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Lawsuit Alleges Wheel of Fortune Slot Machines are Rigged

23 November 2001

LOS ANGELES, California -- As reported by Reuters: "When is a spin on the Wheel of Fortune not really a spin?

"That's the question at the heart of a recent Michigan lawsuit, pitting a disillusioned slot machine player against the nation's biggest gaming equipment maker and two of the largest casino operators.

"At the heart of the matter is the popular `Wheel of Fortune' slot machine, which awards players a free `spin' of the wheel as a bonus each time they hit certain reel combinations.

"The problem, according to plaintiff and Michigan slot player Mary Kraft, is that the wheel is rigged.

"…But the lawsuit alleges that the wheels are made to look like the real thing and, as such, mislead players into thinking a spin is a random act when in fact it isn't. Such misrepresentation violates Michigan consumer protection laws, the suit alleges.

"…If it holds up in court, [Kraft's attorney Steven] Wasinger said he believes the thousands of Michigan gamblers who played the machines made by International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) could be owed more than $10 million, which is what the suit seeks in damages.

"…Besides IGT, other defendants named in the suit include the state's three casino operators, which include subsidiaries of gaming giants MGM Mirage (NYSE:MGG) and Mandalay Resort Group (NYSE:MBG).

"…But MGM Mirage spokesman Alan Feldman said the machines were certified for use by Michigan gaming regulators, and thus should be considered lawful for use in the state…"


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