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Largest jackpot in Cal.
hits at Thunder Valley

Jul 27, 2004 2:16 AM

California’s first Megabucks slot jackpot was also the state’s largest slot machine award. The $12,014,971 payoff was hit at Thunder Valley Casino, which is managed by Station Casinos.

"We are thrilled that Thunder Valley is the home of the largest jackpot in California’s slot machine history," aid Scott Garawitz, general manager of Thunder Valley.

The winner, Kao Vang of Sacramento, hit the award on an IGT Megabucks machine. He said he returned to the casino for the second weekend to play his favorite machine and spent only $100 and 20 minutes before becoming California’s newest millionaire.

"I’m always willing to take a chance, whether I win or lose," said Vang, a 38-year-old father of two. "Now I have the means to purchase my dream home, take my wife on a cruise and buy my son a car for his college commute. I couldn’t be happier."

Thunder Valley, which opened in June 2003, is operated by Las Vegas-based Station Casinos for the United Auburn Indian Community.

California Megabucks, like its Nevada cousin, connects gaming machines in casinos throughout the state to a single large jackpot that grows as machines are played. The top awards are paid in annual installments.