WMS Industries to Manufacture Scrabble Branded Gaming Devices

CHICAGO & PAWTUCKET, R.I.
Aug. 17, 2000

Expands Participation Gaming Machine Product Line With Second Game in the Puzzle Pays(TM) Series -

    WMS Industries Inc (NYSE: WMS) announced today that it has
entered into a licensing agreement with Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS)
whereby WMS has secured the exclusive rights in the United States and
Canada to develop, manufacture and market gaming machines based on the
world-famous board game, SCRABBLE(R).
    Created by Alfred Mosher Butts in the 1930's, the SCRABBLE board
game combines the vocabulary skills of crossword puzzles and anagrams
with an element of chance. More than 60 years later, the SCRABBLE game
remains one of the most popular board games available from Hasbro
today, with more than 100 million games sold worldwide.
    "The SCRABBLE theme is a strong addition to our lineup of new
participation games and further extends our group of licensed gaming
machines based on high profile consumer brand names such as
MONOPOLY(R) and JUMBLE(R)," said Brian R. Gamache, President and Chief
Operating Officer. "Following JUMBLE, SCRABBLE is the second game in
WMS' new Puzzle Pays series which will feature some of the world's
most highly recognizable puzzle games and brands. The games will be
packaged together with themed signage and similar game play concepts,
allowing WMS to provide casinos with a total package for a themed area
of the slot floor. The Puzzle Pays series allows WMS the opportunity
to further increase our share of the participation market and generate
recurring revenues."
    "We are confident that WMS will do for SCRABBLE what it did for
MONOPOLY -- take a recognized, established brand and create popular,
top-earning gaming machines that remain true to the original elements
of the game," said Hasbro Vice President of 3-D Licensing and
Promotions Patricia Schmidt.
    The SCRABBLE product is currently under development. Pending
regulatory approval, the game will be placed in Nevada casinos in
Spring 2001.
    WMS Gaming Inc. is headquartered in Chicago (800/932-3021) with
offices serving Las Vegas (702/257-7020), Atlantic City
(609/569-0100), Biloxi, MS (228/396-3711), California (877/WMS-GAME),
Denver, CO (303/216-2945), Kansas City, MO (816/413-8700), Reno, NV
(775/827-6617), British Columbia, Canada (604/272-3935) and Barcelona,
Spain (34-93-594-8720).
    WMS Industries Inc., designs, manufactures and markets video and
reel spinning gaming devices and video lottery terminals.
    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements
concerning future business conditions and the outlook for the Company
based on currently available information that involve risks and
uncertainties. The Company's actual results could differ materially
from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result
of certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the
financial strength of the gaming industry, the expansion of legalized
gaming into new markets, legislation and regulatory changes in
existing gaming markets, the development, introduction and success of
new games and new technologies and the ability to maintain the
scheduling of such introductions, the ability of the Company to
qualify for and maintain gaming licenses and approvals, the outcome of
certain legal proceedings to which the Company is a party and other
risks more full described under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual
Report on Form 10-K and other periodic filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.
    MONOPOLY(R) is a trademark of Hasbro. SCRABBLE(R) is a trademark
of Hasbro in the United States and Canada.(R)&(c)2000 Hasbro. All
rights reserved. Used with permission.
    JUMBLE(R) is a trademark of Tribune Media Services.(c)2000 Tribune
Media Services. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

CONTACT: Molly D. Sandberg
             Manager, Media Relations
             WMS Gaming Inc.
             773/961-1913
             msandberg@wmsgaming.com

             Joseph N. Jaffoni
             Jaffoni & Collins Incorporated
             212/835-8500
           wms@jcir.com
 
 

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