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Foxwoods awards another Megajackpot; $2.7 million paid this year

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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Dennis Hubbard won $509,827 when he hit a Temple of Treasure MegaJackpot at Foxwoods Resort Casino Feb. 21.

The winner, an Army retiree, said Foxwoods is the “only casino” he visits and he brought his good luck charm. “My wife is my good luck charm and I was feeling extra lucky today.” Hubbard explained he chose the winning machine because “it’s fun, entertaining and has bonus spins.”

After investing $65 into the winning machine, Hubbard was surprised to find he had won the top progressive prize. “[I] thought I had won a couple hundred dollars and was shocked to find out it was $590,827.49!” Hubbard said his family was equally stunned to hear about his MegaJackpot win. “I told all five daughters and not one believed me!” When asked about immediate plans for his winnings, Hubbard commented that first on his list will be “paying my sister-in-law $10,000 for babysitting my 13-year-old.”

Hubbard’s jackpot is the third to be awarded at the casino this year, bringing Foxwoods Resort Casino 2010 MegaJackpot payout to more than $2.7 million. The casino started the year off with an incredible $1.8 million MegaJackpot awarded Jan. 10 on a Wheel of Fortune $5 machine. Just two weeks later, on Feb. 15, another $438,746 was paid on a Wheel of Fortune $1 machine.

Foxwoods has now paid out more than $48.3 million in MegaJackpot prize money since 1995. Last year, Foxwoods Resort Casino awarded 10 MegaJackpots totaling $2.9 million, including a $1.1 million Wheel of Fortune jackpot. Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of two Connecticut casinos that belong to a 17-state gaming network that includes more than 300 tribal casinos nationwide. The network is made up of casinos that carry one or more IGT progressive games. Anytime a coin is played in a linked machine, anywhere in the network, the cumulative jackpot continues to grow until it is won.

The Temple of Treasure is a $1 progressive game. Progressive action begins if a player lands on the Prize Zone symbol. The top award is triggered when five Wild symbols land on the payline with the maximum bet wagered. The Temple of Treasure progressive has a starting jackpot amount of $100,000. The game also features some exciting bonus action. The bonus round is triggered when the Temple of Treasure symbol lands reels 1, 2 and 3. The player is then prompted to press a button to spin the die in the top box. Players will either land on credit values, the mystery symbol or the Collect symbol, all of which add to the bonus round excitement. If player moves up to 30 times without ending the bonus round they are awarded an additional 1,000 credits.

Temple of Treasure was developed by IGT 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 which are paid in their entirety upon verification.