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WMS Slot Machine Pays out Record Jackpot of $7.2 Million at Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

WMS Slot Machine Pays out Record Jackpot of $7.2 Million at Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi12:02 EST Tuesday, February 19, 2013 WAUKEGAN, Ill. and BILOXI, Miss. (Business Wire) -- WMS Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of WMS Industries (NYSE: WMS), announced today that a 73-year old Michigan resident won a $7.2 million jackpot on a WMS THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ progressive penny slot machine at the Palace Casino in Biloxi, Miss., on Friday evening, February 15. The jackpot exceeds the previous largest win on a WMS Wide-Area Progressive slot machine, which occurred in Atlantic City, when a player won $4.9 million on the Reel Adventure® link in January 2011. “We pay out jackpots every day here at Palace Casino Resort, and we are thrilled to be the home of the $7.2 million winning jackpot on WMS Gaming's THE LORD OF THE RINGS state-wide progressive penny slot machine,” said General Manager, Keith Crosby. Dean Ehrlich, Vice President of Gaming Operations for WMS, said, “The $7.2 million jackpot at the Palace Casino is a life-changing event for this player and his family, and it's wonderful to see our largest jackpot ever paid by WMS hit with this incredible win! We could not be more excited for this player.” WMS has a broad portfolio of Wide-Area Progressive machines linked to many multi-property progressive meters, and featuring premium brands such as MONOPOLY™, THE WIZARD OF OZ™, and SPIDER-MAN™. The slot machine is one of the exciting WMS games enhanced by Player's Life® Web Services that lets casinos add an online dimension to the games on their floor, allowing players to play for fun online and secure bonuses for in-casino play. The jackpot-winning player wished to remain anonymous. About WMS WMS serves the gaming industry worldwide by designing, manufacturing and marketing games, video and mechanical reel-spinning gaming machines, video lottery terminals and in gaming operations, which consists of the placement of leased participation gaming machines in legal gaming venues. The Company also develops and markets digital gaming content, products, services and end-to-end solutions that address global online wagering and play-for-fun social, casual and mobile gaming opportunities. WMS also addresses customers' gaming floor evolution with its WAGE-NET® networked gaming solution, a suite of systems technologies and applications designed to increase customers' revenue generating capabilities and operational efficiency. More information on WMS can be found at www.wms.com or visit the Company on Facebook®, Twitter® or YouTube®. THE LORD OF THE RINGS © 2013 New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc. MONOPOLY is a trademark of Hasbro. Used with permission. ©2013 Hasbro. All rights reserved. SPIDER-MAN, MARVEL, and all related characters, TM & © 2002-2007 Marvel Entertainment, Inc. and its subsidiaries. SPIDER-MAN movies © 2002-2007 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co. (s13) Judy Garland as Dorothy from THE WIZARD OF OZ. (s13). WMS:MediaMollie Cole, 773-961-1194,Director, Communicationsmcole@wms.comorInvestorsBill Pfund, 847-785-3167Vice President, Investor Relationsbpfund@wms.com