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Oklahoma's third largest jackpot hit at Osage Million Dollar Elm casino
(BARTLESVILLE, OK) - A 46-year-old mother of three hit a $776,365.64 jackpot
Friday afternoon at Osage Million Dollar Elm casino in Bartlesville.
The slot machine jackpot was the largest for the Osage Nation's economic
enterprise which operates seven casinos in Osage County. It's the third largest
jackpot in Oklahoma this year.
"This is an exciting day for the biggest winner on a slot machine," said Ressa
Files, general manager at the Bartlesville casino. "It's fitting that we can
celebrate this jackpot with our guest and also the two-year anniversary of when
we first opened."
Tina M. Bell of St. Petersburg, Fla., can decide to accept annual payments of
$36,969.84 for 21 years or a one-time lump sum that has yet to be determined,
said Dave Vance, a game representative of International Game Technology (IGT)
based in Reno, Nevada. IGT is the world's largest slot machine maker.
Bell was playing a video slot machine called MultiStrike Elvis which was
introduced to the casino less than three weeks ago. Bell said she did not
realize at first that she had hit a jackpot because the machine stopped
operating and told her to call a casino attendant. "I was mad because I wanted
to keep playing the game," she said and then realized she had hit a big jackpot.
Bell said her first order of business is to pay for her late brother's funeral
costs. Bell said she will also help cover housing and vehicle payments for her
living three brothers, two of whom are from Oklahoma. Bell said she also has two
sisters. Her three children are ages 25, 23 and 16.
Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino, Bartlesville Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in
Bartlesville scenic rustic-style casino offers 600 electronic games, six
blackjack tables, two poker tables, a Player's Club, a buffet, bar, retail shop
and a dance club. Located five miles west of Bartlesville, the casino sits on
132 acres and employs about 215 people. An enclosed patio was added to
accommodate 60 more guests in the dining area, which seats nearly 300 guests.
Osage Nation operates casinos in Bartlesville, Sand Springs, Tulsa, Pawhuska,
Hominy, Skiatook and Ponca City. Osage Nation is the 25th largest tribe in the
United States and is located in Osage County, Oklahoma, the third largest county
in the USA and larger than the states of Delaware or Rhode Island. For more
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