WMS Gaming Installs Its First Jumble Branded Participation Gaming Devices in Nevada; Nearly 1000 Units on Order Backlog
 

CHICAGO & LAS VEGAS
Sept 18, 2000
 

WMS Gaming Inc , a subsidiary of WMS Industries Inc. (NYSE: WMS), announced
today it has received approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to install its
new JUMBLE(R) branded participation gaming machines. Beginning today,
and over the next two weeks, WMS will install the JUMBLE-themed gaming
machines in casinos during an aggressive roll-out phase. Since
unveiling the first version of JUMBLE at a product launch last month,
WMS has received signed orders for close to 1,000 units. JUMBLE is the
first game in a new series of participation games from WMS called
Puzzle Pays(TM). The second and third games in the Puzzle Pays series
will be licensed products based on the famous SCRABBLE(R) and
PICTIONARY(R) board games.

    Licensed from Tribune Media Services, a division of the Tribune
Company (NYSE: TRB), JUMBLE is known to newspaper readers, crossword
and puzzle fans as "that scrambled word game," and is featured in more
than 600 newspapers daily reaching more than 70 million readers.

    "The order backlog of nearly 1,000 games prior to a single
installation reflects casino operators' confidence in WMS Gaming's
products, their popularity with players, their earnings capability and
the strength of the JUMBLE brand. We have a very aggressive
installation program to quickly meet our customers' demand for the
product and maximize the roll-out of this new game," said Brian R.
Gamache, President and Chief Operating Office of WMS Industries. "We
are confident that by combining the high entertainment value of the
game with a broad installation to Nevada players from the outset, the
JUMBLE brand gaming machines will quickly become one of the
top-earning participation products in the marketplace."

    A photo of one of the first JUMBLE games being installed at Sunset
Station in Henderson, Nevada will be available after 1:00 p.m. Pacific
Time at the Company's website at www.wmsgaming.com.
    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 Gaming Inc., a subsidiary of 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.

JUMBLE(R)is a trademark of Tribune Media Services.(c)2000 Tribune
Media Services. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

SCRABBLE(R)is a trademark of Hasbro.(R)&(c)2000 Hasbro Inc. All rights
reserved. Used with permission.

PICTIONARY(R) is a trademark of Pictionary Incorporated, Nevada,
U.S.A.
 

Contact:
             Molly D. Sandberg
             Manager, Media Relations
             WMS Gaming Inc.
             773/961-1913
             or
             Jaffoni & Collins Incorporated, New York
             Joseph N. Jaffoni, Richard Land
             212/835-8500 or wms@jcir.com
 
 

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