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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 4:47 p.m., Monday, December 22, 2003

Moloka'i woman hits $8.9 million Megabucks jackpot

Advertiser Staff

A 70-year-old woman from Kaunakakai, Moloka'i, won $8.9 million today at the Fremont Hotel & Casino's Megabucks slot machine, the casino said today.

Amy Nishimura is in Las Vegas celebrating her 71st birthday, which is Christmas Eve. She arrived Sunday evening. She played her regular machine for about three hours before hitting the jackpot.

"That's my machine," Nishimura said in a casino press release. "Every time I come to the Fremont, this is the machine I play and now look, I'm a millionaire."

Her prize is believed to be the biggest won in Las Vegas slots by a Hawai'i resident since Honolulu postal worker John Tippin won $11.9 million in a Megabucks machine at the Las Vegas Hilton in January 1996.