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Man Wins $1.3M Jackpot at Tahoe Casino

May 18, 2004

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) _ A Fremont, Calif., man said he was down to his last quarters when Lady Luck intervened at a Lake Tahoe casino.

Kurt Yoshio Kitajima walked away Sunday with a $1.3 million jackpot from the Lakeside Inn and Casino at Stateline.

``I was playing my last 75 cents and was hoping I would hit something to keep me playing,″ Kitajima said in a written statement.

He said he was unaware at first that he had hit the MegaJackpot on the Wheel of Fortune game he was playing.

A financial consultant, Kitajima said he plans to put his winnings into a savings account.

Wheel of Fortune is a progressive slot machine manufactured by Reno-based International Game Technology.

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