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June 7, 2010


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Gina Morales, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, 813-627-7771

Gary Bitner, Bitner Goodman, 954-730-7330,


Two Tampa Residents Win $3 Million in Payouts in Less Than Three Weeks!

 $1.7 Million Jackpot Win Today On $1 Wheel of Fortune Progressive Megajackpot® Slot Machine


TAMPA, Fla. – A 24-year-old-man originally from Germany turned his $5 bet into a $1,710,259.30 jackpot on a $1 Wheel of Fortune Wide Area Progressive Megajackpot® Machine today! This makes $3 Million in payouts in 17 days, five millionaires in two years at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa! The jackpot hit right next to the waterfall at the center of the casino, suitably named the “Wonderwall.”

       The winner, a chef, has been a Tampa resident for a year and allowed us to release his name shortened to Bo E. He also gave permission to Seminole Hard Rock Tampa staff to take a photo and post on our social media sites and Web site. Check it out at or or After the win was verified, he went to pick up his wife at her nursing school in a limo with flowers to surprise her with the good news. “That’s the one person I most look forward to telling,” Bo said. He also said his neighbor was the one who told him he won; he didn’t realize it at first!

            Today’s MegaJackpot® is the second one to be paid at the casino this year, after Tampa resident Cory Mcalpin’s life-changing MegaJackpot® just 2 ½ weeks ago of $1.3 million. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa has now paid eight MegaJackpot® prizes totaling over $8 million in money. Within two years, four of the MegaJackpots® were million dollar jackpots, including an incredible $2.5 million prize paid on November 25, 2008. Seminole casinos around the state have also been included in the MegaJackpot® action. On July 19th 2008, the Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek awarded an amazing $2.3 million MegaJackpot® prize on a Wheel of Fortune® Special Edition progressive.


       The one-dollar Wheel of Fortune® progressive system has a starting jackpot of $300,000. In order to win the MegaJackpot®, a player bets a max bet of five dollars at a time while attempting to line up the Wheel of Fortune® symbols on the machine’s payline. Wheel of Fortune® 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 JackpotsÔ awards, which are paid in their entirety upon verification.


About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

The Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa is part of a Native American progressive gaming network which includes over 300 casinos nationwide. There have been a total of eight wide area progressive jackpots paid out at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. Each time a coin is played in a linked machine, anywhere in the network, the jackpot accumulates until some lucky winner hits the top jackpot award. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, is central Florida's ultimate entertainment destination with 178,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus and Mini Baccarat now in play along with 3,659 of the most popular slot machines. For more visit:


About Seminole Gaming

In addition to its two Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., the Seminole Tribe owns and operates five more Seminole-branded Florida casinos in Coconut Creek and Hollywood on the Southeast coast, in Immokalee near Naples, on the Brighton Reservation north of Lake Okeechobee and on the Big Cypress Reservation south of Lake Okeechobee. The Seminole Tribe has long been recognized for innovation in its gaming and other businesses. It opened the first high-stakes bingo hall and casino in the United States in 1979.  That facility was the forerunner of the Indian Gaming movement throughout North America. 


The Seminole Tribe of Florida acquired Hard Rock International, Inc. and other related entities from The Rank Group Plc in 2007 for approximately $965 million. The purchase is the first of a major international corporation by a Native American Indian Tribe and marks a milestone in the growing economic power and prominence of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and other Indian tribes in today’s business world.





*Management reserves the right to declare a jackpot null and void due to any irregularities and/or collusion.  Management decisions are final.


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