Toronto area woman wins record Canadian jackpot



    Woodbridge housewife wins close to $9M at Casino Rama

    MINJIKANING (RAMA), ON, March 24 /CNW/ - The Easter bunny brought a
Toronto area woman and her family the treat of a lifetime, when she discovered
she had won close to $9M on Saturday night at Casino Rama. Anna Falco (53 yrs)
of Woodbridge, ON had been playing the popular Megabucks Wide Area Progressive
slot machines for close to an hour when to her astonishment she hit the record
setting Canadian slot jackpot of exactly $8,920,622.89.
    Quickly surrounded by excited patrons on the busy Casino floor, many of
whom had their hands in the air mimicking Rama's popular television ads, Anna,
with tears welling in her eyes and a lump in her throat, found her shock had
turned to glee as her husband arrived to congratulate his wife.
    "This is almost more Big Time Excitement that I can handle", she said
with a twinkle in her eye. "When we called our two daughters to share the good
news, they thought we were kidding. One even called back to make sure we were
serious!" Anna and her husband, Franco, plan to share the money with family
and friends.
    "We're thrilled with this historic win, it proves this truly is Where
your Excitement begins" said Harry Oshanski, President & CEO of Casino Rama.
"The Falco's are longtime customers of Casino Rama and we're delighted to be a
part of this life changing event with them."
    The record-breaking win marks the fourth time the Megabucks jackpot has
been won at Casino Rama, a Toronto woman won over $1.8M on December 23rd,
2002, a local Orillia woman won over $2.1M on February 4th, 2005 and a Sudbury
man won $1.2M in July of 2005.
    MegaBucks was introduced in June 2001 to Ontario. The games are currently
offered at the following locations, Casino Niagara, Niagara Fallsview, Casino
Rama, Casino Windsor, OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie, OLG Casino Brantford, OLG
Casino Point Edward, OLG Casino Thunder Bay, OLG Casino Thousand Islands, OLG
Slots Georgian and OLG Slots Woodbine. All eleven casinos are linked to the
MegaBucks jackpot that begins at $1 million and continues to climb until a
customer at any of the eleven properties hits the winning combination with a
qualifying wager. A secondary progressive jackpot beginning at $5,000 can also
be won.

    Operating 24-hours a day, seven days a week since July 31, 1996, Casino
Rama is Ontario's only First Nation's commercial casino. The Casino offers a
complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110
gaming tables, nine unique restaurants; a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment
Centre and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health
club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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For further information:

For further information: Jenna Hunter, Media Relations Manager, Casino
Rama, 5899 Rama Road, Rama, ON, L0K 1T0, (705) 329-5179 direct, (705) 323-0092
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