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2012 Press Releases

October 26, 2012


Dover, DE --Ellisa Young, from New Castle, DE, became the first million-dollar IGT MegaHits™ jackpot winner this week.  Ellisa won a total of $1,453,960.86 playing the Wild Sapphire MegaHits™ progressive machine at Delaware Park Racetrack & Casino on Wednesday, October 24.  It was also the first time a player in Delaware has won the three-state progressive jackpot.

“October has been a lucky month for our players,” said Lottery Director Vernon Kirk. “After all of the excitement surrounding the recent $50 million POWERBALL® jackpot win, we were even more thrilled to learn there was another millionaire winner in Delaware. And with the plans we are making to introduce new and exciting offerings to our Delaware Lottery players in the near future, we expect to have even more big winners right here in our state.”

A retired surgeon originally from Pennsylvania, Ellisa now enjoys spending some of her free-time playing the Lottery.  She is a Delaware Park Player Rewards Club member and likes to play at the casinos in Delaware.

When at the casino, “I typically scope out the machines and see who is playing what,” she revealed.

In this particular instance on October 24, Ellisa was making her way through the machines at Delaware Park when she spotted Wild Sapphire Megahits™.

“One lady had just gotten up from the [Wild Sapphire MegaHits™] machine,” said Ellisa. “I sat down and after three spins, I had won!”

Ellisa bet the maximum bet of $3.

Not long after, when the bells and whistles announcing her big win and the crowd of people had subdued, Ellisa thought she might try her luck again.

“I went to play another machine and won a thousand dollars there!” she exclaimed.

Ellisa was paid $10,000 of her prize on the spot at Delaware Park and claimed the rest of her Jackpot at Delaware Lottery headquarters in Dover on October 26. 

Upon claiming her prize, Ellisa stated to Delaware Lottery officials that she would still continue to play the Lottery and offered one small piece of advice to other players.

“You’re going to win when it’s the right time and the right place.”

IGT’s MegaHits™ wide area progressive (WAP) jackpot game is a multi-state link available through a partnership with the Multi-State Lottery Association, IGT and the lotteries in Delaware, West Virginia and Rhode Island. This interstate progressive's starting jackpot resets to $100,000.

MegaHits™ is a wide area progressive jackpot that includes smaller progressive awards that hit frequently. It is available as a penny or three-coin dollar game, which requires the maximum bet of $3 to be eligible to win the top prize. Game themes on the link include IGT's popular Emerald Sevens™, Triple Ruby Riches™, Reel Gold™ and Wild Sapphires™ and feature a local, four-level progressive plus the WAP top award.

About the Delaware Lottery:
Since the start of operations in 1975, the Delaware Lottery has contributed more than $4.1 billion to the state's General Fund to help finance needed state services that benefit everyone in Delaware. The Lottery offers a variety of games: POWERBALL®, MEGA MILLIONS®, HOT LOTTO®, MULTI-WIN LOTTO, DELAWARE CASH 5®, PLAY 3, PLAY 4, KENO®, iGaming and assorted Instant Games, Video Lottery, Sports Lottery and Table Games. Delaware Lottery game and promotional details are available at delottery.com, at licensed locations, and from the Lottery's office in Dover.

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About the Casino at Delaware Park:
Delaware Park is a multi-faceted gaming facility offering guests live seasonal Thoroughbred racing, year-round simulcasting from around the globe, live table games, a 25-table poker room and 20-table dedicated tournament room, 2,500 exciting slot machines on two spacious levels, pro football sports parlay betting and White Clay Creek Country Club, featuring a world-class 18-hole championship golf course. Delaware Park is located minutes south of Wilmington and the Delaware Memorial Bridge and just north of the Maryland state line on I-95 at exit 4B. For more information on Delaware Park, visit www.delawarepark.com.

About MUSL:
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is a non-profit, government-benefit association owned and operated by its member lotteries. Each MUSL member offers one or more of the games administered by MUSL. All profits are retained by the individual lotteries and are used to available at www.musl.com.