LINCOLN, California -- Dennis Shields wanted to show his mother, visiting from Tennessee, just how classy California casinos are. During their December 14 visit to Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln,
Wheel of Fortune Slots chosen by Shields for its Vegas-like appeal, Shields was also able to show his mother how to become an instant millionaire.
Shields was playing the $5 Wheel of Fortune ® machine when he hit the jackpot, making him $1,004,038 richer. He had invested $180 when lady luck struck.
"Once the three logos lined up, I was in shock, but nothing was happening and the machine was silent," said Shields. "Once the attendant arrived, I realized I'd won a million dollars. I tried to call my wife, who was in total disbelief, but she finally came over to see what I'd won."
Shields, a 43 year-old real estate agent, plans to continue working at his current job.
"On behalf of the Casino team members, a huge 'congratulations' to Mr. Shields," said Thunder Valley Casino General Manager Scott Garawitz. "This is just another great example of all the exciting possibilities for our patrons here at Thunder Valley."
Thunder Valley Casino, a 200,000-square-foot, $215 million casino, entertainment and dining complex owned by the United Auburn Indian Community, opened in June 2003. Located 30 miles east of Sacramento, it is Northern California's first casino offering all the elements of real Las Vegas-style gaming: service, cuisine and entertainment in an attractive, quality facility. Thunder Valley Casino offers approximately 2,700 slot and video machines, 100 table games, a 500-seat buffet, food court, Thunder Café and Austins Steakhouse. Also on property is the Falls Bar and parking for 3,300 vehicles.
Wheel of Fortune® was developed by IGT of Reno, Nev., a world leader in the manufacturing of gaming machines and proprietary software for progressive gaming systems. Sodak Gaming Inc. is the leading distributor of IGT slot machines and progressive systems on tribal lands and manages sales and service to Indian Country from its headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota. All IGT MegaJackpotsTM top awards are paid in annual installments upon verification, except MegaJackpots Instant Winners JackpotsTM and Rapid Riches MegaJackpotsTM awards, which are paid in their entirety upon verification.
|Thunder Valley offers opportunity for fun and relaxation with a spacious gaming floor that includes over 2,700 state of the art slot machines and over 98 gaming tables. While visiting Thunder Valley Casino be sure to feast at their fabulous fine dining and casual restaurants.|
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