quarters — have jackpots exceeding $3 million; Wheel of Fortune Special Edition and Wheel of Fortune fifty cents are over $2 million.

"Taken together, $35 million are waiting to be won on these 13 Nevada MegaJackpots systems right now," said Ed Rogich, vice president of marketing for IGT, the company that developed and operates the statewide progressive systems. "And there’s a total of $3.5 million on other MegaJackpots progressive meters. "Winning any one of them would really jump start the new year!"

IGT developed the concept of statewide progressive jackpots in the 1980s and installed the very first system with Nevada Megabucks in 1986. Today the company operates 25 MegaJackpots systems in Nevada with separate systems in other US gaming jurisdictions including tribal casinos.

To date, the company has paid nearly $3.8 billion in major jackpots to lucky winners, including the world record slot jackpot of $39.7 million won on Megabucks in Las Vegas in 2003.

IGT is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of gaming and video lottery products and software systems in all jurisdictions where gaming or video lottery is legal.